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Arsenal Jersey

HOME COLOURS

For much of Arsenal's history,
their home colours have been
bright red shirts with white
sleeves and white shorts, though
this has not always been the
case. The choice of red is in
recognition of a charitable
donation fromNottingham
Forest, soon after Arsenal's
foundation in 1886. Two of Dial
Square's founding members,
Fred Beardsley and Morris Bates,
were former Forest players who
had moved to Woolwich for work.
As they put together the first
team in the area, no kit could be
found, so Beardsley and Bates
wrote home for help and
received a set of kit and a ball.
The shirt was redcurrant, a dark
shade of red, and was worn with
white shorts and blue socks.

For the 1895-96 season Arsenal
would briefly play in blue and red
striped shirt before reverting to
dark red shirts the next season.
The strip would remain mostly
unchanged for the next 36
years, only the socks alterning
from navy blue to dark red and
back to navy blue again.
In 1933 Herbert Chapman,
wanting his players to be more
distinctly dressed, updated the
kit, adding white sleeves and
changing the shade to a brighter
pillar box red. Two possibilities
have been suggested for the
origin of the white sleeves. One
story reports that Chapman
noticed a supporter in the
stands wearing a red sleeveless
jumper over a white shirt;
another was that he was
inspired by a similar outfit worn
by the cartoonistTom Webster,
with whom Chapman played golf.

Dark blue socks would remain
part of the Arsenal strip until the
1960-61 season when they were
changed to white with red
turnovers, thus creating the
combination of red and white
shirt, white short, white and red
socks that is most familiar to
Arsenal fans today.

The red and white shirts have
come to define Arsenal and the
team have worn the combination
ever since, aside from two
seasons. The first was 1966–67,
when Arsenal wore all-red shirts;this proved unpopular and the
white sleeves returned the
following season. The second was
2005–06, the last season that
Arsenal played at Highbury, when
the team wore commemorative
redcurrant shirts similar to
those worn in 1913, their first
season in the stadium; the club
reverted to their normal colours
at the start of the next season.
In the 2008–09 season,
Arsenal replaced the traditional
all-white sleeves with red sleeves
with a broad white stripe. In
the 2010-11 season they
reverted back to all white
sleeves .

Arsenal's home colours have
been the inspiration for at least
three other clubs. In 1909,
Sparta Prague adopted a dark
red kit like the one Arsenal wore
at the time;in 1938, Hibernian
adopted the design of the
Arsenal shirt sleeves in their own
green and white strip.
In 1920,
Sporting Clube de Braga's coach
returned from a game at
Highbury and changed his team's
green kit to a duplicate of
Arsenal's red with white sleeves
and shorts, giving rise to the
team's nickname of Os
Arsenalistas.


AWAY COLOURS

For many years Arsenal's away
colours were white shirts and
either black or white shorts. For
five years between 1953 and
1958 the club's away shirt was
royal blue with white sleeves. An
all white kit would be used for
the next nine years, between
1958 and 1967.
Since the 1969–70 season,
Arsenal have worn yellow and
blue, but there have been
exceptions. They wore a green
and navy away kit in 1982–83.
Since the early 1990s and the
advent of the lucrative replica
kit market, the away colours
have been changed regularly.
During this period the designs
have been either two-tone blue
designs, or variations on the
traditional yellow and blue, such
as the metallic gold and navy
strip used in the 2001–02
season, and the yellow and dark
grey used from 2005 to 2007. As of 2009, the away kit is
changed every season, and the
outgoing away kit becomes the
third-choice kit.


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