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The story behind the Maroon jersey

Canterbury have played in predominantly blue and white strip since the club entered the league in 1935, but during the Second World War, the team wore maroon jerseys.

If you have ever wondered why the club wore a maroon jersey with a blue ‘V”, it’s because during WWII it became very expensive to make striped jerseys due to the rationing of material and certain dyes becoming harder to obtain.

The 1943 - 1945 playing kit.
The 1943 - 1945 playing kit.

The club’s committee selected a long sleeve maroon jersey and secured white shorts, a uniform they said “would appeal”. The socks were predominantly maroon with the upper part being white. The shorts remained quite long while the boots worn were high up on the ankle with a much more predominant tongue.

They would wear the design for three years, 1943 – 1945 and none of the years were successful. Club officials were happy to see a return in 1946 to their old colours, blue and white, pointing out that the change to the temporary design brought them nothing but “bad luck”.