Historical Football Kits

 

York City

Formed 1922

Elected to Division Three (North) 1930. Relegated to the Conference 2004.

Promoted to npower League Two 2012

Kit History

york city 1922

1922-1923 a

york city 1924

1924-1927 a

1929-1930 a

york city 1932

1932-1933 a

york city 1933

1933-1937 a,e

york city 1937

1937-1938 a q

1941-1943 a

1947-1948 a

January 1948 a

york city 1948

1948-1950 a

york city 1950

1950-1951 a

1951-1956 a

york city fc 1956-57

1956-1957 n

1957-1958 a

york city 1962

1958-1966 a

york city 1967

1967-1969 a

york city 1970

1970-1972 a b

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1972-1973 a

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1973-1974 a

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1974-Nov 1975 a b k s

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Umbro
york city 1975-76 branded home kit

Nov 1975-1976 s

Unbranded kits also used
Admiral

1976-1977 b

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Admiral

1977-1978 b

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Admiral
york city 1978

1978-1979 a

Admiral
york city 1979

1979-1981 a

Admiral

1981-1982 l

Date sponsorship added to be confirmed
Le Coq Sportif
york city 1982

1982-1983 b l

Hobott
york city 1983

1983-Feb 1984 a s

Hobott
york city fc february 1984

Feb-May 1984 s

Hobott

1984-1985 a h

Shirt sponsor changed Dec or Jan
Hobott
york city 1985

1985-1987 a b

Rodsport

1987-1988 d t

Shorts/socks not confirmed
ABC Sport
york city 1989

1989-1990 a

ABC Sport

1990-1991 d j

Cavendish Sports
york city 1991

1991-1992 g j p

Cavendish Sports

1992-1993 c p

Cavendish Sports
york city 1993

1993-1995 a c j p

Admiral

1995-1997 c

Admiral
york city 1997

1997-1999 a b c

Admiral
york city 1999

1999-2001 a c

Own brand

2001-2002 c i j

Own brand
york city 2002

2002-2003 c j r

Nike
york city 2003

2003-2004 d

Nike
york city 2004

2004-2006 d

Nike
york city 2006

2006-2008 f

Nike
york city 2008-09

2008-2009 f

Nike
york city 2009-10 home kit

Aug-Dec 2009 f

york city 2009-10 strip

Dec 2009-2010 o

Nike
york city 2010-11 home kit

Aug-Oct 2010-'11 f p

Nike
york city fc october 2010-12

Oct 2010-2011 r

Nike
york city 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 f

Nike
york city 2012-13 home kit

2012-Jan 2013 f

Nike
york city fc 2013 strip

Jan 2013-2014 f r

 

Background

york city 1935-36The original York City FC was formed in 1903 but was wound up during the First World War. The present club dates from 1922 when members of the former club formed a limited company and gained admission to the Midland League. Playing in maroon and white, City made little headway but in 1929 they replaced Ashington in the League. It is interesting to note that in the voting, York gained 24 votes having finished in ninth place while Midland League champions, Mansfield Town, received only 16 votes.

York had an undistinguished career although in the 1930s, they abandoned their maroon jerseys in favour of chocolate and cream stripes, a reference to the city's association with the confectionary industry. After five years they changed to what were described as "distinctive red shirts." The official explanation was that the striped jerseys clashed with opponents too often.

york city fc crest 1950During the 1950s, City's fortunes improved. In 1955, having beaten Blackpool (complete with Matthews and Mortenson) and Spurs, they reached the FA Cup semi-final where they were defeated by Newcastle in a replay. During this remarkable campaign, the team wore the York coat of arms on their shirts: this featured the cross of St George and five golden lions to symbolise the period when Edward III made the city his capital during his wars with the Scots. The cap and mace represent the creation of the office of lord mayor by King Richard II.

Promotion finally arrived in 1959 when "The Minstermen" finished third in Division Four but it took only one season before they were back in the basement. The 1960s proved a trying period: re-york city fc crest 1970election in 1968 was followed by promotion and relegation in successive seasons and then three successive re-elections between 1967 and 1969.

The maroon shirts were revived in 1970 (along with a monogramme that ran upwards from left to right, the opposite of the usual style) and at the end of the season York were promoted back to Division Three. This time they managed to hang on, avoiding relegation on goal average for the next two seasons. Then in 1974, to the surprise of everyone, york city fc crest 1974York City won promotion to the Second Division. To mark their elevation, a bold white "Y" was added to their shirts. Known inevitably as the "Y-fronts," the club held on for two seasons before plunging all the way back to the Fourth Division and re-election in 1978. These shirts were enhanced by a stylised badge in which the "Y" and "C" were cunningly combined.

york city fc crest 1978The red shirts returned in 1978, now with navy shorts and a modern crest featuring the Bootham Bar and two heraldic lions. The structure represented was built in medieval times on the site of one of the four entrances into the original Roman fortress. This originally appeared in white but after 1983 a revised version was used that later was reproduced against a shield.

york city fc crest 1983In 1984, York won the Fourth Division championship. Four years later, City dropped back into the basement but in 1993 they won promotion once again, this time via the play offs. After an excellent season in Barclays Division Two (previously the Third Division), York reached the play-offs and narrowly missed out on york city fc crest 2002promotion to what was now Barclays Division One. This proved to be their high point and during the 1990s, York slipped back down to the lowest division and faced a mounting financial crisis. In December 2001 York's long-serving chairman, Douglas Craig warned the club might have to resign from the Football League unless a buyer could be found.

In March 2002 John Batchelor, owner-driver of the B&Q Touring Car Racing team, took over as chairman in March. Batchelor introduced a chequered flag motif to the team strip and new crest and changed the club's name to York City Soccer Club in a vain attempt to york city fc crest 2003appeal to the US market. After a year of broken promises, York went into administration and was taken over by the Supporters Trust who raised £500,000.

A new crest was introduced that reintroduced the five lions and revived the "Y" motif. (The version shown here is the one worn on team shirts and differs slightly to the one use on official documents.)

With Bootham Crescent renamed KitKat Crescent following a sponsorship deal with Nestle, the city's largest employer, York's immediate future was secured but they were not able to retain their League status. In 2004, they finished in last place and were relegated to the Nationwide Conference. The club dropped navy from its kits and played in plain red and white once more when they appeared at the lower level but returned to navy and red in 2008.

York returned to the Football League in 2012 via the play-offs.

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Sources

  • a York City FC - Images of Sport (David Batters 2000)
  • b Pete's Picture Palace
  • c empics
  • d Red and Blue Net - an excellent unofficial website.
  • e The Football Encyclopaedia (Associated Sporting Press 1934) - information provided by Arthur Fergus
  • f York City Official Site
  • g Bjørn-Terje Nilssen
  • h jumpers4goalposts
  • i "yorkie"
  • j David King
  • k Alick Milne
  • l Shaun Slack
  • m Steve Browne
  • n Keith Ellis
  • o Michael Knaggs
  • p Adam Vause
  • q Simon Monks
  • r Christopher Houghton
  • s Paul Bowser
  • t Adam Vause

Modern crests are the property of York City FC.