Classic and Retro Norwich City Football Shirts
Given the intense local rivalry between Newcastle and Sunderland, Newcastle’s first kit, in their earliest ‘incarnation’ as Newcastle East End, was not their recognised black and white stripes, but red and white stripes! The club merged with Newcastle West End in 1892 to form Newcastle United who retained Newcastle East End’s by now all-red football shirts for two years until repeated colour clashes madeWhat came first, the colours or the nickname? In most cases, nicknames evolve gradually, often inspired by a club’s choice of kit colour. In Norwich City’s case however the reverse is true as the club opted for their famous yellow and green strip after inheriting the ‘Canaries’ nickname due to the city’s past reputation for breeding and exporting the yellow birds.When the team was originally formed in 1902 however, the club wore sky blue and white halved shirts. Five years later though, the vibrant yellow and green colour scheme arrived and the club’s unique individuality was born. The blue and white haved shirts did make a reappearance at Carrow Road in the 02-03 season in the form of a special commemorative jersey).Apart from a brief dalliance with white in the mid 1920s, the Canaries have remained with yellow and green ever since its introduction in 1907. The colour scheme has been moulded into many different designs including stripes in the early 1920s and halved shirts from the late 1920s up to the outbreak of the Second World War. Since then, yellow shirts with green trim have been the norm. Black shorts were favoured by the club up until the late 1960s when green pairs were introduced.Despite seldom needing to wear change colours, the club have generally sported white away from home when required, often trimmed very effectively with subtle yellow and green trim. The club’s first sponsor was Poll Withey Windows back in 1983 as part of a three year deal, but possibly the team’s most appropriate sponsor came in the form of Colman’s Mustard in 1997. Not only was the company based locally, the mustard colour of course, suited Norwich’s kit perfectly! Combine Colman’s sponsorship with a kit designed by fashion guru Bruce Oldfield (worn from 97-99) and you have one of the greatest Norwich kits ever.