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Win a piece of history!

Filed: Tuesday, 30th September 2008
By: Staff Writer

Want to win an original West Ham United FC replica shirt? Read on ...

KUMB.com member Bobby Orangeboom has produced replicas of the first two kits that West Ham United FC ever wore - replica shirts that you won't find on sale anywhere else.

The two designs (see below) were the first two kits ever worn by the club between 1900-1903. Mr Orangeboom takes up the story:

On the left, the plain salmon kit, on the right the later hooped kit

"The plain salmon shirt was orginally worn in the 1900/01 season, the club's first as West Ham United. This shirt was worn for two seasons.

"The second shirt - salmon with a single black hoop - was worn for just one season, in 1902/03. The following season, West Ham United adopted the claret and blue design that stays with us to this day.

"I decided to reproduce these shirts back in September 2007 and a year on (sorry!) I have finally received delivery of them."

Much painstaking research was undertaken to ensure the authenticity of the shirt colours, which have been endorsed by leading local sporting historians.

"Many rumours surround the early history of West Ham United FC and especially our kits/shirts," adds Bobby. "I was both intrigued and sceptical at the suggestion that we wore these shirts, but after much research and contact with various historians, I was as sure as sure could be that both were indeed worn by West Ham United FC.

"Thanks to the help of the wonderful Spartacus website - fantastically put together by KUMB’s own John Simkin - I finally found some pictures of the teams from those years which confirmed the use of the shirts in question.

Archive photographs of West Ham United FC wearing the salmon shirts

"So after a lot of effort (and a lot more time!), they’re finally here; I hope you like them."

Win a shirt!

Thanks to Bobby one lucky KUMB.com member will be wearing one of the 1902/03 replica shirts shortly; to be in with a chance of winning the shirt, please answer the following question:

Who was West Ham United FC's first ever manager?

Send your answers to competitions @ kumb.com (removing the spaces) along with your KUMB.com user name no later than midnight on Monday, 6th October. The winner will be notified by email thereafter.

If you don't want to leave your chances of grabbing one of these limited edition items to fate, you can purchase them directly from the manufacturer via eBay: 1900/01 (plain salmon) - 19002/03 (salmon with hoop)

As an added bonus, £1 from each sale will go towards the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer research.

If you have any further questions regarding the shirts (sizing, large orders etc) KUMB members may contact Bobby via PM. For reference, here is a size chart:

If you'd like to comment on the shirts, please visit the following forum thread.

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