Updated: Apr 3, 2019
Modern day football, of course, is driven by commerciality. Sponsors adorn the stadia and cover as much of the training gear and playing kit as clubs can get away with. Kit manufacturers too look to churn out an ever increasing stream of new strips. And whilst some clubs will manage to slip their player into as many of 4 different match day shirts this season there is also a trend for clubs to change both home and away kits every season too.
This was not always the case. And whilst Newcastle are just a guilty as the rest over recent seasons, things were very different before the manufacturers got involved.
Indeed between 1932 and 1959 Newcastle’s first team kit remained unchanged. In that time United won 4 FA Cups and there was not a brand or logo in sight.
Even the clubs crest would not make a weekly outing on the famous black and white shirts until the European glory season of 1969. Before that the coat of arms would only find its way onto the shirt in big FA Cup ties.
Newcastle United’s first ever shirt sponsor deal would arrive in 1980-81 season, that famous Blue Star of course.
We’ve taken a look back at the glorious history of Newcastle United to see how the styles have changed over the years. Our look includes a 5 season gap where no kits were needed following suspension of all top flight football during the First World War.
There are some lovely kits amongst those in our history. Some horrors too, in our view. Please post and let us know which is your favourite and who you remember playing in it.
You can see every home kit Newcastle United have ever played in, listed by year, here