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Notable kits of yesteryear

canvey15023 May ~ Canvey Island had finished runners-up in the Isthmian League in the previous three seasons, but a new kit for 2003-04 brought new success to Park Lane. It was manufactured by Venom Sports, who still make the Gulls' kits. Owner and manager Jeff King's company Kings Park Homes adorned the shirt. The kit followed the club's classic yellow and blue colours but featured a shift towards a lighter shade of blue on the sleeves and collar.

Canvey steamrolled the Isthmian League in 2003-04, winning the title by 19 points with seven games to spare and gaining promotion to the Conference. They also reached the FA Cup first round proper, drawing away with Essex rivals Southend United. The replay was televised on Sky – the Gulls lost 3-2 but the tie earned them around £50,000. Steve Tilson, who was sacked as Canvey manager last week, assisted Southend's caretaker-manager David Webb for that match before becoming manager himself.

Canvey's stay in the top flight of non-League football lasted three seasons before financial problems forced them to resign from the Conference. The 2003-04 season remains the high-point in the club's history. Joseph Rutter

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