Classic and Retro Derby County Football Shirts

Although Derby are known today for their plain and simple white shirts and black shorts, the club’s kit history is actually remarkably colourful. In 1884 the first ever Rams side sported chocolate and amber halved shirts complete with pale blue sleeves. There has never been another Derby kit quite like it, although the colours were revived as part of an extravagant trim on the centenary shirt in the 1984-85 season. Later strips included red shirts, blue shirts with red sleeves, black and white stripes and for the 1894-95 season, red, white and black stripes. The club eventually settled for the workman-like white jerseys and black shorts a season later. This colour scheme, generally worn with black socks, lasted until 1971 when navy replaced black in the Rams palette. The white and navy combination, which was introduced by then-manager Brian Clough in attempt to mimic the England national side, lasted until 1989 when Umbro reintroduced black shorts accompanied by a “Black is Back” promotional campaign. Away from home yellow or blue have more often than not formed Derby’s away kits, although red has also been worn - especially in the 1960s. However, with the colour being closely associated with Derby’s near neighbours and bitter rivals, Nottingham Forest, its presence has, not surprisingly, been sparse in recent years. One of the club’s most popular ever Ram’s away kits however was the Argentina-esque pale blue and white stripes that appeared in the late 1970s. Airline company British Midland became the club’s first every shirt sponsor in 1980 although car manufacturers Saab mounted a groundbreaking campaign to appear on the Ram’s shirts in 1976-77 but the deal was thwarted by the Football League who were yet to permit shirt sponsorship in English football