Blackburn Rovers: Glorious legacy, winning identity: Kit History
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BLUE 'N' WHITE HALVES.
Once upon a time, in the early days of football, halved shirts were as common as moustaches. In fact, come to think of it, they still are as common as moustaches as only one club still regularly plays in halves, and that club is, of course, Blackburn Rovers.
The side’s original 1875 shirt was in fact plain white. Their first halved shirt, a navy and white combination, arrived three years later. Lighter blue and white versions were worn until 1905 when the regular Blackburn kit of royal blue and white halved shirts, white shorts and blue socks emerged. Traditionally the club also sported halved contrasting sleeve and neck designs.
Give or take the odd change to white socks and the very occasional reversal of the coloured halves (generally the blue half sits over the heart), the kit essentially remained the same for the next 70 years until red began to creep its way on to the design in 1975. Since then the outfit has gone through many subtle alterations but the famous halves still remain intact.
Yellow and blue shirts or red and white shirts are the club’s traditional away colours of choice although red and black striped shirts have also been popular since the 1990's.
Blackburn Rovers: 1878.
Blackburn Rovers: 1928. FA Cup Final winners shirt.
Blackburn Rovers: 1960's.
Blackburn Rovers: 1974-1975. Centenary year shirt.
Blackburn Rovers:1978 - 1981.
Blackburn Rovers: 1981-1984
Blackburn Rovers Away Shirt: 1986-1987
Blackburn Rovers: 1990-1991
Blackburn Rovers: 1991-1992
25th May 1992, Wembley: After beating Leicester City 0-1 in the Division 2 Play-Off Final, as Rovers had played in their away kit of yellow they changed into the historic Blue 'n' White halved shirt before climbing the steps to the Royal Box to collect the trophy.
20th May 1992, Wembley: Barcelona had done the same thing having also played in their away kit of yellow after beating their opponents Sampdoria 0-1 in the European Cup Final.
Blackburn Rovers Away shirt: 1991-1992
Blackburn Rovers: 1992-1994. Inaugural Premier League Shirt.
Blackburn Rovers: 1992-1994. Inaugural Premier League Away Shirt
Blackburn Rovers: 1994-1995. Premier League Champions Shirt
Blackburn Rovers: 1994-1995. Premier League Champions Away Shirt
Blackburn Rovers Away Shirt: 1995-1996.
Blackburn Rovers: 1996-1998
Blackburn Rovers Away Shirt: 1997-1998
Blackburn Rovers: 1998-2000
Blackburn Rovers Away Shirt: 1998-2000
Blackburn Rovers: 2000-2002
Blackburn Rovers Away shirt: 2000-2002
Blackburn Rovers: 2004-2005.
Blackburn Rovers: 2005-2006
Blackburn Rovers: 2007-2008
Blackburn Rovers Away shirt: 2007-2008
Blackburn Rovers: 2009-2010.
Blackburn Rovers: 2011-2012
Blackburn Rovers: 2013-2014
Blackburn Rovers Away shirt: 2013-2014
Blackburn Rovers: 2014-2015
My own opinion is that although Rovers traditionally produce stylish, clean and elegant
shirt designs, the Kappa and Uhlsport shirts were the ugliest I have ever seen; an unfortunate chapter in the history of the famous Blue 'n' White halves that I would rather forget.
14/15 Zebra Claims
11/12 The Prince's Trust
10/11 Crown Paints
09/10 Crown Paints
08/09 Crown Paints
01/02 Time Computers
00/01 Time Computers
95/96 McEwan's Lager
94/95 McEwan's Lager
93/94 McEwan's Lager
92/93 McEwan's Lager
91/92 McEwan's Lager
90/91 ICI Perspex
89/90 ICI Perspex
88/89 ICI Perspex
87/88 ICI Perspex
86/87 ICI Perspex
85/86 ICI Perspex
84/85 ICI Perspex