theyflysohigh : Steve Marsh

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Playing Kit : West Ham United 1900 to 1999

WEST HAM UNITED

By the turn of the century and the final season of Thames Ironworks FC’s existence as a team linked to it’s parent company, records reveal that the team colours were red, white and blue with Cambridge blue shorts.

Around the period Arnold Hills was forced to finance a takeover bid by issuing 4,000 - 10 shilling shares that turned his private family owned company into a public one which meant that he could no longer fund the club from Ironworks coffers... The club was renamed West Ham United Football Club. The club played at the Ironworks sport ground (The Memorial Grounds) and Hills became the president of West Ham United.

Season 1900-1901

Shirts: Castle blue,   Shorts: White with claret side stripes,   Socks: Black

Source: The West Ham Guardian dated Wednesday 5th September 1900

"The committee have wisely decided not to have such a conspicuous display of red, white and blue this year. The vermilion stockings have been replaced by black and a red stripe is run down the leg of the trousers"

1903-1905 1926-1934 Home 1934-1949 Home

1926 - 1934

1934 - 1949

1900-01 1901-03

1900 - 1901

1900-01

1900-01 WEST HAM UNITED

Source: The West Ham Guardian dated Saturday 12th January 1901 for the West Ham United v. Liverpool English Cup game reported

"It was just upon time that the light blue shirted Hammers took the field, followed by Liverpool in salmon pink."

Another reference to colours also by the West Ham Guardian dated 13th February 1901 for the Southern League home game against Luton Town for the previous week stated

"West Ham did not play in their colours red, white and blue but in white"

Season 1901-1902   and   1902-1903

Shirts: Light blue with single claret chest hoop,   Shorts: White with claret side stripes,   Socks: Claret

When Brentford came to Canning Town for the opening home game of the 1901-02 season on 14th September, the West Ham Guardian again proved to be an invaluable source of information stating

"United wore their new uniforms for the first time, blue jerseys with a red band and white knickers and looked conspicuous to say the least"

The strip became known in the press as the “Union Jack”.

1901-02

1901 - 1903

1901-02 WEST HAM UNITED

Season 1903-1904

Shirts: Claret and Blue,   Shorts: White,   Socks Claret

By the time of the next available photograph of the team, taken in 1903-04, the more familiar colours of claret shirts with light blue trim around the neck and light blue sleeves, white shorts and claret stockings appear to have been adopted. These have become the predominant colours of the Hammers ever since and remained so throughout the remainder of the 20th Century and into the New Millennium.

1903-04

1903 - 1905

1905-1907

1905 - 1907

1949-50

1949 - 1950

1950-52

1950 - 1952

1952-54

1952 - 1954

1954-55

1954 - 1955

1954-55 Floodlit

1954 - 1955

1955-57

1955 - 1957

Floodlit Internationals

Slug Bar

1903-04 WEST HAM UNITED

1960-61 1959-60

1958 - 1960

1960 - 1961

Shirt 1960 Shirt 1960 Away

Home 1960's

Away 1960's

Shirt 1964 Shirt 1965

1961 - 1963

1961-63 1963-66 1965 ECWC

1964 FA Cup Final

1965 ECWC Final

Playing Kits of the Millennium

1963 - 1966

1965 European Cup

Winners Cup Final

1967-1973

1967 - 1973

1973-74

1973 - 1974

1978-79 Home

1976-77 to 1979-80

1976 ECWC 1976-1977 1976-1977 Dec 1975-1976 1977-1980

1975 F.A. Cup Final

1976 E.C.W.C. Final

1976 - 1977

1976

August - December

1977 - 1980

Home

1980-81 to 1982-83

Manufacturer: ADIDAS

Sponsor: NONE

Adidas took over the kit production from Admiral at the start of the1980’s. Admiral were highly regarded by Hammers fans, especially the white away kit worn in the 1979-80 FA Cup Final win over London rivals Arsenal. Adidas’ first contempory design won over the Upton Park faithful. Traditional claret style with blue sleeves topped with claret stripes

 

Shorts: White with three claret side stripes

Socks: White topped off with three claret stripes

1980-1983 1980-83 Home 1980-83 Away

Away

1980-81 to 1982-83

West Ham’s first away strip of the decade was a clean classic all white design. Claret V-neck with claret and blue three-stripe trim on the sleeves.

 

Shorts: Blue with three claret side stripes

Socks: Blue topped off with three claret stripes

Manufacturer: ADIDAS

Sponsor: NONE

Home

1983-84 to 1984-85

1983-84 Home

Manufacturer: ADIDAS

Sponsor: AVCO TRUST

Adidas’ built on the their first design which still featured light blue sleeves, but now displaying a broad light blue horizontal panel trimmed with white piping. For the better part of 1983-84 season this panel remained blank until Avco Trust became the Hammers first sponsor. A new look club badge depicting the crossed hammers and the club’s initials were also introduced.

 

Shorts: White with three claret side stripes

Socks: White topped off with three claret stripes

1983-84 Home Avco

Away

1983-84 to 1984-85

1983-84 Away Avco

Manufacturer: ADIDAS

Sponsor: AVCO TRUST

Similar in style to the previous offering, slightly remodelled to include pinstripes which were all the rage in the 80’s. As with the home kit, the new club badge was included. The crossed hammers would only last for the lifespan of the kit and was not carried over into future designs.

 

Shorts: Blue with three claret side stripes

Socks: Blue topped off with three claret stripes

Home

1985-86 to 1986-87

Manufacturer: ADIDAS

Sponsor: AVCO TRUST

In 1985-86 season the club finished third in Division One, their highest ever placing.

This strip therefore would always be associated with the “Boys of 86” Sleek and stylish in design. Striped V-neck and cuffs with fine light blue horizontal pinstripes.

 

Shorts: White with three claret side strips and included the club’s initials ‘WHUFC’ and Adidas logo

Socks: White topped off with three claret stripes and Adidas logo

1985-86 Home Avco

Away

1985-86 to 1986-87

Manufacturer: ADIDAS

Sponsor: AVCO TRUST

Same sophisticated design as the home strip but in white with claret piping and trim. Blue shorts and socks which both included the club’s initils ‘WHUFC’ for the first time completed the outfit. This strip turned out to be last last for Adidas.

 

Shorts: Blue with three claret side stripes and included the club’s initials ‘WHUFC’ and Adidas logo

Socks: Blue topped off with three claret stripes and Adidas logo

1985-87 Away Card

Home

1987-88 to 1988-89

Manufacturer: SCORELINE

Sponsor: AVCO TRUST

With the Adidas deal at an end, smaller sportswear company Scoreline became the club’s new supplier.   Large light blue panel ran down each side of the shirt with a shadow pinstripe which ran through the shirt fabric. The club’s crest was placed centrally with the Scoreline logo featured on each sleeve.

 

Shorts: White with blue side panel, Scoreline logo finished with claret trim and club’s initials ‘WHUFC’

Socks: White topped off with two claret stripes

1987-89 Home 1987-88 Home Card

Away

1987-88 to 1988-89

Manufacturer: SCORELINE

Sponsor: AVCO TRUST

The away kit replicated the design of the home strip with white replacing claret as the primary shirt colour. The shorts and socks like all the Hammers outfits from the 80’s were designed to be worn with either the home or the away shirt.

 

Shorts: Blue with claret side panel and Scoreline logo finished with white trim and the club’s initials ‘WHUFC’

Socks: Blue topped off with two claret stripes

1987-89 Away 1987-89 Away Card

HOME

1989-90

Manufacturer: BUKTA

Sponsor: BAC WINDOWS

Bukta, who had in fact produced the Hammers strip in the mid-70s, arrived as kit suppliers in 1989. The shirt had quite a retro feel, combined with modern flair, which saw a return of the favourite blue sleeves, now trimmed with white piping and Bukta logo

 

BAC Windows replaced Avco Trust as the club sponsors after six years.

 

Shorts: White with Claret and Blue side panels, Bukta logo and club badge.

Socks: White topped with one blue and one claret stripe.

1989-91 Home 1989-91 Home Card

AWAY

1989-90

Manufacturer: BUKTA

Sponsor: BAC WINDOWS

1989-91 Away

The new white away shirt again mirrored the design of the home, with claret piping and a neat claret and blue button-up round neck. As with the home shirt, the fabric featured a small chequerboard shadow pattern comprising a crossed hammers logo.

 

Shorts: Unusually claret were worn instead of blue. White and blue panels to side with Bukta logo and club badge.

Socks: Blue topped with two claret stripes.

1989-91 Away Card

HOME

1990-91

The only change over the previous seasons design is the introduction of the script Bukta logo to the shirt and shorts.

 

Shorts: White with Claret and Blue side panels, Bukta script logo and club badge.

Socks: White topped with one blue and one claret stripe.

Manufacturer: BUKTA

Sponsor: BAC WINDOWS

1990-91 Home

Manufacturer: BUKTA

Sponsor: BAC WINDOWS

AWAY

1990-91

Script Bukta logo added to both the shirt and the shorts

 

Shorts: Unusually claret were worn instead of blue. White and blue panels to side with Bukta script logo and club badge.

Socks: Blue topped with two claret stripes.

1990-91 Away

HOME

1991-92 to 1992-93

Manufacturer: BUKTA

Sponsor: BAC WINDOWS (91-92)

DAGENHAM MOTORS (92-93)

Bukta’s second offering was voted the worst-ever kit design worn by Hammers' fans. White and light blue shoulder flashes, also repeated on the sleeves combined with light blue piping. The baggy fitting shirt with button-down collar complete with the club’s WHUFC initials. Bukta also introduced the club badge repeated in a shadow pattern.

With the club relegated to Division Two in 1992-93 local car dealers Dagenham Motors became the new shirt sponsors.

 

Shorts: White with Claret and Blue chevron side panels, club badge and Bukta logos to front.

Socks: White topped off with blue an claret stripe

1991-93 Home 1991-92 Home Card 1991-92 Away Card 1992-93 Away Card

AWAY

 1991-92 to 1992-93

1991-93 Away

Manufacturer: BUKTA

Sponsor: BAC WINDOWS (91-92)

DAGENHAM MOTORS (92-93)

With the club struggling for survival in their first season back in Division One. The Hammers wore an unorthodox blue and white striped away kit. For the first time in over 15 years the club took to the field in an away stripe that wasn’t plain white.

 

Shorts: Claret with blue and white chevron side panels, club badge and Bukta logos to front.

Socks: Blue topped of with two claret stripes

AWAY - Alternative 3rd Strip

1991-92

Manufacturer: BUKTA

Sponsor: BAC WINDOWS (91-92)

In 1991-92 West Ham for the first time launched an alternative third strip (Second Away). A bright pattern of diagonal claret and blue bars topped with an identical shadow pattern to that of the home and away kits. Claret and blue chevrons on the sleeves, and a new collar design was introduced with blue piping which ran from the collar to under the arms.

 

Shorts: White with Claret and Blue chevron side panels, club badge and Bukta logos to front.

Socks: White topped off with blue an claret stripe

1991-92 Away Bukta 3rd Strip

HOME

1993-94 to 1994-95

Manufacturer: PONY

Sponsor: DAGENHAM MOTORS

After four years Bukta were replaced by American sportswear company Pony. Football’s rise in popularity in the early 90’s also saw a rebirth of retro fashions, which strongly influenced the kits of the time. Pony’s first attempt mirrored the classic West Ham designs of the 60s and 70s with a striped crew neck, light blue sleeves and the Pony ‘tick’ trademark shadow pattern running through the shirt and one large ‘tick’ across the chest.

 

Shorts: White with one claret and two blue ‘tick’ side panels.

Socks: White topped with 3 claret and 2 blue stripes

1993-95 Home Card Shirt 1993-95 Home Bobby Moore

BOBBY MOORE MEMORIAL MATCH SHIRT

West Ham United v. F.A. Premier League 7th March 1994

Manufacturer: PONY

Sponsor: DAGENHAM MOTORS

West Ham United and England captain Bobby Moore died from bowel cancer in February 1993. A year after his death a Memorial Match was held on 7th March 1994 to remember one of the greatest defenders ever to play the game. A West Ham United side took on an F.A. Premier League XI which was managed by Arsenal boss George Graham with players selected from each of the other clubs that made up the Premier League. The game also marked the official opening of the £5-million Bobby Moore Stand, in a private ceremony before the game Stephanie Moore unveiled a bronze bust in the foyer of her late husband and former Hammer’s legend. A special Memorial shirt was also commissioned for the occasion, with club manufacturers Pony designing a similar style shirt to that season's kit, minus the Pony tick logo across the chest.

The memorial game was a fitting tribute to the great man, West Ham won 2-1 with goals from Clive Allen and Jeroen Boere, however, with a gate of 20,311 the biggest winner was the Bobby Moore Fund for Imperial Cancer Reserch which received an estimated £200,000. Today the original 1994 shirt can fetch upwards of £140 with today's modern reproduction shirt retailing at £35

 

Shirt 1993-94 Home Memorial 1993-95 Away

AWAY

1993-94 to 1994-95

Manufacturer: PONY

Sponsor: DAGENHAM MOTORS  

Pony’s first away strip saw a return to the classic Hammers change strip of the 60s. The shirt was completed by a simple claret crew neck and cuffs to create a brilliant modern restyling of Hammers fans’ favourite away kit.

 

Shorts: Blue with club badge and Pony logos to front

Socks: Blue topped with 3 claret stripes and Pony logo.  

1993-95 Away Card

AWAY - Alternative 3rd Strip

1994-95

Manufacturer: PONY

Sponsor: DAGENHAM MOTORS  

A new third strip was launched for the 1994-95 campaign. It was quite a development design-wise from any previous Hammers kits – white with claret sleeves and V-neck, trimmed with navy blue. The shirt featured an identical Pony shadow pattern to the home and away kit. The club badge and Pony logos were placed centrally on the shirt.

 

Shorts: Claret with navy blue trim and side panels that included the Pony logo and club badge.

Socks: Claret topped off with white panel and Pony logo

1994-95 Away 3rd Card Millennium Shirt 1990-91 Home Shirt 1991-92 3rd strip

HOME

1995-96 to 1996-97

Manufacturer: PONY

Sponsor: DAGENHAM MOTORS

Pony delved further into the club’s archives to produce their next home kit. If the last home kit was influenced by the 70’s, this new one, with it’s large old-fashioned collar, was inspired by the Hammers side of the 30s and 40s. To celebrate the club’s centenary, a shadow pattern of bubbles and the number ‘100’ was incorporated throughout the fabric of the shirt. Following the mid-90s trend, the club badge was now housed within an additional shield.

 

Shorts: White with claret side panels with Pony logo and club badge.

Socks: Claret and blue hoped were worn rather than traditional white.

AWAY

1995-96 & 3rd Strip for 1996-97

Manufacturer: PONY

Sponsor: DAGENHAM MOTORS

The away kit took all the stylings of the home strip - baggier fit, shadow pattern and all – and converted it once again into the classic West Ham away style, albeit in a now slightly deeper shade of blue. As with the home kit, a small version of the Hammers motif was added within the collar. This new kit did not capture the imagination of the fans and was replaced as first choice change strip after just one season

 

Shorts: Blue shorts with claret side panels. Often worn with the home shirt.

Socks: Blue topped off with one claret stripe.

AWAY

1996-97

Manufacturer: PONY

Sponsor: DAGENHAM MOTORS

The mid-90s saw a strange trend for ecru kits emerge throughout the football world. West Ham were no exception and introduced a new away kit in a curious colour. The shirt was topped with a navy and claret inset collar and navy side panels, which worked well with the amber of the one-off badge design. The move away from traditional bright colours at this time was due to clubs producing kits with replica shirts for fans in mind.

 

Shorts: Claret with navy side panels with Pony and club badge.

Socks: Navy with two white strips anove the ankle and topped off with Claret.

HOME

1997-98 to 1998-99

Manufacturer: PONY

Sponsor: DR MARTENS

Retro influences were left firmly behind with the next home kit, which featured a new variation on the traditional colours. White was added as trim to the collar and cuffs and a fine shadow stripe was included. Side panel and under-arm panels of Blue completed the kit. After five years, the club’s deal with Dagenham Motors ended and for the majority of the season the shirt was without a sponsor, until footwear giants Dr Martens stepped in towards the end of 1997-98.

 

Shorts: White with side panels of claret and blue with Pony logo and club badge.

Socks: Claret.

AWAY

1997-98 & 3rd Strip for 1998-99

Manufacturer: PONY

Sponsor: DR MARTENS

A radical revamp of the club’s away kit for 97-98. The shirt remained light blue which included new shadow stripes, but was now trimmed with navy blue and just a hint of claret. Paired with the shorts and socks, it made a very distinctive outfit. As with the home kit, the majority of the season saw the kit unsponsored.

 

Shorts: Navy blue with light blue side panels, claret waistband. Pony logo and club badge.

Socks: Navy blue topped off with two thin light blue stripes.

AWAY

1998-99

Manufacturer: PONY

Sponsor: DR MARTENS

This all-white outfit, which was worn for one season only, marked the end of the club’s fruitful relationship with Pony. The shirt was really ahead of it’s time with its use of piping combined with underarm and side panels. The shirt also included a neat shadow pinstripe and a small crossed hammers motif below the inset V-neck design.

 

Shorts: White and edge with claret band at bottom, Pony logo and club badge.

Socks: White topped off with claret and two thin light blue strips.

Shirt 1990-91 Away 1990-91 Away Script 1990-91 Away Badge 1990-91 Home 1990-91 Home Script

1980 F.A. Cup Final

West Ham United v. Arsenal

Shirt 1980 Cup Final Shirt 1985-87 Away Shirt 1985-87 Home

1975 F.A. Cup Final

West Ham United v. Fulham

Shirt 1975 FA Cup Final

Home

1975-76  Cup Winners

Shirt 1995-97 Home Shirt 1996-97 Away Shirt 1997-99 Home Shirt 1997-99 Away Shirt 1998-99 Away 1995-97 Home Action 1996-97 Away Action 1997-99 Home Action Shirt 1995-97 Away Shirt 1981 Cup Final Shirt 1975-76 Home

1981 Football League Cup Final

West Ham United v. Liverpool

Shirt 1983-85 Home 1923 shirt

1923 F.A. Cup Final

West Ham United v. Bolton Wanderers

1964 FA CUP Shirt 1965 ECWC Shirt