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12 January - Current Season Update
Long-term contributor David King has been in touch with some amendments to the detailing of several kits. Morecambe (1st), Colchester United (2nd), Cardiff City (2nd), Rochdale (3rd), Plymouth Argyle (3rd added), Portsmouth (1st), Cheltenham Town (1st), Carlisle United (1st), Grimsby Town (1st), Doncaster Rovers (2nd).
I've updated the Third Lanark section with some information about the successor club which was formed in 2008, 51 years after the original was wound up.
10 January - International Update
A Polish contributor, Rafal, has sent in several photos of this unrecorded Republic of Ireland shirt. O'Neills supplied the FA of Ireland between 1976 and 1985 and it was not unusual for them to provide non-standard shirts. Rafal tells me he received this from a former Polish international player (now deceased) and that it is match-worn. If you can identify the match it comes from please let me know.
Euro 76: Yugoslavia kits corrected.
Northern Ireland: 1983 kit added.
Scotland: Alternate kit worn in West Germany added.
Silly Kits Dept
Here is Tokyngton Manor, wearing diagonal stripes, shaking hands before their match with Kentish Town in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One in 2012. This is certainly the worst kit clash I've ever seen.
Bradford (Park Avenue) had a long history of unconventional strips before they went out of business in 1974. Pictured on the right is Kevin Hector, their greatest ever player making an appearance for the reformed club sometime after its formation in 1987 in a fund-raiser against Leeds United. It's good to see that the reincarnated club kept tradition alive with this bizarre combination of vertical and diagonal stripes.
9 January - Last of the Crest Updates
7 January - More Crests
Reading (1996), Portsmouth (1995), Peterborough United (2003), Swindon Town (1991), Wolverhampton Wanderers (2000), Hull City (2004), Burnley (1914 FA Cup Final [left], 1969, 1983, 1996, 2006), Arsenal (2005), Tottenham Hotspur (1997), West Bromwich Albion (1994, 1995), Partick Thistle (1990).
6 January - Happy New Year!
After an extended break over Christmas and New Year we're back and it's time to make an impression on HFK's bulging mail bag I'm going to try dealing with material that has been waiting the longest so if you have submitted something recently please be patient: I will get round to it in due course.
Crest History Updates
Oleg Baranov specialises in tracking down material to enhance our crest history and back in September he sent me a wealth of material so let's start with that. Darlington (1998), Nottingham Forest (1970), Middlesbrough (1976, 1979), Wycombe Wanderers (1973, 1990, 1999), Huddersfield Town (1966, 2002, 2005).
I have updated the Wycombe Wanderers graphics 1990-2009 with what I hope are more accurate shades of blue.
16 December - Huddersfield Town
Sometime during the 1970s manufacturers started to supply both long and short sleeved shirts and these are evident in photographs from this and later decades. (Our graphics generally show long sleeved versions.) Research Associate, Roger Pashby, has told me that when Mick Buxton was in charge at Huddersfield Town between 1978 and 1986 he insisted that the players all wear short sleeved shirts, a quirky fact that I thought was worth recording. I've taken the opportunity to refresh the graphics from 1987 to 2001 with more accurate renderings of the club crest and other tweaks to the detailing.
This is the 1979-80 side with the Fourth Division trophy.
Silly Kits Dept
On the left we have a shirt with a mind-bending pattern that was donated to Newport (Isle of Wight) FC of the Wessex League by their sponsor, Saunders Sports for use as a third kit. And in the blue corner we have a stealth design worn by FC Järfälla, currently playing in the sixth tier of the Swedish pyramid. I can imagine that on a foggy afternoon this would render the team invisible.
My thanks go to Chris Berezai for submitting these. More soon.
15 December - Current Season Update
Airdrieonians sold out of replica shirts within 35 minutes after the club's supporters trust launched their sponsorship of their own team's shirts. The shirts are printed with an image of supporter Mark Allison who died of pancreatic cancer last June having raised over £70,000 for cancer research charities. Airdrie usually sell 100-150 replica shirts each season but the entire stock was sold out immediately. The club has ordered additional stock and even through these will not arrive until March, 200 orders have already been taken. Profits will go to the charities that Allison supported.
This scruffy image is the first evidence I have seen for a strip that I believed existed but had only a vague memory of an entry in the Playfair Football Annual from 1959-60 to go on. It shows a match between Northampton Town and Barrow, with the visitors wearing striped shirts. This marked a transition: the team had previously worn predominantly blue shirts with white shorts and in 1960 they swapped these around. White shirts and blue shorts remain the the preferred scheme to this day.