This marks 100 years since the club changed their name from New Brompton. The gent in the bowler is not, by the way, a disgruntled supporter leaving early. Contributions from visitors as well as my own continuing research mean that new material is being added to the archive all the time. In 1921 they finished last but as there was no Second Division at this Wolves (late 1985 added). 21 July - 2012-13 updates: Stevenage (H, A), Morecambe (H, A), Derby County (H), Scunthorpe United (H socks confirmed), Peterborough United (H), Sunderland (H), Manchester United (A), West Bromwich Albion (A), AFC Wimbledon (A socks updated), Rotherham United (A), Wolverhampton Wanderers (A), Wycombe Wanderers (A), Millwall (H, A), Birmingham City (H), Notts County (H updated, A, 3rd added), Colchester United (A). (Photograph from Gillingham FC, Roger Triggs 1999). 2008-09 updates - Rotherham United (A amended), Exeter City (A), Dagenham & Redbridge (H), Chester City (A), Accrington Stanley (H).
18 November: BBC Radio Four's File on Four programme broadcast an excellent documentary yesterday looking into the finances of professional football clubs in England.
Today's photograph shows Liverpool the following season with the Lancashire Combination and Burton Charity Cups, possibly their first trophies. Meanwhile, my inbox is bulging with contributions covering new kits for 2008-09 so I'll be working my way through these and posting the results over the next week or so.
divisions for the next four seasons but when they went down again in New strips have been ordered and for the first time, replicas will be available but because they were elected only last week, the order will not be ready in time for the big kick-off in Scotland.
12 August: David Dobberson, who describes himself as a lifelong Luton fan sent me this interesting snippet yesterday. The kit Luton wore against Port Vale for the first match of the season ...Â is, in fact,Â the kit that aÂ 'Luton Legends' teamÂ wore on 13th May 2008 against an Arsenal Pro-Celebrity team to commemorate Luton's 1988 Littlewoods Cup Final victory over the Gunners.Â The kit is a close reproduction of the one worn in 1988 (with sponsors Bedford), but, presumably, Luton were unable to get the original Adidas outfit, so there are onlyÂ two stripes, and there is a commemorative badge where the Adidas trademark would have been.Â The shorts and socks were not the ones worn for the 'Legends' match, but are just unmarked, plain ones. Further details are posted on the Current Research Projects page along with information about our next project. 17 April : Newcastle United gallery upgraded.
Stoke's familiar red and white stripes first appeared in 1883 and were worn when the club became founder members of the Football League in 1888. The second oldest record we have come across was when Aston Villa visited Heart of Midlothian in 1881 and borrowed a set of navy blue and white jerseys because their shirts clashed with Hearts' maroon. The issue has been settled by James Garley, who runs the independent Lutonfc.com site in favour of navy blue.
24 May: Southampton supporters should know about the teammead.co.uk site, where Peter Mead has posted his large collection of team photographs going back to 1887. Colin Price originally wrote to tell HFK that the colour of the Bluebird's current kit is based on a swatch taken from an original shirt worn in the 1927 FA Cup Final. Four missing Cardiff City kits have been added - identical except for different shirt sponsors (1983-84, 1984-85).
HFK is interested in other examples of significant differences between long and short sleeved shirts so get in touch if you have a contribution. The East Fife, East Stirlingshire, Edinburgh City and Elgin City galleries have been upgraded.
Several distinctly different patterns are apparent, something that was not unusual in an era when equipment was bought from local gents' outfitters and individual items often varied from one delivery to the next.. The Guardian reports that former Gretna owner, Brooks Mileson, died yesterday in Cumberland Infirmary.
The club had just been re-elected to the Football League and, to mark a new start, had adopted striped shirts.
A list is on the updated Current Research Projects page in case you want to keep an eye out for them. The club finished second in the league on four consecutive occasions from the 1922/23 season until the 1925/26 season (behind Rangers for the first three and Celtic for the fourth) and defeated Hibernian 2-0 in the 1923/24 Scottish Cup final. 26 September: The Guardian today reports that a number of shirt sponsorship deals with Premiership clubs are at risk because of the global financial crisis. 4 September: With considerable help from Richard Banyard, who runs Swindon Town FC.co.uk I have upgraded the Swindon Town gallery, adding two missings kits (1960-61, 1973-74) and correcting various detailing errors.
Cooper returned to Clydebank in 1993 as a player
Eight kits added to the original Clydebank gallery. 4 August: We're back! In April 2013 the board called an Extraordinary General Meeting when, by a substantial majority, they were authorised to relocate the club to East Kilbride, which is just 15 minutes drive from its original home in Rutherglen. 1935-1937 d f n . A team photo from 1898 (late1897/98 or early 1898/99): from Back Page United pp18-19.
The colour was inspired by the Admiral outfit worn in the late 70s, a kit that is regularly voted among the top five worst kits of all time and which has acquired iconic status.
My thanks to Andrew Bartlett who has submitted a number of additions for the Southampton gallery. 1 June: Some time ago Jon Jones sent me this intriguing image of an Everton change shirt from around 1987. Insurance giant AIG, who sponsor Manchester United's shirts, have been rescued by the US taxpayer but JJB Sports, who sponsor Wigan Athletic have announced they may be unable to continue trading if a wrangle with their bank is not resolved. Thanks go to everyone who has submitted information for our World Cup section. Unfortunately my PC threw a hissy fit and then downed tools completely two weeks ago. This explains many anomalous photographs that have proved difficult to interpret.
Furthermore, Scottish journalists often confused "navy-blue" and "black."
It remained in Hall Street until the present fire station in Kilbowie Road was opened in 1962. 27 October: We're very pleased to announce that, in response to demand, we are now able to offer limited advertising space on HFK. (circa1950 A, circa1952 A, 1956-57 A, 1976-78 3rd added). 2012-13 updates: Cardiff City (3rd), Burnley (3rd), Port Vale (new H , A), Ipswich Town (3rd), Gillingham (3rd), Portsmouth (A), Walsall (3rd), Cheltenham Town (3rd), Sheffield United (3rd), Manchester United & Tottenham Hotspur (Eur). 6 June: The decision by Cardiff City's owners to go ahead with rebranding the club despite an outcry from supporters has prompted considerable media coverage as well as an unsightly bulge in HFK's mail box.
of the Premier Division, Clyde went into the new First Division (tier
The Maggies website, shows a Notts County player wearing the distinctive chevron shirts from 1923-26.
Today's picture is a rare image of the Glossop team from 1914-15, wearing their white shirts with a purple V. The club failed re-election at the end of the season. As yet they're not releasing details (the girl in the shop knows what colour it is but isn't telling - the little minx). This is how our graphics looked when we launched the website in June 2006.