There was little
innovation in kit design during the 1920s. During the
1930s several innovations to kit design appeared. The laced
crew neck began to disappear in favour of collared shirts
with a short fly (a style that was traditional in rugby
union until quite recently). In 1933 Herbert Chapman
introduced a radical new look to the Arsenal kit
incorporating contrasting sleeves and hooped stockings.
In 1939 numbers on the
back of players' shirts were introduced although Chapman’s
Arsenal had experimented with numbered shirts earlier.
Stripes began to appear on the side of shorts for the first
time towards the end of the decade. Shirts and shorts became
more generously cut, giving rise to the baggy shorts
reaching to the knee.
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