09-10 Kits Review – Part 4

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wigan-h-09-10 Wigan Athletic Home Kit 09-10
After just one year with Champion Wigan have switched to lower league kit specialists Vandanel – giving the company their first ever English top flight kit. Its a straightforward design, nice and tidy, nothing too flash and certainly fair more sedate than the angular excess of the Champion kit. Gold trim tops of the outfit with the club badge placed centrally. As with many kits at the moment Vandanel sneak an extra logo on to the shoulder. The shirt also features the logo of new sponsors 188 Bet who also sponsor Bolton – the first time (I believe!) the Premier League has featured the same sponsor on two different teams since the NTL days of Aston Villa and Newcastle.


Fulham Home Kit 09-10
Nike’s third kit for Fulham sees them introduce a vastly different design to the previous two strips for the West London club. Template critics will no doubt pick up on the same design used by Arsenal and Southend Utd amongst others, but it does suit the simple black and white of Fulham. For me personally, Fulham’s Puma kits were the highpoint in recent years of the club’s kits but this shirt with the introduction of black sleeves is a breath of fresh air.

hull-h-09-10Hull City Home Kit 09-10
Hull hung on to their Premier League status by the skin of their teeth last season and 09-10 sees them in a new design from the rich canon of kits that Umbro are launching for the forthcoming season. The club seems to be alternating between amber shirts and black and amber striped shirts although this jersey does feature the most 80s of all football kit fashion; pinstripes. The shorts are standard Umbro issue and the socks feature a nice pinstripe hoop design. New sponsors totesport.com are also included on the shirt for the first time. Its an elegant looking design but reminds me too much of Umbro’s Wolverhampton Wanderers early 80s kit.

newcastle-h-09-10Newcastle United Home Kit 09-10
In all the fuss about Newcastle’s ‘challenging’ away kit everyone seems to have forgotten that the club also have a rather superb new home kit for the new season – although supporters will still find the red sleeve badges of the Coca-Cola Championship hard to take. The template is essentially the same as the away but works so well in black and white. Its also good to see some more traditional looking stripes on the Toon jersey – the first time this has occured since 2001. Despite their financial issues Northern Rock remain as sponsors. Another plus point is that once again, Newcastle will retain this kit for two seasons.

The Kit Cupboard – Ipswich Home Kit 1977–78

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ipswich-h-77-78I was sad to hear of the death of Sir Bobby Robson today and in tribute I thought I’d feature a strip connected with him in the Kit Cupboard.

Rather than the obvious Newcastle or England outfit I’ve gone back to Sir Bobby’s days at Ipswich when he took the unfancied Suffolk side to FA Cup triumph in the 1977-78 season and of course a few years later the UEFA Cup. He was with the club for 13 years in total before moving on to the England job.

This was the kit Ipswich wore in the 77-78 season and in that Cup Final against Arsenal where a single Roger Osborne goal was enough to clinch the game for the Blues. It was the first kit produced for the club by adidas after many years of strips from Umbro. The design followed the typical adidas template of the time and was worn for just one season after which, as was the case with so many clubs at the time, it was updated with a slick V-neck version.

Worn by: Mick Mills, Alan Brazil, George Burley and Paul Mariner.

Worn in: A memorable 4–0 win over local rivals Norwich City as well as, of course. the 77-78 FA Cup final.

Two new Kit Cupboard features

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I’ve just added two new Kit Cupboard features. They can be viewed at:




The Kit Cupboard – QPR Away Kit 1976–78, Third Kit 1978-81

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qpr-a-76-78QPR have been blessed with any number of cracking kits through the years – one of their most distinctive was this red and white halved adidas away outfit launched in the first year of the company’s deal with the Loftus Road club. With its contrasting sleeves and wrapover crew neck it was quite unlike any strip around in the league at the time. The black shorts and socks setting off the jersey well. Strangely, and despite what modern day replicas may have you believe, the shirt never featured a QPR badge. Even more odd was the fact that despite its apparent retirement at the end of the 77–78 season (to be replaced by the often worn and now familiar all red jersey) the kit made several re-appearances as a totally unnecessary third kit for another three years – the most recent occasion that I uncovered was against Chelsea in 80-81.

Worn in: A cracking 3–3 draw at Everton (77–78) and a 1–1 draw against West london rivals Chelsea (80–81).

Worn by: Stan Bowles, Ian Gillard and Gerry Francis.

The Kit Cupboard – Wolverhampton Wanderers Home Kit 1977–79

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wolves-h-77-79As with many kits in the 70s the Wolves Umbro home outfit during the second half of the decade went through only very subtle changes over a period of years. One variation that just missed inclusion in Volume 2 of True Colours was the home kit worn from 1977-1979 featuring the additional three elongated wolves motif across the centre of the chest. Quite why the club felt the need for an supplementary badge to accompany the simple WW logotype is unknown but its inclusion definitely gave the design a majestic lift. The kit also featured the ‘new’ double diamond Umbro logo (replacing the text version of the previous 3 seasons) and diamond trim on each sleeve and on the shorts. When the kit was updated two years later with the now familiar angular wolf’s head badge the three elongated wolves were dropped and despite the club’s relatively exclusive colour scheme the kit became just a bit more ordinary.

Worn in: Consecutive home wins against mighty Manchester United (2–1) and midlands rivals Aston Villa (3–1) towards the end of the 77–78 season. Also worn the following season in the 2–0 defeat to Arsenal in the semi-final of the FA Cup.

Worn by: George Berry, Derek Parkin and Peter Daniel.

BBC Five Live Interview

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Short notice this one I’m afraid, but I’ve just been asked for an interview on BBC Five Live this morning (Friday 24th) regarding the worst ever football kits – all tying in with the Newcastle away kit launch!

Listen this morning at about 11.20am.

New Kit Cupboard article added

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Head over to the articles section for the latest Kit Cupboard feature:


The Kit Cupboard – Manchester United Commemorative Kit 2007–08

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man-utd-c-07-08The football world is sadly littered with disasters but few have touched a club more than the Munich Air Disaster of 6th February 1958 that killed eight Manchester United players from the side known as The Busby Babes.

To mark the 50th anniversary United, who were playing local rivals Manchester City on the 9th February 2008 at Old Trafford, decided to honour and remember the dead by sporting a 1950s style home strip. Special dispensation was granted by The Premier League for the kit to be worn.

The outfit was quite frankly exquisite and looked glorious in action. Nike (who produced the kit) and AIG both gave up their branding and without club badge and sponsors and manufacturer’s logo it was plain, simple with a devastatingly elegant cut; a fitting tribute to the Busby Babes. It also gave older supporters a chance to reminisce about seeing football strips minus the commercial graphics of the modern day. The shirts also dispensed with squad names and numbers which were replaced by a good old-fashioned 1-11.

Replica versions were never produced and instead the shirts worn on the day were given to survivors of the disaster.

Manchester City also paid their own tribute with a change of kit although the Le Coq Sportif outfits they wore simply ditched the commercial logos but retained the other modern styling and detailing. It was a real shame as a Manchester derby played totally in 1950s style kit would have been great to see.

Worn in: The 2007–08 Old Trafford Manchester derby – on such an occasion the result becomes immaterial but the emotion of the day possibly caught up with Alex Ferguson’s men and they went down 2–1.

Worn by: Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.

New regular feature – The Kit Cupboard

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I’ve added a new regular feature to the site: The Kit Cupboard.

The Kit Cupboard will take a look at kits that didn’t appear in the two volumes of True Colours and will cover domestic and foreign strips, past and present. Selection will be fairly random but there will be at least 2 updates a week. Eventually they will have their own section on the site.

Take a look at the first Kit Cupboard article – http://www.truecoloursfootballkits.com/articles/the-kit-cupboard-celtic-away-kit-1996%E2%80%9398

If you have a suggestion for a kit you’d like to see in the Kit Cupboard then please let me know and I’ll do my best to include it.

The Kit Cupboard – Celtic Away Kit 1996–98

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Welcome to a new regular feature on the site: The Kit Cupboard.

The Kit Cupboard will give an airing to various random kits past and present, domestic and foreign, that have not appeared in the two volumes of True Colours. There will be at least two Kit Cupboard updates a week and eventually these will have their own section of the site.


First up, with the long anticipated release of a new “bumble bee” away kit for Celtic on the 20th July I thought it might be apt to look at the original.

This kit was worn Celtic’s away strip from 1996 to 1998 and was undoubtedly one of the more outrageous kits of its day although I don’t think it got much exposure down south. It truly was a brave design with hoops rendered in black and fluroscent yellow which was also somehow combined with a faded watermark splash effect. Asymmetrically trimmed black shorts and hooped socks complete the outfit.

As was the trend with Umbro kits in the mid 90s, the club badge was housed within an additional shield and the famous diamonds dropped from the Umbro logo.

In its second year of use (now sporting an additional large Umbro logo as sponsor following the demise of the CR Smith deal) the kit accompanied the Bhoys to a celebrated Scottish Premier League title under the helm of new boss Wim Jensen – their first title since 1987-88 – that prevented Rangers from clinching a tenth title in a row. Clearly despite its challenging appearance the kit brings back fond memories for Celtic fans who no doubt will hope that its return in 2009-10 will once again inspire the side to grab the title back from Ibrox.

Worn in: A 4–0 trouncing of Hibernian in 96–97. Also worn in a 2–1 defeat at Hibernian in the club’s first game of the 97-98 season.

Worn by: Paolo di Canio (who signed for the club in June 1996), Henrik Larsson and Jorge Cadete.

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