1984/85

League:

Canon League Division 2 (Second Tier)

Position:

Champions

FA Cup:

Fourth Round

League Cup:

Fourth Round

Chairman:

Robert Maxwell

Manager:

Jim Smith

Top Scorer:

John Aldridge (34)

Notable Players:

John Aldridge, Gary Briggs, Kevin Brock, Billy Hamilton, Steve Hardwick, Trevor Hebberd, David Langan, Bobby MacDonald, Peter-Rhoades-Brown, Malcolm Shotton.

Badges & Logos

The shirt crest was wrapped in text commemorating the Division III championship.

The sponsors logo was now blue and applied using crude iron-on characters. However, these brand new shirts only featured for two months.

Home Kit & Away Variation

Long
sleeves

Newly promoted Oxford United made light work of Division 2, and also made history, becoming the first English club to win promotion as champions in successive seasons.

In essence, the kits remained unchained from the previous two seasons, but there were differences. The shirt crest was wrapped in text commemorating the Division III championship, plus the Spall motifs that had featured on the sleeves were now gone.

The block numbers that had featured over the previous two seasons were replaced with a more traditional football shirt number style.

1982-84
Shirt

1984
Shirt

The blue shorts now featured pinstripes and a small Spall motif.

Away Kit

Long
sleeves

The third choice kit from the 83/84 season was the template for a new all-white away kit.

This particular variation featured only once, away at Wimbledon.

Goalkeeper Jerseys

Sponsor Change

Long
sleeves

From mid-October, another Robert Maxwell business, the Sunday People newspaper became the shirt sponsor.

These shirts differed to the short-lived BPCC shirts, the sewn sans numbers were replaced with screen-printed ‘block-shadow’ numbers.

BPCC
Shirt

Sunday People
Shirt

TV Shirts

Long
sleeves

When the TV cameras were present, BPCC shirts had to be worn, as only one sponsor was permitted to feature on TV each season.

Interestingly, the relatively new shirts (with blue BPCC letters) were never worn for the TV matches. Instead, the older 1983/84 shirts with black lettering were preferred.

It seems that for the TV games, a plain goalkeeper jersey was worn. Indeed, it didn't even feature a number 1.

Match By Match

Huddersfield
Away

Hereford
Away

Portsmouth
Home

Hereford
Home

Wimbledon
Away

Fulham
Home

Wolves
Home

Grimsby
Away

Blackburn
Away

Carlisle
Home

Man City
Away

Blackburn
Home

Brighton
Home

Sheffield U
Home

Birmingham Away

Arsenal
Home

Blackburn
Home

Shrewsbury
Away

Oldham
Away

Ipswich
Away

Leeds
Home

Notts C
Away

Charlton
Home

Portsmouth
Away

Cardiff
Home

C Palace
Home

Middlesboro
Away

Shrewsbury
Away

Blackburn
Home

Carlisle
Away

C Palace
Away

Fulham
Away

Blackburn
Away

Birmingham
Home

Sheffield U
Away

Wimbledon
Home

Brighton
Away

Man City
Home

Grimsby
Home

Barnsley
Away

Cardiff
Away

Middlesboro
Home

Wolves
Away

Huddersfield
Home

Oldham
Home

Shrewsbury
Home

Leeds
Away

Notts C
Home

Charlton
Away

Barnsley
Home

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