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Notable kits of yesteryear

Tiverton15024 April ~ Tiverton Town won the FA Vase at the old Wembley in 1999 wearing their traditional gold and black colours, in front of a crowd of over 13,300. An estimated 10,000 travelled up from Devon to witness an 88th-minute winner against Bedlington Terriers.

Competing in the Western League at the time, "Tivvy" had won the Vase the previous season – another 1-0 win, against Tow Law Town – and are one of only a handful of clubs who have successfully defended the trophy. They had also appeared at Wembley in the 1993 Vase final, making this a fruitful period for the club. Between 1993 and 1998 they won the Western League four times and the League Cup five times, adding to their FA Vase successes. In this 1998-99 season Tiverton also came second in the league; they had ploughed all the proceeds from the Vase into developing their Ladymeads ground and consequently gained promotion to the Southern League.

Competing at a higher level the following season prevented entry to the FA Vase and a chance to defend the trophy for a third successive year, a feat only achieved by Billericay Town and Whitley Bay. Tiverton celebrated their centenary last year (2013) and wore this same shirt, having worn all yellow the previous season. They currently occupy one of the play-off slots in the Southern League's South & West Division, averaging gates of just 214. Andy Ollerenshaw

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