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Latest News & Updates

27 September

bradford PA 1931-32 colourisedGeorge Chilvers has performed his alchemy on the Bradford (Park Avenue) photograph I featured a week ago and I thought you would like to see the result.

burnley v liverpool march 1914The photograph on the right is from the Burnley Express 18 March 1914 when Liverpool were the visitors. Liverpool had worn what the Liverpool Echo described as "paralysed pink costumes" in the fixture at Anfield in November 1913 (presumably a reference to the washed out state of their red and white change shirts). For the return Burnley, as the home team, changed into blue and white stripes but discovered Liverpool had taken the field in black and white striped tops. The home team retreated to the dressing rooms and donned their usual claret and blue. (Found by Pavel Shalaev.) Curiously, when the teams met again at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final a month later, both played in their regular first choice shirts (Source: Dundee Courier, April 27, 1914).

Blackpool (1990-91 detailing added).

22 September - Scottish Clubs 2005-06

Ian McConnel has provided information that allows me to improve the detailing on these graphics: Rangers (1st, 2nd, 3rd), St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Peterhead, Aberdeen, Falkirk, Heart of Midlothian, Livingston, Hibernian, Dunfermline Athletic, Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

21 September - 2016-17 Update

Premier League: Manchester City (3rd).

League One: Millwall (2nd socks updated).

League Two: Doncaster Rovers (charity kit), Crawley Town (3rd).

Scottish Premiership: Heart of Midlothian (3rd).

NIFL Premiership: Glentoran (change).

20 September

bradford pa 1931-32 team groupOur old friend and avid colouriser of old football photographs, George Chilvers, has submitted this intriguing picture of Bradford (Park Avenue) from 1931-32. This is when the club dropped their traditional hooped tops in favour of unique amber shirts with red and black sides. George noticed that half of the squad are wearing shirts with black sleeves. It seems unlikely that these were change shirts as they were so similar to the versions with amber sleeves and I speculate that the suppliers provided bradford pa 1933-34 team grouptwo different versions. Perhaps one set was worn by the reserves. Incidentally the amber sleeves are black on the reverse.

The next photographic evidence we have comes from 1933-34 and while the basic design is the same, there are no black sleeve versions and the sleeves are amber on both sides.

8 September

Robert Dale has uncovered more on Wimbledon. The "W" shirts shown below were in fact worn in 1919-20: the white tops previously shown are now believed to have been a change strip. Furthermore, written records indicate that these tops were blue and red. HFK regular Tony Sealey has submitted photographs that have led me to change the 1982-83 graphic.

Barnet (2016-17 1st socks changed).

2 September

wimbledon fc 1920-21 teamI am grateful to Robert Dale from The Historical Don who has contributed the recently published new material about Wimbledon FC. Bert has now found references to the team wearing black and white in 1912, when the club was re-formed after the demise of Wimbledon Borough. The photograph, (which was not taken on matchday which may explain the various knickers on display) shows the team wearing blue tops for the first time in 1920. The London FA did not approve of the large "W" on the chest and this was later dropped.

Carlisle United (1992-93, 1987-88 detailing amended.)

1 September

colchester utd january 1946 team groupThanks to the extensive collection of team photographs on coludaybyday.co.uk I've been able to update the timeline for Colchester United and add the missing 1988-89 kit. This is the team pictured in January 1946, one of many on the site.

We have more on the original Wimbledon FC, including a tantalising gimpse of their colours in 1911-12 when they played as Wimbledon Borough and new information on their colours 1919-23. The timeline has also been revised to fill in some of the remaining gaps.

Elgin City (1968-69, 1974-75 added): Tottenham Hotspur (1901 change revised).

I've smartened up the Leeds United crest history and added the missing 1998-99 version (thanks to Samuel Clark).

31 August

NIFL Premiership logoThe NIFL 2016-17 Section is now open.

 

30 August

wimbledon old centrals 1904-05 teamThis is Wimbledon Old Centrals pictured in 1904-05 wearing what I assume are green and black shirts. According to The Historical Don these were the colours adopted in 1896. I have also revised the 1893-96 graphic to show their previous colours of light blue and chocolate and that for 1896-97.

Elgin City (1897-98, 1902-03, 1907-08, 1909-10, 1913-14, 1948-49, 1989-90 added): Chelsea (1938-39 change added).

26 August - 2016-17 Update

Queen's Park will wear a special strip tomorrow against Livingston based on their original colours as part of their preparations to celebrate their 150th anniversary next year. The navy and grey combination will be worn as first choice until the end of the 2017-18 seson.

Blackburn Rovers (3rd shirt detailing added), Derby County (3rd), Hull City (2nd sponsor confirmed).

19 August - 2016-17 Update

wpl logoI've added the new season section for the Welsh Premier League. Highlights include a fine new bespoke kit for Aberystwyth Town and the debut of Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Other additions: Bristol City (2nd), Blackburn Rovers (3rd), Bolton Wanderers (3rd), Everton (3rd), Berwick Rangers (new sponsor added).

17 August

fc nice 2016 commemorative shirtI should like to pay respect to FC Nice who wore this commemorative shirt in their opening Ligue 1 fixture on Sunday as a tribute to the 85 people who died in the attack on Bastille Day in the city. The names of the victims are printed into the front in a heart shape. Members of the crowd held up large cards with the number "85" printed on them in an act of solidarity.

Nice won the match against Rennes 1-0 who also wore shirts with the heart motif.

Liverpool's Blue Shirt

HFK's elves have been busy over the last five days uncovering the truth behind the blue Liverpool shirt liverpool 1989-91 shirt photoshoppedfeatured in my last post. A popular theory was that the image had been photoshopped and William Kay went so far as to try to prove it with this image of a genuine (red) top which he manipulated to prove the point. The problem with this idea is that our contributor, Linda Connor, owns one. Furthermore she has discovered another in Dublin and a third was recently sold on eBay as "a very rare Liverpool football shirt."

John Lovett speculated that the top might have been worn by Liverpool's goalkeepers in cup games but I've found no evidence of this.

liverpool 1989-91 genuine shirtThe second theory is that the shirt is a fake. Russel MacKenzie and Jon Jones compared a genuine top (right) with the one sold on eBay and noticed a couple of anomalies. Look closely and you will notice that the blue version has the Adidas Equipment neck tag (introduced 1991) rather than the trefoil label evident on the real thing. Furthermore, liverpool 1989-91 faked blue shirtthe trefoil on the right breast has two (®) registered trademark symbols rather than the regulation one.

This begs the question I posed five days ago,namely, why would anyone produce a fake Liverpool liverpool fake blue 1989-91 shirt detailshirt in blue? Thomas Kenmuir, has the answer. Several years ago ...my wife and I were in Valletta, Malta, when I noticed a market stall selling hundreds of different football shirts. Upon closer inspection some of the shirts which looked to be genuine articles were in fact very good copies. I think I actually saw a shirt like the one shown displayed next to a blue and white CELTIC shirt and a blue and green MOTHERWELL shirt. When I pointed these out to the stall holder he said he knew nothing about football and all his stock was the genuine article and I had no right to question his integrity and honesty etc, etc. So rather than argue I let it go so perhaps that where that Liverpool shirt came from.

So there you have it. My thanks to everyone who contributed and my commiserations to the punter who paid £250 for a Maltese knock-off!

12 August

liverpool blue shirt 1989-90Let's start today off with a real oddity, sent in by Linda Connor. Clearly this is a Liverpool shirt from 1989-91. The quality is apparently good and as far as I can tell, the detailing and the textured print on the fabric is all accurate, which seems to rule out this being a fake. But why on earth would anyone produce a Liverpool shirt, whether fake, prototype or otherwise in blue? Had some designer at Adidas failed to do his research? Was this part of a secret conspiracy to merge Liverpool with Everton? Was there a terrible mistake in translating the order leading to the wrong dye being used at some factory in the far east? The people of Merseyside demand to know!

Historical Updates

Derby County (2007 play-off final kit added): Sheffield Wednesday (1989-91 crest and logos corrected): Rotherham United (1988-89 kit now correctly dated): Rochdale (green piping added to Rochdale 1996-98 shirt): Manchester United (1976-77 European change kit had red socks, not blue as previously shown).

2016-17 Update

Torquay United (1st), Northampton Town (3rd), Blackpool (2nd).

6 August - 2016-17 Update

Premier League: Sunderland (2nd).

Championship: Preston North End (3rd), Fulham (2nd).

League Two: Hartlepool United (2nd), Stevenage (1st shorts & socks confirmed).

Scottish Premiership: Rangers (2nd, 3rd).

That's it for a few days as I'm taking a short break. Updates will resume next week.

4 August - Historical Update

halifax town 1911 teamI am grateful to Johnny Meynell, Halifax Town's official historian, who has provide a lot of information that has filled in most of the gaps in my records. In among his material are a couple of surprises. For example, The Shaymen started outwearing black and white stripes as halifax town 1920s trading cardworn here by the first ever team in September 1911. It was not until competitive football resumed after the First World War that they adopted blue and white. Another surprise was that between 1924 and 1930 the team wore unique blue shirts with gold shoulders By coincidence, as I was browsing the interweb looking for additional material, I bumped into this trading card from the 1920s, which corroborates Johnny's information.

2016-17 Update

Peterborough United (2nd, 3rd*), Millwall (2nd updated), Newport County (socks confirmed).

3 August - Historical Material

With the bulk of the new club kits now on the site, we can turn to some of the huddersfield town 1908-09 team grouphistorical material sitting in the inbox.

This is the first ever Huddersfield Town team that joined the North Eastern League in September 1908, known as The Scarlet Runners. HFK Research Associate Roger Pashby has confirmed that the team wore white shirts pre-season but switched to red when league competition started. The photograph comes from Roger's Huddersfield Town Collection.

Ross County (the time line for 1990s kits has been revised): Halifax Town (1911-16, 1919-21 added, 1985-86, 1986-87 corrected): Hereford United (1985-86, 1987-88 detailing amended): Carlisle United (1987-88 alternative sponsor added):

2016-17 Update

Tottenham Hotspur (1st, Eur & 2nd shorts details amended): Bolton Wanderers (2nd added).

2 August - Scottish Update

Scottish Premiership: Celtic (3rd), St Johnstone (2nd), Kilmarnock (2nd), Dundee (3rd).

Scottish Championship: St Mirren (2nd).

Scottish League One: Livingston (2nd).

kilmarnock team 1895-96Scottish League Two: Clyde (2nd kit sponsor added), Cowdenbeath (2nd).

Former Members: East Stirlingshire.

Kilmarnock

Here is the Kilmarnock team from 1895-96 with the Qualifying Cup wearing previously unrecorded hooped jerseys. This is one of many historical team photographs on the killiefc.com site.

1 August Update

Premier League: Arsenal (2nd, 3rd), Liverpool (3rd), West Ham United (3rd), Manchester United (3rd).

Championship: Huddersfield Town (3rd), Blackburn Rovers (2nd), Brentford (3rd).

League One: Fleetwood Town (1st*).

League Two: Grimsby Town (2nd).

Former Members: Aldershot Town, Boston United, Dagenham & Redbridge*, Wrexham, Kidderminster Harriers, Macclesfield Town, Stockport County.

*unchanged.

29 July Update

Premier League: Chelsea (3rd).

Championship: Burton Albion (1st, 2nd), Brentford (1st, 2nd), Reading (1st, 2nd), Nottingham Forest (2nd), Leeds United (1st).

League One: Rochdale (3rd*), Bristol Rovers (1st, 2nd), Shrewsbury Town (1st*, 2nd), Bury (1st, 2nd).

League Two: Cambridge United (2nd), Newport County (1st, 2nd).

28 July Update

Premier League: Manchester City (2nd).

League One: Bolton Wanderers (1st), Northampton Town (1st), Southend United (1st, 2nd), Charlton Athletic (3rd).

League Two: Cheltenham Town (1st, 2nd), Blackpool (1st).

27 July Update

Premier League: Manchester United (1st), Hull City (1st), West Ham United (1st).

Championship: Brighton & Hove Albion (1st).

League Two: Portsmouth (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Notts County (1st, 2nd).

26 July - 2016-17 Update

Premier League: AFC Bournemouth (3rd), Southampton (detailing of shorts/socks confirmed), Burnley (2nd).

Championship: Fulham (1st), Brighton & Hove Albion (2nd), Preston North End (1st socks updated).

League One: Sheffield United (2nd), Charlton Athletic (1st), Scunthorpe United (1st, 2nd).

League Two: Morecambe (1st shorts corrected), Grimsby Town (2nd), Doncaster Rovers (1st, 2nd), Colchester United (3rd), Crewe Alexandra (2nd).

22 July - More 2016-17 Club Kits

Championship: Huddersfield Town (2nd), Norwich City (2nd, 3rd), Sheffield Wednesday (1st, 2nd, 3rd).

League Two: Colchester United (1st, 2nd).

21 July - 2016-17 Updates

Premier League: Everton (2nd), Hull City (2nd).

Championship: Newcastle United (2nd, 3rd).

League One: Oldham Athletic (1st, 2nd, 3rd*).

20 July - 2016-17 Updates

Premier League: Chelsea (2nd).

Championship: Nottingham Forest (1st socks corrected), Wigan Athletic (2nd, 3rd), Preston North End (1st, 2nd).

League One: Peterborough United (1st), Coventry City (2nd).

League Two: Leyton Orient (1st socks confirmed), Yeovil Town (1st, 2nd*).

19 July - 2016-17 Updates

Scottish Premiership: Hamilton Academical (2nd), Celtic (2nd), St Johnstone (1st), Rangers (1st).

Scottish Championship: Greenock Morton (1st socks and other detailing confirmed), St Mirren (1st socks confirmed).

Scottish League One: Alloa Athletic (1st, 2nd*), Brechin City (1st, 2nd*), Peterhead (1st*, 2nd*), Queen's Park (1st*, 2nd*), Stenhousemuir (1st*, 2nd*).

Scottish League Two: Stirling Albion (1st, 2nd*), Arbroath (2nd), Berwick Rangers (1st*, 2nd*), Clyde (1st, 2nd), Elgin City (1st*, 2nd*).

With all first kits confirmed and just a handful of change kits to be released, that's it for the Scottish section for the time being.

17 July - 2016-17 Updates

Scottish Premiership: Heart of Midlothian (2nd), Hamilton Academical (1st), Motherwell (1st, 2nd, 3rd).

Scottish Championship: Dumbarton (1st, 2nd).

Scottish League One: Stranraer (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Livingston (1st).

Scottish League Two: Annan Athletic (1st*, 2nd*), Montrose (1st*, 2nd*), Forfar Athletic (1st, 2nd*).

*Unchanged

15 July - 2016-17 Updates

I'm going to focus on Scottish clubs today.

Scottish Premiership: Partick Thistle (1st, 2nd), Inverness Caledonian Thistle (1st, 2nd), Ross County (1st, 2nd).

Scottish Championship: Raith Rovers (1st*), 2nd), Hibernian (1st, 2nd), St Mirren (1st).

Scottish League One: Albion Rovers (1st*, 2nd, 3rd*).

Scottish League Two: Edinburgh City (1st, 2nd).

edinburgh city fc 1938I have been considering whether I was correct to set up a new section for Edinburgh City following their promotion to the SPFL and have come to the conclusion that they are in fact a continuation of the club founded in 1928. The critical point is that although the club stopped fielding a team in 1955, Edinburgh City Football Club Ltd continued to exist and ran a social club. In 1986 Postal United FC were incorporated into the limited company and became the football section. There is, therefore, clear continuity between the original and modern club so I have merged the files.

The image on the left is a fragment of a rare team photograph from 1938 when for a short period the team included the club colours of Leander Pink, Oxford and Cambridge Blue in their playing strip. The monogram badge in these colours can be clearly seen.

14 July - 2016-17 Updates

Championship: Birmingham City (2nd colour corrected).

League One: Gillingham (1st, 2nd, 3rd socks confirmed).

League Two: Wycombe Wanderers (1st, 2nd), Carlisle United (1st, 2nd).

13 July - 2016-17 Updates

ethipia 2016 shirtWe're loving this here at HFK Towers! It's the new Ethiopia shirt and a fine example of something that is so far in the direction of bad it comes out on the other side and is good. My thanks to Neil Morris, our man in Adis Ababa for sharing.

Premier League: Watford (1st, 2nd), Totteham Hotspur (1st, 2nd 3rd), Leicester City (3rd sock detailing added).

Championship: Birmingham City (2nd).

League One: Gillingham (1st, 2nd, 3rd).

League Two: Mansfield Town (1st*, 2nd shorts/socks confirmed), Accrington Stanley (1st, 2nd).

Former members: Tranmere Rovers.

12 July - 2016-17 Updates

Premier League: Southampton (1st, 2nd).

Championship: Barnsley (1st kit colour corrected), Blackburn Rovers (1st).

League One: AFC Wimbledon (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Walsall (1st, 2nd), Oxford United (1st, 2nd).

League Two: Luton Town (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Mansfield Town (2nd), Hartlepool United (1st), Stevenage (1st, 2nd), Plymouth Argyle (shirt sponsor added).

10 July - 2016-17 Updates

Premier League: Manchester City (1st), Leicester City (3rd).

Championship: Queens Park Rangers (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Newcastle United (1st), Leeds United (1st, 3rd).

League Two: Morecambe (1st, 2nd).

9 July - 2016-17 Updates

Premier League: West Bromwich Albion (2nd).

Championship: Huddersfield Town (1st), Barnsley (2nd), Brighton & Hove Albion (3rd*), Aston Villa (1st, 2nd), Norwich City (1st).

League Two: Leyton Orient (1st, 2nd).

Former members: York City (1st).

*Unchanged.

8 July

tired dragonWell. we're back. Honestly, I leave the country for two weeks and look at the mess I find! Has anyone not resigned (apart from Jeremy Corbyn obviously)? Unfortunately I was flying back from Poland when Wales played Portugal so missed the match but despite the defeat, everyone here is immensely proud of our boys.

I'll focus on bringing the Euro 2016 section up to date first and then turn to all the new club kits that have been released over the last fortnight.

2016-17 Update

Premier League: Burnley (1st), AFC Bournemouth (2nd).

Championship: Wolverhampton Wanderers (2nd).

League One: Milton Keynes Dons (1st, 2nd, 3rd).

happy dragon21 June - Euro 2016 Update

Last night's superb demolition of Russia by Wales provides a suitable point for me to sign off for a two-week break.

Both Group B games have been added.

20 June - Euro 2016 Update

Due to what I can only describe as a major administrative error, the next two weeks of Euro 2016 coincide with my hols. Inexplicably, UEFA did not reply to my emails requesting that they change the dates of the tournament so I'm afraid there will be no more updates after tomorrow until I return in a fortnight's time. At that stage we'll just have to see if the UK is still in Europe in every sense.

Last night's Group A games have been added.

2016-17 Update

League One: Millwall (1st), Swindon Town (1st shorts confirmed).

League Two: Exeter City (1st, 2nd, 3rd*).

Scottish Championship: Dunfermline Athletic (1st, 2nd).

Former members: Lincoln City.

*Unchanged.

External Links

I've restored the link to the Fanfoot51 site which contains a history French club and national team kits and replaced the old text links with banners.

18 June - Euro 2016 Update

Yesterday's matches have been added.

17 June - Euro 2016 Update

sad welsh dragonYesterday afternoon we allowed our team of undocumented, underage interns out of the cellar where they are confined to enjoy the daylight while yours truly retired to the pub handily situated next door to HFK Towers here in the Welsh Valleys to watch the Wales v England match along with the rest of the village. It has to be said that Gareth Bale's free kick was met with a, shall we say enthusiastic response. However, after Sturridge pinched the late winner the mood was a little different. I had no idea so many words in the Welsh language start with an "F" and end with "kin".

Yesterday's matches have been added.

2016-17 Update

Premier League: Liverpool (2nd).

League One: Swindon Town (1st).

Scottish Premiership: Heart of Midlothian (1st).

Historical Material

port vale 1912-13 team groupThis rather poor quality photograph is of Port Vale in 1912-13. I had interpreted this as showing claret and light blue tops, which would have been consistent with their previous colours. However, I've now had confirmation that the shirts are in fact black and amber. Embarrasingly, the club seem to have taken my previous version as the model for their new third kit. Still, the new shirts do look good.

I've revised the Swindon Town graphics 1904 to 1935. I now believe the variations apparent in contemporary photographs are the result of fading and inconsistancies in film stock.

16 June - Euro 2016 Update

Yesterday's matches have been added.

15 June - Euro 2016 Update

Yesterday's Group F matches have been added.

2016-17 Update

Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen (2nd).

Historical Football Kits is featured in a new article on the British Ideas Corporation website.

13 June - 2016-17 Update

Premier League: Sunderland (3rd shorts & socks confirmed).

Championship: Derby County (1st), Fulham (2nd*), Rotherham United (3rd).

Scottish League One: East Fife (1st, 2nd*).

*Unchanged.

Euro 2016

I've updated the Euro section, adding competitition patches and tweaking some details now that we can see the final production versions of strips in action. The ever-popular match-by-match sections are now open also.

Please don't send me kit details for the tournament unless you spot a mistake. I am monitoring all the matches and will update the site regularly.

9 June - 2016-17 Update

Premier League: Sunderland (3rd), West Ham United (2nd).

Championship: Leeds United (2nd).

8 June - 2016-17 Update

League One: Sheffield United (1st), Northampton Town (2nd).

7 June - 2016-17 Update

Premier League: AFC Bournemouth (trim on 1st kit corrected).

League Two: Crawley Town (1st, 2nd).

More Victorian Discoveries

Andy Boocock has discovered details of Wrexham's first proper uniform strip which was introduced in October 1873. Brian Webb has found evidence that Middlesbrough briefly wore navy jerseys for the first part of the 1890-91 season before reverting to white in January 1891. This proves the "blue" tops previously dated 1892-95 were in fact navy and worn rather earlier.

Miscellany

brentford fc 1905-06I've reassessed my 1905-06 Brentford graphic. This is based on the rather poor quality photograph shown here (courtesy of Brentford FC Memorabilia) which suggests the usual blue shirts with thin gold stripes were reversed for this season. However, given what we now know about the orthographic film stock of the period that was insensitive to blue light but oversensitive to yellow, I no longer believe this to be the case.

We now know that Burton Albion's distinctive crest goes back to the club's formation in 1950-51.

3 June - A Correction

I got my visitors figures muddled in the last entry. HFK receives over 1.5m visits a year, that's a monthly average in excess of 100,000.

2016-17 Update

Premier League: AFC Bournemouth (1st), Swansea City (1st, 2nd).

Championship: Cardiff City (2nd), Birmingham City (1st).

League One: Coventry City (1st).

League Two: Cambridge United (1st).

Scottish Premiership: Kilmarnock (1st).

Scottish Championship: Greenock Morton (1st kit - the fans have spoken!).

1 June - Ten Years of Historical Kits

old HFK graphicThis month HFK celebrates its tenth anniversary. Back in the middle ages, when we launched, our graphics looked like this and when the site was featured in the national press, we had so many visitors that our server crashed.

From the beginning we encouraged visitors to get involved and contribute their own research and within days, the first emails started to roll in. We did not forsee that HFK would end up curating thousands of contributions from hundreds of visitors (our email archive alone fills 1.4GB) many of them the product of painstaking research and now published on HFK for the first time.

In those early days we monitored the number of visitors each month and got excited when the numbers reached four figures. Today we average over 100,000 visitors every month.

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our supporters and contributors. HFK would not be the same without you.

Dave

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