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. FA Cup Final losers shirt.
Blackburn Rovers: 1960s.
Blackburn Rovers: 1974-1975. Centenary Year and Third Division Champions shirt.
Blackburn Rovers: 1978-1981.
Blackburn Rovers: 1981-1984.
Blackburn Rovers Away Shirt: 1986-1987.
Blackburn Rovers: 1990-1991.
Blackburn Rovers: 1991-1992.
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. Division 1 Promotion and League Cup Winners Shirt.
Blackburn Rovers: 2000-2002. Division 1 Promotion Away Shirt.
Blackburn Rovers: 2004-2005.
Blackburn Rovers: 2005-2006.
Blackburn Rovers: 2007-2008.
Blackburn Rovers Away Shirt: 2007-2008.
Blackburn Rovers: 2008-2009.
Blackburn Rovers Away Shirt: 2008-2009.
Blackburn Rovers: 2009-2010.
Blackburn Rovers: 2011-2012.
Blackburn Rovers: 2012-2013.
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
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