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07-02-2014 | A Look Back at Leicester's Football Kits

As football equipment suppliers we take a great interest in how football kits have changed over the years. Last time, we looked at how the England team’s kit has changed since starting out. Today, we’re keeping things local and taking a look back at how Leicester’s kit has developed over time.


The team was established in 1884 by a group of former public school boys and were originally called Leicester Fosse FC. A nomadic group with no fixed ground, the team sported a black shirt with a diagonal blue band, white shorts and black socks. This was quickly changed to a blue and brown shirt in 1886 before the whole kit changed to feature a white shirt with royal blue shorts and socks in 1890. During these years, the team only played friendly matched as they were not part of any league. 



Fosse joined the Midland League in 1891 along with local rivals Loughborough town. It was then that the team purchased their own ground for the first time. This was located of Filbert Street and it was here that the team were based when they were elected to Division Two after three years. 



The club experimented with various shades of blue throughout the early 1900’s before settling on the recognisable royal blue and white colours seen today in 1903. In 1908 they were promoted to Division One, although they were relegated at the end of the same season.




The War Years - 1930’s

Leicester continued to play football throughout the war, although a lack of dye meant their kits had to change yet again. Instead of a solid colour shirt, the team were seen sporting striped blue and white shirts for these years. After the war, Fosse changed their name to Leicester City. In 1925, Leicester won the Second Division Championship and remained one of the most successful teams in the division for the next 10 years.



1940s – 1970s

The team did not play for the duration of the Second World War. In 1946 a crest was added to the kit for the first time. This crest featured a fox and was believed to be linked with the county’s association with hunting. It was at this point the team became known as ‘Foxes’. This crest was replaced with a new design in the early 1950s. Around this time, football equipment suppliers and kit manufacturers realised football kits were a big business and the quality rapidly improved.


During the 1960s, Leicester City were much more successful than they had been previously and made it to three different FA Cup finals. Unfortunately, they lost all three but managed to win the League Cup against Stoke City in 1964. Throughout the 1970’s, the team fluctuated regularly between leagues whilst wearing white-collared versions of the traditional royal blue shirt.


1980s – 1990s

The star of the 1980’s and 1990’s was Gary Lineker. He led Leicester City to the Premiership before becoming the first player to leave in order to pursue an international career. It was during the 1980s that sponsor logos were first seen on the team’s kit.



In the 90s the crest was redesigned yet again for the club’s time in the Premiership, to a design very similar to the one the team uses today. However, by 1996 the club were relegated yet again but managed to stay top of the league for the following years.


The 2000s were a trying time for Leicester City, particularly when the club fell into administration in 2002, when the team found themselves in Division Two yet again. An association fronted by Gary Lineker saved the team and lead them back to the Premiership almost immediately. 


Throughout the 2000s very little was changed to the Leicester City kit. Apart from a few tweaks to the circular fox crest and slight alterations to the kit design each season, the club’s strip remained very much the same. The most notable change in recent years was a special 125th anniversary crest which was used during the 2009-2010 season. This featured the traditional circular fox logo with an added banner. 

Apto Sports are Leicester-based football equipment suppliers are dedicated to providing top quality goods to clubs of all levels. Take a look at our online catalogue and get in touch with us today to get your team ready for next season.



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