We previously looked at the badge and how it developed over the decades (1). Alongside this we featured some of the earlier kits that the club had used. This took us up to the mid 1960’s. Before we move on to the next stage of the kits development it might be interesting to go back and look at some of the change / away kits from our past. Up to the same date.
We can surmise that the club would of changed kit to avoid clashes at various times. The first away / change kit I can find a mention of appears to be when we worn what was a chocolate/brown strip with long blue shorts that date back to 1899-1900 (fig 1).
1901 to 03 brings us a change kit slightly more like we would expect, (fig 2). By this point the first choice kit was the famous white shirt and blue shorts. This stripped approach to the change kit lasted for the most of the period up to the 1920’s. The width and shade of blue varying from a navy to lighter/ brighter shades. Various other kits were used mostly for specific games. In 1908 a red strip replaced the blue for the game at Fulham. The exception to this was 1912-14 when we wore a red shirt and blue shorts, (fig 3).
1950 saw the a strip much closer to what we would expect to see, a dark blue shirt and white shorts. (fig 5 right - a replica version).
Then below (fig 6) the more modern cockerel has appeared.
1958 and the club introduced a strip that would become a main stay on and off ever since the yellow / amber kit. At first this was worn in friendlies and in floodlight matches such as the London Challenge Cup. This kit (fig 7) was used on and off until 1960.
The dark blue shirt and white shorts remained the first change kit of choice up until the 1969-70 season
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