Tiger Rags charts over a century of Hull City kits

Published: Friday 7th July 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Founded in 1904, Hull City has a long, rich and fascinating history. Fans of the club can now view this cultural heritage at the Streetlife Museum.

Tiger Rags – The Fabric of Hull City AFC is an exhibition that showcases kits worn by Hull City players over the years.

A collaboration between amateur collectors, the Hull City Supporters’ Trust (HCST) and the Streetlife Museum, a room has been dedicated to the visual identity of the Tigers. But it’s not all black and amber, as there are a few pieces of memorabilia that you may have forgotten about.


For example, it was only last October when Hull City launched a third shirt that got quite a reaction. The “cactus purple” kits didn’t bring them luck though, as they were only worn during two games, both of which were lost.

Then of course there’s the all white version, which is the club’s traditional change kit. However, in the past they’ve also had green, maroon, jade, purple, silver, blue, black and checked away shirts. Quite the wardrobe!


The exhibition is full of great bite-sized facts that may even help out at your next pub quiz. A good example is that the Tigers switched to light blue after the Second World War due to dye being expensive, but blue being easy to get from local supplier Reckitt & Sons.

Having lost their stripes from the 1940s, the Tigers returned to their former glory in the early 1960s. Still, not every redesign was a winner, such as the attempt by Palada for the 1993-94 season (below). It certainly wasn’t the most popular, instead looking like something out of Only Fools and Horses.


Tiger Rags offers great insight into decades of Hull City and how its culture evolved. Multiple kits are available to view, as well as other pieces of kit, match programmes and various mementos.

With the sponsors changing along with the kit designs, you’ll find everything from the University of Hull to Karoo emblazoned across stripy chests.


You can also spend a fair amount of time watching a projection of historical photos, which chart years of players, matches and special moments.

Whilst some may be very familiar, others have a very nostalgic feel, providing glimpses into a bygone age.



Tigers Rags runs until 2 October and is free to view. Events are due to take place too, with former players describing what wearing club colours meant to them. As for little ones, creative workshops will be held for designing new kits. Full info is available on the Hull 2017 website.

The Streetlife Museum is based in the Museums Quarter on the High Street. Opening times are Monday-Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4.30pm. Last entry is 30 mins before closing time.

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Published: Friday 7th July 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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