The definitive illustrated kit history of the rams
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1895 – 1924
The familiar black and white combination is well documented from 1895. Any future colour clashes often resulted in the black and white striped jersey being used instead of the white. The Nottingham Journal (7th October 1895) states that Derby County appeared for the first time at Nottingham in their white flannel jerseys and black knickers.
The Sheffield Evening Telegraph (19th December 1896), Derby V Liverpool, claims due to the regular colours of the teams being identical, Liverpool played in scarlet shirts. At the time Liverpool played in pale blue and white halved shirts. To date we have been unable to find any 1896 reference to Derby playing in anything other than white as their regular choice.
The 1903 FA Cup final shirt was also used prior to the final in the home game against Sheffield Wednesday. It was thought that this would allow the Derby players to get used to the unfamiliar red jersey. It did not appear to work as Derby got beaten 6 nil in the final. Derby clashed colours with Bury several times and on one occasion it was reported in the Athletic News (29th February 1904) that Derby wore dark indigo and white hooped jerseys in the style of the rugby clubs.
1924 – 1946
1946/47 – 1948/49
1949/50 – 58/59
The blue away shirt was once loaned to Luton Town F.C for a cup match Versus Bolton Wanderers. The Luton manager at the time was the ex Derby County player Dally Duncan. Duncan and Riddings the Bolton manager flipped a coin to decide who would get choice of kits worn. Duncan lost which meant he was required to source a kit for the match. Duncan was given 2 identical blue kits from his old club, the 2nd kit was a standy by for players if the shirts required changing at half time due to weather conditions.