Blackburn Rovers: Kit History

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: 1928. FA Cup Final winners shirt.

Blackburn Rovers: 1960's.

Blackburn Rovers: 1974-1975. Centenary year shirt.

Blackburn Rovers:1978 - 1981.

Eventful times. Rovers relegated 78-79 to Division 3 with Ron Pickering as Manager; promoted to Division 2 79-80 and narrowly missed out on promotion by GD in 80-81 with Howard Kendal as Player Manager
Eventful times. Rovers relegated 78-79 to Division 3 with Ron Pickering as Manager; promoted to Division 2 79-80 and narrowly missed out on promotion by GD in 80-81 with Howard Kendal as Player Manager

Blackburn Rovers: 1981-1984

Blackburn Rovers Away Shirt: 1986-1987

Worn when the side finished 12th place in the Second Division under boss Don Mackay.
Worn when the side finished 12th place in the Second Division under boss Don Mackay.

Blackburn Rovers: 1991-1992

worn when the side won promotion to the Premier League after beating Leicester City in the Division 2 Play-Off Final in Kenny Dalglish's first season in charge.
worn when the side won promotion to the Premier League after beating Leicester City in the Division 2 Play-Off Final in Kenny Dalglish's first season in charge.

Blackburn Rovers Away shirt: 1991-1992

Away shirt and the first to feature the McEwans Lager sponsor, as worn when the side won promotion to the Premier League after beating Leicester City in the Division 2 Play-Off Final in Kenny Dalglish's first season in charge.
Away shirt and the first to feature the McEwans Lager sponsor, as worn when the side won promotion to the Premier League after beating Leicester City in the Division 2 Play-Off Final in Kenny Dalglish's first season in charge.

Blackburn Rovers: 1992-1994. Inaugural Premier League Shirt.

Worn in the first Premier League season which saw Rovers back in top flight football for the first time in 30 years, having a memorable season finishing 4th and hammering Norwich 7-1 early on in the season
Worn in the first Premier League season which saw Rovers back in top flight football for the first time in 30 years, having a memorable season finishing 4th and hammering Norwich 7-1 early on in the season

Blackburn Rovers: 1992-1994. Inaugural Premier League Away Shirt

Kenny Dalglish's exciting outfit finished in an impressive 4th place and reached the Semi Finals of the League Cup and Quarter Finals of the FA Cup.
Kenny Dalglish's exciting outfit finished in an impressive 4th place and reached the Semi Finals of the League Cup and Quarter Finals of the FA Cup.

Blackburn Rovers: 1994-1995. Premier League Champions Shirt

Worn when Rovers famously won the Premier League title.
Worn when Rovers famously won the Premier League title.

Blackburn Rovers: 1994-1995. Premier League Champions Away Shirt

Classic design away shirt as during Rovers Premiership title winning season.
Classic design away shirt as during Rovers Premiership title winning season.

Blackburn Rovers: 1996-1998

Worn as Rovers recovered from the departure of Alan Shearer to qualify for the UEFA Cup.
Worn as Rovers recovered from the departure of Alan Shearer to qualify for the UEFA Cup.

Blackburn Rovers Away Shirt: 1997-1998

Worn when Roy Hodgson took over as manager and the side finished 6th in the Premier League.
Worn when Roy Hodgson took over as manager and the side finished 6th in the Premier League.

Blackburn Rovers: 1998-2000

Worn when Rovers were relegated from the Premier League.
Worn when Rovers were relegated from the Premier League.

Blackburn Rovers Away Shirt: 1998-2000

Worn when Rovers were relegated from the Premier League.
Worn when Rovers were relegated from the Premier League.

Blackburn Rovers: 2000-2002

Worn by the side as they achieved promotion back to the Premier League from Division 1 and then as they won the League Cup at the Millenium Stadium in Wales, beating Tottenham Hotspurs 2-1.
Worn by the side as they achieved promotion back to the Premier League from Division 1 and then as they won the League Cup at the Millenium Stadium in Wales, beating Tottenham Hotspurs 2-1.

Blackburn Rovers Away shirt: 2000-2002

Worn by the side as they achieved promotion back to the Premier League from Division 1.
Worn by the side as they achieved promotion back to the Premier League from Division 1.

Blackburn Rovers: 2005-2006

Worn when the side qualified for the UEFA Cup with an impressive 6th place finish in the Premier League under Manager Mark Hughes.
Worn when the side qualified for the UEFA Cup with an impressive 6th place finish in the Premier League under Manager Mark Hughes.

Blackburn Rovers: 2007-2008

Worn when Rovers finished a respectable 7th thanks to the great strike partnership of Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy.
Worn when Rovers finished a respectable 7th thanks to the great strike partnership of Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy.

Blackburn Rovers Away shirt: 2007-2008

Worn when Rovers finished a respectable 7th thanks to the great strike partnership of Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy.
Worn when Rovers finished a respectable 7th thanks to the great strike partnership of Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy.

Blackburn Rovers: 2011-2012

This classic, simple shirt with clean cut lines and a retro 1980's feel, was worn when Rovers were relegated from the Premier League. By the start of the season, the incompetent Venkys had no shirt sponsor, finally settling for the Princes Trust.
This classic, simple shirt with clean cut lines and a retro 1980's feel, was worn when Rovers were relegated from the Premier League. By the start of the season, the incompetent Venkys had no shirt sponsor, finally settling for the Princes Trust.

Blackburn Rovers: 1875 - 2014

 

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1875-1878 c v

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1883-1891 c u

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1891-1892 g

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1963-1971 e l t

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1971-1972 f

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1972-1973 m

 
 

1973-1974 m

 
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1974-1975 m

 
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1975-1976 m

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1976-1977 e m

Crew necks occasionally worn
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1977-1978 e j

 
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1978-1981 e j

 
Spall

1981-1984 j

 
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1984-1986 b j

 
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1986-1987 j

 
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1987-1988 j

 
Ellgren

1988-1989 j

 
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1989-1990 j

 
Ribero

1990-1991 b

 
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1991-1992 e

 
Asics

1992-1993 e

 
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1993-1994 e

 
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1994-1995 e

 
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1995-1996 n

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1996-1998 e

 
Uhlsport

1998-2000 e

 
Kappa

2000-2002 e

 
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2002-2003 e

 
Kappa

2003-2004 e

 
Lonsdale

2004-2005 b

 
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2005-2006 c

 
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2006-2007 c

 
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Blackburn Rovers 2007-08 kit

2007-2008 c

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2009-2010 c

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blackburn rovers 2012-13 home kit

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blackburn rovers sponsored home kit 2012-13

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My own opinion is that although Rovers traditionally produce beautiful 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.

 

13/14 Nike
12/13 Umbro
11/12 Umbro
10/11 Umbro
09/10 Umbro
08/09 Umbro
07/08 Umbro
06/07 Lonsdale
05/06 Lonsdale
04/05 Lonsdale
03/04 Kappa
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00/01 Kappa 
99/00 Uhlsport
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97/98 Asics
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91/92 Ribero
90/91 Ribero
89/90 Ellgren
88/89 Ellgren
87/88 Spall
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85/86 Spall
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83/84 Spall 
82/83 Spall 
81/82 Spall
80/81 Umbro
79/80 Umbro
78/79 Umbro
77/78 Umbro
76/77 Umbro
75/76 Umbro
74/75 Umbro

Shirt sponsors

13/14 RFS  
12/13 The Prince's Trust  
11/12 The Prince's Trust  
10/11 Crown Paints  
09/10 Crown Paints  
08/09 Crown Paints  
07/08 Bet24  
06/07 Bet24  
05/06 Lonsdale  
04/05 HSA  
03/04 HSA  
02/03 AMD  
01/02 Time Computers  
00/01 Time Computers  
99/00 CIS  
98/99 CIS  
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96/97 CIS  
95/96 McEwan's Lager  
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90/91 ICI Perspex  
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