Historical Football Kits

 

Wrexham

Formed 1864: wound up in 1883.
Re-formed one month later.

Founder member of Division Three (North). Relegated to Blue Square National Conference 2008.

Kit History

 

 

 

Wrexham

 

1864-1883

 

Club wound up

wrexham fc 1878

1878 a

1882-1883 a

 

 

 

Re-formed as Wrexham Olympic

 

1883

 

Renamed Wrexham 1886

wrexham fc 1888

1888-1889 a

1892-1893 a

wrexham fc 1896

1896-1897 a

wrexham fc 1897

1897-1900 a

wrexham fc 1900

1900-1901 a

1903-1904 a

1904-1908 a

wrexham fc 1908

1908-1911 a

1914-1915 a

1919-1921 a

wrexham fc 1921

1921-1922 a

wrexham fc 1924

1924-1925 a

1927-1928 a

wrexham fc 1928

1928-1930 a

1930-1931 a

1932-1933 a

wrexham fc 1933

1933-1934 a

1934-1937 a

1937-1939 a

wrexham fc 1939

1939-1940 a

wrexham fc 1945

1945-1948 a

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1948-1950 a

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1951-1956 b

wrexham fc 1956

1956-1958 b

1958-1960 b j

1960-1961 b

wrexham fc 1961

1961-1963 b j

buy replica football shirts at HFK

1964-1965 b

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1965-1966 b

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1967-1970 b

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1970-1972 b

wrexham fc 1972

1972-1974 b f g

Umbro
wrexham fc 1974

1974-1975 j

Bukta

1975-1976 b j

Bukta
wrexham fc 1976

1976-1977 j

wrexham 1976-77 adidas kit for european cuo winners cup

1976-1977 Euro

v Anderlecht ECWC
Adidas
wrexham fc 1977

1977-1978 b g j

Adidas
wrexham fc 1978

1978-1980 b

Adidas
wrexham fc 1980

1980-1981 e

Patrick

1981-1984 b

Patrick
wrexham fc 1984

1984-1985 b

Winning Ways
wrexham fc 1985

1985-1987 b h

Hi-Tec
wrexham fc 1987

1987-1988 e m

Admiral
wrexham fc 1988

1988-1989 b

Spall

1989-1990 e

Spall
wrexham fc 1990

1990-1991 b

En-S

1991-1992 b

En-S
wrexham fc 1992

1992-1993 b

En-S

1993-1994 b i

En-S
wrexham fc 1994

1994-1995 c

En-S
wrexham fc 1995

1995-1996 b

En-S
wrexham fc 1996

1996-1997 c

En-S
wrexham fc 1997

1997-1998 c g

Super League

1998-2000 c

Super League

2000-2001 b

Super League
wrexham fc 2001

Aug - cSept 2001 e

Super League

cSept 2001-2002 e

Vandanel
wrexham fc 2002

2002-2003 c

Vandanel
wrexham fc 2003

2003-2004 c

Vandanel
wrexham fc 2004

2004-2005 c

Vandanel
wrexham fc 2005

2005-2006 d

Vandanel
wrexham fc 2006

2006-2007 d

Vandanel
wrexham fc 2007

2007-2008 d

Umbro
wrexham 2008-09 home kit

2008-2009 d

Umbro
wrexham 2009-10 home kit

2009-2010 d

Umbro
wrexham 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 d

Puma
wrexham fc 2011-12 home kit

Aug-Dec 2011 d

Puma
wrexham fc  december 2011 home strip

Dec 2011-2012 d

Adidas
wrexham afc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 d

Adidas
wrexham fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 d

 

Background

wrexham fc 1878Until 2012 it was believed that Wrexham FC was formed by the members of the town's cricket club as a way to stay together during the winter months in 1872 or 1873. New evidence has now come to light from copies of the Wrexham Advertiser on file at the National Library of Wales that the club was in fact formed in October 1864 and played its first game on 22 October against Prince of Wales Fire Brigade at the Racecourse. This version of events has now been adopted officially and makes Wrexham not only the oldest football club in Wales but the third oldest professional club in the world.

Alongside neighbours Druids FC and Chirk FC, Wrexham were pioneers of association football in North Wales. In 1876 Wrexham became founder members of the Welsh FA and won the first Welsh FA Cup competition in 1878. Because funds were so short, they did not receive a trophy until the following year. In 1883, Wrexham entered the English FA Cup for the first time and were expelled from the competition following crowd disturbances during their game with Oswestry Town. The club was disbanded and reformed one month later as Wrexham Olympic, reverting to its original name in 1886.

In 1890, Wrexham joined the Football Combination with a team that featured two players with only one arm each. Rising costs led to a decision to play in the Welsh League for two seasons 1894-96 but despite winning the championship in both seasons, support dwindled so the club rejoined the Combination, winning the title four times. Having played in a variety of blue kits, the club settled on green shirts in 1903. In 1905 Wrexham joined the Birmingham & District League where they remained until the formation of Division Three (North) in 1921, which they were invited to join. Immediately after the Great War, the team turned out in red shirts but on joining the League, Wrexham adopted blue shirts with a distinctive broad white band. The North Wales fans had little to cheer about and the club's best performance came in 1933 when they finished as runners-up.

Immediately before the Second World War Wrexham adopted the plain red shirts that are now firmly associated with the club; while a common outfit, the Welshmen were usually distinguished from other teams by the red stripes on their shorts. During the 1950s the club struggled in the League and were relegated to Division Four in 1960. Promotion followed in 1962 but two years later they were down once again and in 1966 wrexham fc crest 1967the team had to apply for re-election.

The following season the club crest was added to the team shirts, loosely based on the Wrexham coat of arms. This appeared on a white patch at first but from 1970 it was applied directly onto the shirts.

The arrival of John Neal as manager in 1970 heralded a new period of success for the club. Promotion to Division Three was followed by success in the Welsh Cup which in turn led to entry into the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1972-73, the first of eight European campaigns before the restructuring of Welsh football closed the door. In 1974 Wrexham reached the FA Cup quarter-finals.

wrexham fc crest 1975The old crest was retired in 1975 and a new version introduced that drew heavily on Welsh iconography rather than local influences.

Wrexham qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup again in 1976-77 reached the quarter-final. Prior to the first leg against Anderlecht, Wrexham were presented with a set of all-red strips by Adidas. At the time the German sportswear company was trying to break into to UK market and although Wrexham were not allowed to wear the new strip in domestic matches, they were among several teams that adopted Adidas the following season.

wrexham 1987-88 crestHard times followed in the 1980s when successive relegations saw the club drop back to the Fourth Division in 1983.

The familar crest was briefly dropped when Hi-Tec supplied the team's kit in 1987-88 but was reinstated the following season.

In 1991 Wrexham finished bottom and would have been relegated had the League not been restructured. A year later the Welsh club achieved their greatest giant-killing act knocking champions Arsenal out of the FA Cup and in 1993 they were promoted to the new Barclays Division Two (previously Division Three). In 2004-05, Wrexham became the first League club to suffer an automatic ten-point penalty after they went into administration. With relegation to League Two (formerly the Fourth Division) inevitable, the survival of this proud old club, twenty-three times winners of the Welsh Cup, remained in doubt until agreement was reached between the administrators and local car dealer, Neville Dickens in April 2006.

In 2007-08 the club struggled and finished in last place in League Two, losing their Football League status after 87 years. In May 2011 the club was sold to former Commercial Director, Jon Harris for £1, who now became Managing Director. A rival bid from the Wrexham Supporters' Trust was rejected by the owners, Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts but the following month, Moss announced that agreement in principle had been reached for the Supporters' Trust to take over. Although the immediate threat of being wound up was removed, it emerged in July that staff and players had not been paid and the club had run out of money. Two pre-season matches were cancelled and the directors were summoned to a meeting of the Conference to give assurances that the club would be able to fulfil its programme for 2011-12. In the meantime a deal was brokered with Glyndwr University who would buy the Racecourse while the Supporters' Trust would take over the club itself. Thanks to the generosity of supporters, an emergency fund raised sufficient cash in very short order to satisfy the Conference and, with just days to go before the new season, Wales' oldest wrexham fc crest 2012professional club survived.

There was an curious footnote to the takeover. The new owners of the Racecourse had a beer sales agreement with a different brewery so Greene King could no longer sell their own products at the ground as part of their sponsorship deal with the club. Their contract was amicably terminated in September but the Greene King sponsored shirts were worn until new sets with the Glyndwr University logotype were delivered just before Christmas.

In July 2012 the official date of the club's formation was accepted as being 1864 and the crest was revised to reflect this.

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