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 Headington United - from the beginning up to World War I, 1893-1918

In 1890 the Football League required clubs to register their colours for the first time and stipulated that no two clubs could register similar kits.  This rule was later relaxed  and clubs were required to travel with a second set of shirts (usually white) in case of a colour clash.
Stockings did not generally form part of the kit until the turn of the century while players wore heavy shin guards outside their socks.
By the close of the century most of the leading clubs were wearing strips that would be recognisable today.

By 1901 the regulations that required footballers to cover their knees were relaxed and shorts (known as “knickerbockers” or "knickers") became shorter.  Shirts and shorts were close fitting and made from tough, heavyweight natural fibres.  For the first time, stockings became part of clubs’ strips. These were initially self-coloured but quickly design features such as contrasting rings on the turnover began to appear.  The main stocking colour was always dark (red, blue, black or dark blue): pale colours did not appear for another 50 years.  Knickers were only available in white, black or navy blue (occasionally grey). It was exceedingly rare for clubs to wear matching shirts and shorts although Swansea Town (now Swansea City) have always worn all-white.

Shirts with laced crew necks became popular but a variety of collar designs were evident. Striped shirts were popular and the trend was for stripes to become wider than they had been during the previous century.

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