And our first navy and white kit wasn't until 1888 when the Football League was founded. So we do have an incredibly long legacy of having navy & white stripes!
Indeed, we've worn blue and white stripes for even longer than Notts County wore their black and white stripes.
Since 1885, there's only been 6 years where we've worn anything different (claret and blue stripes and whole blue, perhaps because striped shirts were not availible). Whereas Notts County donned their black and white stripes in 1890, and since then they've had many years of differences such as plain white shirts, a few with black and white hoops, and a strange month where they had brown and blue. Looking at it, we've been going with our colours longer than Chesterfield, Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke, and even Reading (although Reading did cheat by wearing OUR colours for the first 46 years...!)
So out of clubs older than us still in the Football League, only Nottingham Forest and Everton really have had their colours long than we have ours.
Boring? Yes. So tedious most have died? Almost definately. Still, something topical, I saw on the official site's splash page that the new kits will be released in "Summer 2011". Nothing like being vague, is there?