Sunday, December 21, 2008

Classic Shirts # 3 - Notts County 1890


Notts County were formed in 1862, and although Sheffield FC, Hallam and Cray Wanderes are older, Notts County are the oldest league club in the World. Their black and white striped kit, shown above was first used in 1890 and became famous all over the World.

In 1862 teams didn't wear kits and when they were introduced in 1872 Notts County turned out in black and amber. Between 1880 and 1890 they wore chocolate and light blue halved shirts. This kit has been resurrected as the away shirt this season. They also wore the light blue and chocolate number when they became founder members of the league in 1888.

However, it was in the black and white striped kit that they made their debut in the FA Cup final and in these colours that they became the first second division club to win the FA Cup in 1894 and promotion in 1897. Notts County wear black and white stripes to this day, as do Juventus.

In 1903 Juventus decided that they should change their pink shirts, for some starnge reason! They asked an Englishman amongst their ranks, John Savage to help them out. He in turn wrote to his mate in Nottingham, who as a County fan saw that 'The Old Lady' received a job lot of black and white shirts. So, there you have it one kit and 2 famous clubs got their colours from this shirt

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