Classic and Retro Bolton Wanderers Football Shirts

Few teams today are still wearing the kit designs from their early years and there can be little doubt that Bolton Wanderers’ fans are mightily relieved that this is the case and that the club’s original 1884 flamboyant outfit of white football jerseys emblazoned with large red spots no longer feature in the team kitbag! Apart from their original salmon pink and black strip and a brief dalliance with royal blue and white stripes in 1890, the club have stuck rigidly to a stable and modest palette of white, navy and red.The 1885-86 season saw the team ditch the red spots and play in a white, navy and red striped number (that was revived in 2002 as a one-off kit to celebrate the club’s 125th anniversary) before the more familiar white shirts and navy shorts came along in 1888.Occasionally the team have also played in an all-white strip, most recently for a five year period from 2003 to 2008. Bolton enjoy one of the longest and strongest commercial relationships in football thanks to their kit supply deal with local sportswear company Reebok that commenced in 1993. The company also of course have naming rights over the club’s stadium. The Reebok logo actually made its first appearance on the team kit three years earlier as a sponsor, and from 1993-2009 the company took on the dual role of both kit manufacturer and shirt sponsor. An early shirt sponsor though must have caused confusion whenever the Trotters played away from home. The 1981-82 season saw their jerseys feature the mysterious acronym ‘BEN’. Only locals would have known that this stood for the Bolton Evening News!