With our Champion Cherries about to go global, All Departments will be highlighting a smattering of curios from Bournemouth’s largely modest history over the close season.

Among the 92 clubs in the top four divisions of English football, Bournemouth are unique in donning a red and black striped home shirt. Despite being much loved by supporters and widely considered to be the traditional colours, the stripes only made their debut in the 1970-71 season when manager John Bond adopted the strip of the much admired AC Milan.  Although white has been more prominent  over the years than black as the second colour to the timeless cherry red, it has yet to feature in the Cherries’ kit this century.

shirt collageAs the five examples pictured above demonstrate, the space for creativity afforded by away and third kits has produced mixed results, with most colours on the spectrum featuring at one time or another.

In the 2013-14 season Gareth Davies’ superb Shirt Tales feature in the Matchday programme took a close look at some of the Cherries’ kits from the past and their historical significance. The example that follows is from the programme for our match with Derby County on 23rd November 2013. Click on the image for a larger view.

Shirt Tales Example

A detailed pictorial history of our home kit can be found here.

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