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Reading FC Pre-Madejski Stadium Home Kits World Cup 1878-79 v 1992-94

Next up in our Home Kits World Cup: a forgotten home kit versus a Championship winning design.


I imagine I am not the only fan who was surprised to find out that Reading once wore a navy and white halved home kit. I quite like it, even if it does look more like a Blackburn Rovers home kit than a Reading home kit.

1879-79 Home Kit

Credit: Chris Lee

As the picture above shows, it was also a successful kit, with us winning the Berks & Bucks Challenge Cup. Interestingly there is at present no evidence of what colours Reading wore for the next two seasons, so this forgotten design might have been worn for longer than thought.


I think it's fair to say that this is the kit that started the modern day history of Reading FC. It was our first hooped kit for nine years and would see us win promotion to the second tier for only the third time in our history. We have only been outside the second tier for four years in the subsequent 22 years.

The odd thing about this kit is that the kit make actually changed in 1993 from Brooks to Pelada, but the design stayed exactly the same bar the change in kit logo. This is shown below by Keith McPherson, left, wearing the 93/94 Pelada kit and Michael Gilkes wearing the 92/93 Brooks kit.

McPherson, Gilkes and Williams

Credit: Chris Lee

The final day for voting will be 11 June.

If you have enjoyed seeing these wonderful historic photos please do check out Chris Lee's excellent website which is an absolute treasure trove of material for Reading fans.