7 thoughts on “Midweek Mashup – Chelsea, 1970

  1. Hi Denis, the shorts worn for the FA Cup replay were not the away shorts (which were a much darker blue), but customised home shorts with yellow trim and numbers. These were then carried over and used for the following two seasons with plain yellow socks from the ECWC Final in 1971 onwards. In 1972 ‘Wembley 1972’ embroidery was added and worn v Stoke and Leeds then finally a yellow collar appeared to be worn v Spurs and Forest.

    1. This was a fascinating period for subtle (Chelsea) kit changes, just when I think I have found them all another one pops up. What a pity there are so few colour images available.

      1. I couldn’t agree more – I drive myself potty searching for things and then another source seems to contradict what I’ve just found!

        Did you see our recent piece on Chelsea’s 1990-91 kits?

      2. I did, and that one was spot on 🙂 This was the last season Chelsea ever wore a wholly red shirt. Diamonds followed, then pinstripes and shorts. Since then it has only ever been a trim feature. I think Ken Bates might have imposed a ban on red. A shame as I really liked our 70’s ‘Hungarian’ kit. Also historically our away kit was always red from the late 30’s to the mid 60’s, and even occasionally from 1911 onwards.

  2. Yeah, clubs nowadays get far too caught up in not wanting to be seen in ‘rivals’ colours’.

    I don’t suppose you know why Chelsea and Manchester City both changed when they met in the ECWC in 1970-71? I know that the ‘both change’ rule was still in place for the FA Cup, but odd that it would happen in European comp too.

    1. I don’t know the official reason but often clubs would come to a private agreement. Chelsea let Barca wear their home kit in all 3 Fairs Cup ties in the mid 60’s and the following season agreed to wear their white away kit in both FA Cup ties v Brighton. There was also an agreement where Chelsea and Man City both wore away kits before the Full Members Cup final in 1986, even going so far as to have new full squad photos taken for the programme cover.
      The FA Cup rule whereby both clubs changed was very strange, especially as everyone and his dog wore a yellow and blue away kit in the 70’s…

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