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Aston Villa's kit changed a number of times early in the club's history, sometimes quite radically, until 1888 when the Football League was founded. It was at this time that claret and blue was established the official club colours.

Since 1893, the body of the kit has been claret with blue sleeves and predominantly white shorts.

During the 1970s, shirt and sports manufacturers began to influence designs, shirt logos appearing on the shirt. This is when shirt designs began to change in line with the new manufacturers and subsequent shirt sponsorships.

Vintage claret

Villa kits in the early part of the twentieth century featured drawstrings at the collar.
But this design was modified in 1924. The updated version contained a high crew neck with two light blue bands which were repeated at the cuffs.
The lacing at the collar was also discarded.
The high neckline design remained until the end of the 1955-56 season, with the double-banded feature occasionally replaced by a single-hooped version.

Years: 1924-35
Design feature: Crew neck with blue stripes
Famous game: 1929 FA Cup semi-final v Portsmouth
Worn by: Billy Walker, Pongo Waring, Eric Houghton, Tommy Smart

Wembley winners

Between December 1956 and 1962, Villa predominantly wore light blue as their main change colour.
This classic jersey – worn in the 1957 FA Cup final victory over Manchester United – was a slight departure from that design.
Striking claret pinstripes were introduced, apparently to provide sufficient contrast for TV coverage of the Wembley final.
It remains one of the iconic kits from the club’s history.  

Years: 1957
Design feature: Thin claret stripes
Famous game: FA Cup final
League position: 10th
Worn by: Johnny Dixon, Jimmy Dugdale, Peter McParland

Kings of Europe

White has been a popular change colour for Villa throughout our history.
But no kit is more iconic than the one worn by our heroes on that famous Rotterdam night of 1982.
Ironically, very few of our players were pictured wearing this classy number during the post-match celebrations - many of them had swapped shirts with their Bayern Munich counterparts after our historic 1-0 victory!

Years: 1982
Manufacturer: Le Coq Sportif
Design feature: Classic v-neck
Famous game: European Cup final 
League position: 6th
Worn by: Dennis Mortimer, Peter Withe, Gordon Cowans

Premier class

Our home kit for the inaugural Premier League campaign was certainly a distinctive one.
Umbro continued in its role as manufacturer, producing a jersey which featured an old-fashioned drawstring collar.
This claret classic served us well. Ron Atkinson’s men produced some vintage football and pushed Manchester United right to the wire in the title race, eventually finishing as runners-up.

Years: 1992-93
Manufacturer: Umbro
Design feature: Traditional drawstring collar
Famous game: 4-2 win over Liverpool 
League position: 2nd
Worn by: Dean Saunders, Dalian Atkinson, Paul McGrath