The original Norwich City Football Club kit comprised of pale blue and white halved shirts with collars, dark blue shorts and socks. They played in these colours during the first few years of their existence in the Norfolk & Suffolk League.
The picture above shows the kit variation that came into being between 1905 and 1907 once City had turned professional and joined the Southern League. The collars disappeared to be replaced by round laced necks, the shorts became white and the socks black. It is believed there could have been inconsistencies in the colour layout with the white and blue halves swapping sides at times (as seen in the picture) - one theory being the tops were turned inside out to save on washing !
It was in 1907-1908 season that the traditional yellow shirts came into being along with the gradual change of nickname from The Citizens to The Canaries.
[This item has been updated, having first appeared on Sing Up The River End! on the 11th of February 2010]
A few days after the second publication of the above article on Sing Up The River End! I received the following communication from City fan lappinitup with regard to the blue and white halves changing sides :
"This has a very simple explanation which comes from a long departed friend (he was born c.1900). Back in the day folks didn't have the choice of colours in the shops we have now, so to get the two colours they simply bought six white shirts and six blue, which were then cut in half and one white half and one blue half were sewn back together. Don't forget, in those days, wives and girlfriends were pretty adept with a needle and thread. This explains why half of the shirts faced one way and the other half faced the other."
Certainly an interesting story, and one I thought readers might enjoy hearing about.