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 Headington United - after the war, 1940-1960

Laced crew necks all but disappeared aside from a few die-hard traditionalist clubs in favour of collared shirts.  Hooped stockings became extremely popular.  During the early Fifties most clubs stuck to their traditional designs with only minor alterations to shirt and stocking trims.
In 1953 Bolton Wanderers played in the FA Cup Final in a novel kit made from shiny material, the first time that artificial fabric had been used in the manufacture of shirts and shorts.  The first predominantly pale stockings appeared in the early 1950s and by the end of the decade white socks became widely available.

Continental influences were seen in new lightweight strips that began to appear in 1955, featuring bold V-necks, short sleeves and more streamlined shorts.  There were several innovations in design, perhaps most notably the “candy-stripes” first worn as change strips by Manchester City and Aston Villa in successive FA Cup finals (1956 and 1957 respectively). This design enjoyed a vogue that lasted until the mid Sixties.

By the end of the Fifties the heavy playing kits and boots of previous eras had disappeared.

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1945-46 Top  Home
Orange shirts with blue sleeves  
Home kit 'Away' kit

1945-46 Senior Cup Final

 
1947-48   Joined Spartan League. Top  Home
 
Home kit 'Away' kit

1947-48
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1948-49 Top  Home
Orange & blue  
Home kit 'Away' kit
 
 
1949-50   Joined Southern League.  First professional season. Top  Home
 
Home kit 'Away' kit
 

1949-50, selection notice
(colours differ from that used in the League match photo - right)

The club badge, as worn on shirts in this season
(colours are estimated)

Sep 1949,
first home game
in Southern League

 
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For the first match at the Manor played under floodlights, v Banbury Spencer (18 Dec 1950), United played in white shirts and blue shorts, because of the clash with Banbury's gold shirts and red shorts -even though it was a home game.  They also played in the same colours in the next floodlit match, v Swindon Town (31 Jan 1951), so whether these were actually the official 'away' kit colours, or just a strip played in under floodlights is uncertain.
White shirts

Blue shorts

Home kit 'Away' kit
18-12-50 v Banbury Spencer
31-01-51 v Swindon Town
 

1950-51 first & reserve teams
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1952-53   Southern League Champions. Top  Home
 
Home kit 'Away' kit

1952-53
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A new badge design had been introduced by this season, and was also worn on the shirt
(colours are estimated)

 
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1953-54 team photos
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1957-58
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