Historical Football Kits

 

Queens Park Rangers

Formed 1882

Founder member of Division Three 1920

Kit History

 

 

 

St Jude's

 

1882

queens park rangers 1882

1882-1886 a t

 

 

 

Queens Park Rangers

 

1886

QPR 1886

1886-1892 a s t

QPR 1892

1892-1899 a w

qpr 1899-1900

1899-1900 s

qpr 1900-01

1900-1901 s

QPR 1901

1901-1902 a

QPR 1904

1903-1905 a s

queens park rangers 1905

1905-1915 a r s

1920-1922 a

qpr 1922

1922-1925 p s v

queens park rangers 1927

1926-1930 a s v

qpr 1930-31

1930-1931 s

queens park rangers 1932

1932-1933 a q

1935-1937 a v

queens park rangers 1938

1938-1939 a s

qpr 1946-47

1946-1947 s

1947-1948 a s

queens park rangers 1948

Sept 1948-1949 a g s

queens park rangers 1949

1949-1950 a

queens park rangers 1950

1950-1953 a s

queens park rangers 1953

1953-1954 a

1955-1958 b

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qpr 1958-59

1958-1959 s

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qpr 1959-60

1959-1960 a x

qpr 1960-61

1960-1961 s u

queens park rangers 1960

1961-1962 f s

1962-1963

queens park rangers 1963

1963-1964 s

queens park rangers 1963

1964-1974 a s y

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Admiral

1974-1975 1 c k o u y

Aug-circa Dec

1974-1975 2 y

circa Dec-circa March
Umbro
qpr 1974-75 umbro kit

1974-1975 3 y

circa April
Adidas
qpr 1975 adidas strip

1975-1976 1 u y

see notes
Umbro
queens park rangers 1975

1975-1976 2 c k u y

Aug-Oct
Umbro

Oct 1975-76 c u y

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Adidas
qpr 1976-77

1976-1977 1 k u y

August
Adidas
queens park rangers 1976

1976-1977 2 u y

August-November
Adidas
qpr 1976-77

1976-1977 3 y

November
Adidas
qpr 1976-77 december-april kit

1976-1977 4 y

December-August 77
Adidas

1977-1978 c k u y

Adidas
qpr 1978 september

1978-1979 y

Adidas
qpr 1981-82

1979-1980 n y

Adidas

1982-1983 1 a k y

Adidas
qpr 1982-83 kit

1982-1983 2 y

Adidas
qpr 1983-84 red logos

1983-1984 1 y

Replaced by 1983 2 version mid-season
Adidas
queens park rangers 1983

1983 2-1985 a i y

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Adidas
queens park rangers 1985

1985-1986 a u y

Adidas

1986-1987 a u y

qpr 1987-88

1987-1988 q u y

No sponsor in opening games
Adidas
queens park rangers 19887

1988-1989 d f u y

Influence

1989-1990 a i u y

Influence

1990-1991 a i m u y

Brooks

1991-1992 a h i y

Clubhouse
queens park rangers 1992

1992-1993 a h i l y

Clubhouse

1993-1994 c

Early season sponsor's logo inset
Clubhouse
queens park rangers 1994

1994-1995 c

View From
queens park rangers 1995

1995-1996 c

View From

1996-1997 c

Le Coq Sportif
queens park rangers 1997

1997-1999 a

Le Coq Sportif

1999-2000 c

Le Coq Sportif

2000-2001 c

Le Coq Sportif
queens park rangers 2001

2001-2002 c

Le Coq Sportif
queens park rangers 2002

2002-2003 c

Le Coq Sportif
queens park rangers 2003

2003-2005 c

Le Coq Sportif

2005-2006 e

Le Coq Sportif
queens park rangers 2006

2006-2007 e

Le Coq Sportif

2007-2008 e j

Lotto
QPR 2008-09 kit

2008-2009 e

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Lotto
qpr 2009-2010

2009-2010 e

Lotto
qpr 2010-11

2010-2011 e

Lotto
qpr home kit 2011-12

2011-2012 e

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Lotto
qpr 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 e

Lotto
qpr 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 e

 

Background

QPR 1947-48In 1882 a group of former pupils from Droop Street School formed themselves into a football team named St Jude’s FC after the Institute where they had their headquarters. In 1886 the club merged with Christchurch Rangers and adopted the name of Queens Park Rangers (without an apostrophe), after the Queen’s Park district where most of the members lived. At the time the team played at London Scottish RFC's Brondesbury ground but after this became unplayable in the middle of the 1889-90 season, Rangers were forced to finish the season playing their home matches at their opponents' grounds. After this the club led a nomadic existence for almost 30 years.

In 1892 QPR adopted green and white hoops and entered the West London League. In 1894-95 they won the London Cup and entered the FA Cup for the first time. Faced with their top players being poached by other clubs, Rangers decided to turn professional in December 1898 and the following season they were admitted to the Southern League. In 1908 they won the Southern League championship and, in anticipation of being elected to Division Two of the Football League, they resigned. When Tottenham Hotspur were elected instead, Rangers had to go cap in hand to be readmitted. Although they were successful, they had to play all their games in midweek as the fixture list had already been drawn up.

In 1919, having played on no fewer than eleven grounds, Rangers took over the Loftus Road stadium of Shepherds Bush FC and this has remained their home ever since. The following season, Rangers joined the Football League when the old Southern League Division One was incorporated as Division Three. Having finished bottom twice and survived two re-election campaigns (1924 and 1926), a new manager was brought in and the broad blue and white hooped shirts that have become firmly associated with the club were adopted. In 1931 the club moved to the White City but this proved a financial disaster and a year later they were back at Loftus Road.

Success finally arrived in 1948 when Rangers were promoted as champions of Division Three (South). Withqpr crest 1953 rationing still in force, the club appealed to fans to donate coupons to replace their kit and in 1948-49 they played in blue shirts with white sleeves as a result. Hoops were restored in 1949-50 but after Rangers were relegated in 1952, they were dropped in favour of plain white shirts. The club crest, based on the coat of arms of the London Borough of Hammersmith, featured on these shirts but was dropped when hoops were reinstated in 1959.

The 1966-67 season was the club’s most successful season to date. They not only won the Third Division championship, but also the League Cup beating West Bromwich Albion 3-2 after trailing 0-2 at half-time. In 1968 they were promoted to Division One but were relegated at the end of the season. In 1973 they were promoted back to the top flight.

In 1974 Rangers adopted Admiral as their kit supplier, beginning a period of bewildering variations: the contract with Admiral lasted for half the season before unbranded shirts, with white collars replaced them. At the end of the season, the team were wearing Umbro. In the summer of 1975, the team were photographed wearing Adidas shirts, the first time an English team had worn the iconic trefoil logo and three-stripe trim. At the time, Adidas were expanding and had started to produce football strips in addition to their traditional qpr crest 1975business of football boots. They had a contractual arrangement with Umbro at the time and it was the English company that supplied the team's strip for the following season, which for the first time, featured the club badge. From October the hoops were noticeably more narrow and the crew neck was in blue.

In 1976 Rangers turned out in Adidas (without a crest): for the first match they wore narrow hoops from Adidas' stock before a more traditional width was delivered in time for their second game. They finished as runners-up in Division One to qualify for Europe for the first time.

Iqpr crest 1979n 1978 the crest appeared once again in white against a blue hoop. The team was relegated at the end of the season. The team was relegated at the end of the season.

The 1979 version of the hooped shirts placed the crest and Adidas logo in blue against a white hoop.

qpr crest 1982Having reached the FA Cup final in 1982, QPR won the Second Division in 1983, having introduced a very stylish new crest at the start of the season. There were two versions of the shirts in 1982-83 with the crest and Adidas logo appearing out of both blue and white hoops: these sometimes appeared in the same match.

In 1981 Rangers became the first English club to install an artificial playing surface. The plastic Loftus Road pitch proved deeply unpopular with visiting sides and in 1988 it was replaced with turf.

In 1996 the club was relegated from what was now the Premier League and at the end of the season Chris Wright, the club’s chairman and owner of Chrysalis Records took a controlling interest in the club. After buying Wasps RUFC and relocating them to Loftus Road, Wright restructured the two clubs under the banner of Loftus Road plc and floated the new company on the stock exchange, realising £12m. On the pitch, however, results were poor and the club was relegated to qpr crest 2008Nationwide Division Two (the old Third Division) in 2001.

In 2001 the club was forced into administration and were only rescued when a high interest £10m loan was negotiated and, after a period of austerity, the club returned to the Championship (second tier) in 2004. Boardroom scandals in 2005-06 and the tragic deaths of two young players in 2006 and 2007 threatened to overwhelm the club. After Rangers were bought by Formula One tycoons, Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore in 2007, their finances stabilised and, as a symbol of what they hoped would be a new era, the crest was replaced with an heraldic design that incorporated the club's traditional broad hoops.

In 2011 Rangers won the Championship title to return to the Premier League. In March 2011 Bernie Ecclestone indicated he might be interested in selling his 69% stake in the club for £100m. Ownership passed to Malaysian businessman, Tony Fernandes in August 2011 for a fee rumoured to be in the region of £35m. Controversy over financial arrangements made by previous owners continued to plague the club and legal action from previous investors remain unresolved at the time of writing.

The team struggled and narrowly avoided relegation in 2012 but the following season they went down to the Championship.

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Sources

  • (a) Queen's Park Rangers FC (Images of Sport: Tony Williamson)
  • (b) Southend United FC (Images of Sport)
  • (c) empics
  • (d) Sporting Heroes
  • (e) QPR Official Website
  • (f) Football Focus
  • (g) Barry Thompkins
  • (h) John Lewis
  • (i) David King
  • (j) Football Shirt Culture
  • (k) Alick Milne
  • (l) Craig Sully
  • (m) Simon Ståål
  • (n) Simon Wise
  • (o) Steven Browne
  • (p) Simon Ståål (Pathe News clip)
  • (q) Simon Monks
  • (r) The Lord Price Collection
  • (s) Keith Ellis (HFK Research Associate)
  • (t) The Book of Football, a Complete History & Record of the Association and Rugby Clubs 1906 provided by Richard Essen
  • (u) Christopher Worrall
  • (v) Michael Gluck
  • (w) The Football Sun 8 April 1899 found by Richard Essen
  • (x) Paul Harris
  • (y) History of QPR Kits - the definitive pictorial history since 1973

Modern crests are the property of Queen's Park Rangers FC.