to Established 1884, the illustrated shirt history of Derby County
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this site without permission and in some instances making money from
our hard work we have now placed a watermark over the images.
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contents held on established 1884 have been extensively researched
using archived newspapers, football annuals, vintage postcards and the
expert knowledge of authors and historians within the world of football.
Whilst we consider our shirt re-creations are a good representation of
the originals, it is impossible to claim they are 100% accurate due to
the nature of some of the reference material sourced.
Majority of archived newspapers from the early years fail to mention
colours and styles worn on the field of play. The images and
illustrations from early football are limited and colourised images are
extremely hard to find, hence why we will never claim to be the
definitive guide to all things associated with the shirts worn by the
Researching for the site started in early 2012 and it has been a long
process, many an hour spent trawling through the British Library
archives and old annuals just to find the smallest snippet of
information. During the research process an email was sent to
The National Football Museum asking if they could offer some help and
advice. The email correspondence from Peter Holme at the
National Football Museum resulted in obtaining an archived newspaper
which held a match report from Derby County's first ever match against
Great Lever. Within the match report was a detailed account
of what the two teams had worn on the field of play. The
match report appears to be very rare and along with the colour way
mentioned had never been documented in Derby County's history prior to
the research. With this in mind we are very grateful to Peter
Holme for his help. Another great find was an Blue &
Amber patch shirt from the early years which had also not been
documented in Derby County's history.
The acknowledgment page details people of whom we are grateful to for
their help but two people who have been a constant source of knowledge
throughout are Andy Ellis & Peter Seddon. Both are
authors of Derby County related books and what they don't know about
Derby is not worth knowing.
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