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23 May 2016 - 2015-16 Update
Saturday's FA Cup final kits have been added.
Portsmouth (shorts detailing corrected): Crewe Alexandra (2nd strip trim ammended): Mansfield Town (socks updated): Brentford (3rd added): Bolton Wanderers (charity strip added): Burnley (charity strip added). My thanks to David King for these.
20 May - 2016-17 First Kits
Celtic added. Supporters of Greenock Morton are so incensed by the decision to drop their team's beloved hoops that the club have postponed the planned launch and may withdraw the controversial new strip - full story here.
Euro 2016: Belgium 2nd socks corrected. Germany 2nd shorts detailing corrected.
World Cup 1986: Poland's change strip did not have the elaborate shadow stripes seen on their first choice shirt.
Brian Webb has been scouring press cuttings from the 1890s and has passed on a few gems. Cheltenham Town adopted ruby red shirts for the first time in August 1896. We can also now confirm that Derby County were wearing their unique blue, chocolate and amber shirts in December 1886, a year earlier than previously thought. Richard Collinson has found evidence that Middlesbrough adopted white shirts with blue trimmings and the borough arms in 1886.
19 May - Home International Section
I've been through the Home International pages and removed all the redundant "Buy From" links and added a large number of fresh ones that lead to currently available shirts for England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Most of these are of limited availability so do get cracking if you want to snap one up. The entrance hall has also been spruced up.
17 May - 2016-17 First Kits
The 2016-17 season galleries will be posted as soon as the last promotion play-offs are concluded later this month.
15 May - 2016-17 First Kits
9 May - 2016-17 First Kits
I found this image on the onevalefan website, a very useful photographic archive of Port Vale's kits down the years. The point of interest is the Staffordshire knot crest incorporating the club's initials. This is the earliest evidence I have seen of Vale wearing a badge.
This is a photograph of Clydebank wearing their distinctive sash shirts in 1970-71. This shows that they wore red socks rather than the white ones I had previously shown. Incidentally the current Clydebank FC, which plays at junior level, wear a very similar strip.
While we are on the subject, I came across this photograph of the original Clydebank FC from 1920-21. Formed in 1914, the club played in the Scottish League until 1931 when they resigned and went out of business, a victim of the recession that hit the Clyde shipyards in the late 1920s.
Lee Gauntlett has found a cutting in the Manchester Athletic News from March 1882 that describes Scotland wearing red and white "stripes" (almost certainly hoops) against Wales at Hampden Park. This suggests that the blue and white jerseys (which I believe were provided by Edinburgh Academicals RFC) already recorded were only worn against England earlier in March.
Barry Gayton has been in touch with a family story that suggests a link between Blackburn Rovers and the fledgling Norwich City which explains why the Citizens (as Norwich were known at the time) started out wearing tops that were identical to those of the Lancashire side.
Huddersfield Town's charity strip has been added.
7 May - 2016-17 First Kits
Norwich City charity strip added.
29 April - 2016-17 First Kits
Tottenham Hotspur charity kit.
12 April - 2015-16 Update
On the left is an interesting photograph of West Bromwich Albion taken in 1882 when they briefly wore red and white jerseys. I've taken this opportunity to refresh Albion's crest history.
On the right is James Iremonger (1876-1956) an all-rounder who played for Nottinghamshire Cricket Club and Nottingham Forest at the turn of the 19th century. Iremonger made three appearances at full back for England in 1901-02. For copyright reasons I am not able to publish a photograph that appears to show him wearing a dark England shirt (although you can view it here on the Getty Images website.) I had speculated that this may have been worn when England played a German XI in September 1901 but several photographs have come to light that show England wore their regular strip while the Germans were in quartered shirts. Iremonger won full caps against Scotland and Ireland but there was no reason for England to change their shirts in these games. I have now concluded that he removed the FA crest from his international shirt and had it sewn onto his club top before posing for a portrait to celebrate his international debut.
Next we have an image of Josh Johnson (1884-?) who made 276 appearances for Crystal Palace between 1907 and 1919. This is the first photographic evidence I have seen for the unique shirts worn by Palace in 1912-13. (Photograph courtesy of the Gottfried Fuchs Blogspot.)
From the same website comes this very early advertisement for Football Kit, dating from 1876 which boasts that the advertiser has the colours of every club in Scotland in stock. There were probably fewer than 50 association football clubs in Scotland at the time and more than half of these wore plain navy jerseys, so the claim is not as impressive as it initially sounds.
Queen of the South (1996-97, 1997-98 corrected).
1958 World Cup: Scotland wore all-red socks in their Group Two match against Yugoslavia to avoid a colour clash. New evidence indicates that Paraguay wore black shorts rather than blue (see left) in this tournament.
Following on from the major overhaul of this section (17 January) I have made a few final tweaks to five graphics 1986-2002.
22 March - Euro 2016 Update
Nike's new "Vapor" design for England's Euro 2016 kits has not met with general approval. In fact the most positive comment in HFK's inbox describes them as "odd:" most correspondents were considerably more scathing. In HFK's opinion, these strips are a disgrace, placing the Nike brand above the traditions of the England team and the FA. For more insight have a look at David Squires' amusing piece in The Guardian.
Also added today, Poland (1st, 2nd), Croatia (1st, 2nd), Portugal (1st, 2nd), Turkey (1st, 2nd), France (1st, 2nd). These are all variants on the Vapor design. The USA and Brazil are also to wear this template, a sad reflection on Nike's growing impact on the game.
Sheffield Wednesday have announced that their original badge, designed in 1956, is to be revived next season and will feature regularly on the teams' shirts for the first time.
Here are two interesting early snippets recently found by regular contributors. Paul Nagel has found a contemporary reference to Newton Heath LYR (Manchester United) wearing "white with blue cord" in 1879. White tops were quite common at the time, being cheap and widely available: coloured caps, socks and/or strips of coloured fabric were worn to distinguish one team from another. This is the first time I have seen a reference to "cord."
Lee Gauntlett has found a press cutting from 1911 that describes Crewe Alexandra's first colours as "blue and white." Although the arrangement is not recorded I think it likely that this refers to the one-inch hooped jerseys that were widely available at the time. Knickers were rarely described as players provided their own in whatever colour they had to hand.
The MLS 2016 section is now complete.
Euro 2016: The new kits for Ireland and Iceland have been added.
MLS: DC United's new crest added.
Stoke City: New third strip added.
George Chilvers and his Facebook chums have spotted that the shirts worn by Leeds United in the early 1950s had oversized shoulders, as can be seen on this team photograph from 1953-54.
The famous sketch on the right shows Blackburn Rovers playing Old Etonians in the 1882 FA Cup final. Because of a colour clash, Rovers had to buy a set of hooped jerseys for the match. Brian Webb has found a report in the Athletic News (29 March 1882) that confirms these were blue and white. Although the sketch doesn't show it very well, the public school old boys played in their regular "harlequin" (ie quartered) tops of Eton blue and white.
The 2016 MLS section is now open.
The Euro 2016 has been updated with the latest releases (Slovakia 2nd, Switzerland 2nd, Czech Republic 2nd, Austria 2nd, Hungary 1st & 2nd, Ukraine 2nd). I've also added a note about the petition raised by Iceland's supporters about the names that will be worn on the back of their players' shirts in June. (Icelanders generally don't have surnames so fans want forenames instead.)
Stranraer's crest history has been added. This completes a project that was started in 2011!
I've added the all-green kit worn by the Republic of Ireland in Paris in 1976.
The detailing on Exeter City's current third kit have been updated.
I now have confirmation that when Fulham adopted black and white striped shirts in 1889 they were worn with navy knickers. On the left is the team photographed around 1894.
4 February - International Updates
Euro 2016: Albania's kits added.
Euro 1980: Belgium wore pinstriped shirts against Italy rather than in the final. Netherlands' collar altered. (Thanks to Franc Forjan.)
Euro 1984: The Adidas trim on the Yugoslavia and Portugal strips has been corrected. (Thanks again to Franc Forjan.)
Euro 1992: Netherlands shirt detailing modified.
World Cup 1994: The detailing on Brazil's change shirts has been made more apparent.
Republic of Ireland: Cuffs on the 1969 strip worn against Hungary have been altered and the strip worn in the 1970 return match added thanks to Giampaolo Tardivo. Barry Rojack has supplied new details on the shirts worn in 2001 against Estonia.
Two undated and rather grainy photographs of the Highland League side Inverness Thistle have come to light. The one on the left is from around 1950 and shows the team wearing a thistle crest. the second image (right) I have provisionally dated as being from 1968-69. If you can corroborate dates for either please get in touch. In 1994 Thistle merged with their local rivals Caledonian to form Inverness Caledonian Thistle and were elected to the Scottish Football League. The third Inverness team, Clachnacuddin were going to be part of the merger but could not agree terms and opted out.
Thanks to Simeon Ayton I have been able to draw more accurate versions of the Cambridge United "book and ball" crest worn in the mid 70s.
17 January - The Mariners Updated
I've spent the last four days working my way through an enormous file of photographs and detailed notes sent to me by Grimsby Town supporter and collector, Dave Wherry. Thanks to Dave, the Mariners' page has been substantially updated with many missing kits added, corrections made and several mid-season changes now recorded. Grimsby's early kit history is fascinating. Featured on the left, for example is the 1910-11 squad wearing chocolate and light blue jumpers: these were replaced by the now familiar black and white striped shirts at the start of the season. On the right is the 1905-06 squad wearing deep salmon pink tops.
12 January - Historical Miscellany
Halifax Town (1970-71 - see left, 1971-72 corrected).
I've updated the Chester City crest history.
With help from Tony Sealey and the minute books that can now be searched on The Everton Collection, I have reviewed the history of Everton's change kits between 1952 and 1964. The minutes, for example, record that the team wore old gold and black in an FA Cup tie against Ipswich Town in January 1953 and this strip made several more appearances over the next seven seasons. They also tell us that all white was adopted as a change kit in 1958-59. This is seen here during a pitch invasion at Stamford Bridge when supporters seem less than pleased with the new look. (Photograph courtesy of corbychelsea.com)
The computer glitch that affected HFK last month has finally been resolved and we are back in business. Thank you for your patience and special thanks to everyone who has submitted new historical material, which I will now start to publish.
Mark Andrews and Andy Kelly continue to delve into primary source material and shed light onto the early history of Arsenal. Their latest coup is a cutting from the London Evening News dated 17 December 1892 which confirms that the puzzling striped shirts (worn here by Caesar Jenkins) were blue and white. These appear to have been worn just once in a home game against Nottingham Forest because a week later, against Burslem Port Vale (who wore red at this time) they turned out in white tops. Read the full story on The Arsenal History.
In the course of his research into the colours of South American national teams between 1910 and 1967, Esteban Catalán has finally found the corroboration needed to confirm the colours of Romania's shirts in the 1930 World Cup. In its coverage of the tournament, Chilean magazine Los Sports describes the Romanian team wearing red "uniformes" with yellow collars against Peru.
Brian Webb has completed his research into the early history of the Plaiters (as they were known at the time) and made some fresh discoveries about their colours during this period. Read the full story on Brian's website, The Straw Plaiters.
Variant kits worn against Scotland (1974), Yugoslavia (1976) and Scotland (1977) added, change strip 1958-1962 updated.
Paul Nagel has established that the Reds' change strips between 1910 and 1922 were blue and white.