Historical Football Kits

 

Southend United

Formed 1906

Founder member of Division Three (South) 1920

Kit History

southend united 1906-07 kit

1906-1914 a

southend united 1914-15

1914-1915 p

southend united 1919-20

1919-1920 p

southend united 1919-1922

1920-1922 a

southend united fc 1926

1925-1926 p q

1930-1931 p

southend united 1936-1954

1936-1954 b

1954-1955 a

1957-1958 b

1959-1960 b

southend united 1960-61

1960-1961 b

southend united 1961-65

1961-1965 b i n

southend united 1965-67

1965-1967 a n

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1967-1968 a n

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1968-1969 a g n

1969-70 kit adopted part way through season
southend united 1969-70

1969-1970 a g

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1970-1973 c l

southend united 1973-75

1973-1975 a l

Admiral

1975-1976 l

Admiral
southend united 1976-78

1976-1978 a l

Bukta

1978-1980 a l

1980-1981 m

southend united 1981-82

1981-1982 a

1982-1983 k

1983-1984 a

southend united 1984-85

1984-1985 b

southend united 1985-86

1985-1986 k

1986-1987 f

southend united 1987-88

1987-1988 k

Spall

1988-1990 b h

Spall
southend united 1990-92

1990-1991 a h

Beaver
southend united 1991-92

1991-1992 o

Beaver
southend united 1992-94

1992-1994 d

Beaver

1994-1995 d

Beaver
southend united 1995-96

1995-1996 d

Olympic Sport
southend united 1996-97

1996-1998 d

Olympic Sport

1998-1999 d g

Rossco

1999-2000 b

Pro Sports
southend united 2000-02

2000-2001 b

Hi-Tec

2001-2002 d

Sport House
southend united 2002-03

2002-2003 d

Nike

2003-2004 d

Nike
southend united 2004-06

2004-2006 e

Nike
southend united 2006-07

2006-2007 e

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Southend United 2007-2008 Kit

2007-2008 e j

Nike
southend united 2008-09

2008-2009 e

Nike
southend united 2009

2009-2010 e j

Nike
southend united 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 e

Nike
southend united 2011-12

2011-2012 e

Nike
southend united fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 e

Nike
southend united 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 e

Nike
southend united 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 e

 

Background

southend united 1906-07Football had been played in Southend for some time before the modern club was founded. Indeed a team known as Southend United is recorded as early as 1898-97 but they have no connection with the present club. It was not until 1906 that the landlord of the Blue Boar Hotel, Oliver Trigg, met with fellow enthusiasts to form a new professional football club to take the place of Southend Athletic, which had just gone out of business. Southend United were immediately admitted to the Second Division of the Southern League, winning promotion to the First Division in 1908. During the Great War United's ground at Roots Hall Fields was turned into allotments and United moved to a new ground next door to the Kursaal Pleasure Park in 1919. Photographs show the stadium dwarfed by a giant water-chute, one of the principle attractions of the seaside resort at that time.

In 1920, Southend became founder members of Division Three when the old Southern League Division One was incorporated into the Football League. They remained at this level until 1958 when the regional divisions were scrapped and "The Shrimpers", as they were called, were placed in Division Three.

The club left the Kursaal in 1934 to move to a greyhound stadium at Grainger Road before returning to their original Roots Hall home in 1955. The ground was built from scratch over two years with funds raised entirely soutyhend united crest 1960by the Supporters' Club. Over the years the club became associated with mud - whether because of the state of their pitch or the endless vistas of the Thames estuary at low-tide is unclear.

Southend's traditional colour has always been blue, although the shade has varied soutyhend united crest 1965considerably over the years, but between 1959 and 1961 white shirts were adopted. These included a crest in 1960-61 that appears to have been based on the central badge of the town's coat of arms. The full coat of arms was worn for a couple of seasons in the middle of the decade.

soutyhend united crest 1968In 1968 Southend adopt all-navy shirts on which the coat of arms were replaced by a crest designed specifically for the club. Part way through the season the club was instructed to soutyhend united crest 1969change because the navy tops were too similar to the black shirts worn by referees: after the team played in shirts borrowed from various clubs, the supporters chose West Brom's stripes which were adopted for the rest of the 1968-69 season and the one that followed. The crest worn on these tops was rendered in colour.

In 1968 United were relegated to the Fourth Division and that's where they stayed until 1972 when the team began a yo-yo career that brought four promotions and as many relegations over the next 18 years.

soutyhend united crest 1975A horizontal monogram was adopted in 1970 to be followed by one of the more oddball badges that appeared in the Seventies. This was a shrimp, originally embroidered in white against the plain blue shirts with no further embellishment. In its soutyhend united crest 1976final season, however, the shrimp turned blue and was embroidered onto a white circular patch with the club initials.

Red trim was introduced in 1975 and remained in favour for the next decade. The shrimp was replaced by a more conventional diagonal monogramme typical of the period.

soutyhend united crest 1980From 1980 the team sported a very new look with white shirts set off by blue raglan sleeves and worn with plain blue shorts and socks. soutyhend united crest 1982Another novel badge was adopted, which looked like rather third-rate and which, oddly, was worn on the right-hand side of the shirt. This was replaced after two seasons by an altogether more traditional design that remained in favour for the next 18 seasons.

In 1985, yellow replaced white. In 1990, having been relegated the season before, United were promoted in third place, having led the Fourth Division table for most of the campaign. The following season, against all expectations, United were promoted again in 1991. For six splendid seasons, the Shrimpers played in Division Two/Endsleigh League Division One, even sampling European football with a tie against Fiorentina in the Anglo-Italian Cup.

southend united crest 1999-2000In 1997 the bubble burst and Southend were relegated to Nationwide Division Two and then immediately to the Nationwide Third Division, the lowest tier of the Football League.

soutyhend united crest 2000The turn of the millennium brought a new crest. Broadly similar to its predecessor, a football replaced the anchor in the top quarter while the shrimp made a welcome return on the lower quarter.

The navy and white theme was revived in 2001 when regulations were more liberal and income from the sale of replica strips drove clubs to redesign their kits on a regular basis. A dramatic revival began with promotion in 2005 followed by the League One title in 2006, taking the southend united 2006-07 centenary crestShrimpers back to the second tier, or the Championship as it had become known.

In November 2009 Southend avoided being placed into administration after agreeing to pay £2,135,000 in unpaid taxes to HM Revenue & Customs. The club had originally faced a winding up petition over a tax bill of £690,000 but HMRC applied to have to club put into administration as the debt spiraled. The dispute dragged on with a transfer embargo imposed by the Football League until a final settlement was reached with HMRC on 2 August 2010.

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