Apparently my Google-fu is very weak as I've been Googling various iterations of this question for a while and getting no where. Also, questioning one Londoner, one near-Glaswegian, one ex-resident of Surrey, and two Aberdonians has yielded no in-person answers either.
Thus, I ask:
Why is it called strip?
The word is obviously more or less synonymous with 'kit' or 'uniform'. Looking at various dictionary type sites tells me that 'strip' can mean the uniform of a sports team...which leads me to a big, 'duh'.
However, I know why one would call the clothing worn by sports teams 'uniform'. It is 'of one appearance/shape'. I also see why one would say 'kit', although kit includes a uniform/strip as part of it, it's not directly equivalent.
But, why strip? The closest I can come to an answer is that perhaps the distinguishing part of uniforms in British football originally was a stripe/strip on the shirt. But, that's a stab in the dark.
So, to clarify. I know what 'strip' is. But, what's the background to the word?
Cheers, my dears. :)