Blackpool 2010-11 Kits

Posted by John Devlin

blackpool-h-10-11Blackpool’s first ever season in the Premier League sees the side turning out in good, solid home and away outfits. Nothing stunning – simply practical, sturdy kits that do the job. To be honest the move on from last season’s strips (which incidentally at the time were marketed as 2009-11 outfits) is very slight and I’m guessing the club decided to refresh the design when new sponsors wonga.com were announced, but didn’t want to reinvent the kit for this milestone season. The home shirt is of course the traditional tangerine with a neat white neck and large Carbrini logos on each sleeve. Discrete flashes of white are disguised inbetween slight flaps of fabric on each shoulder and down the front of the shirt. A similar trim continues on the shorts.

blackpool-a-10-11The away kit is simply a reversal of the home (a strategy I applaud!) allowing for mix and match outfits of all tangerine or all white when necessary.

Given the lack of sides that wear orange or yellow in the top flight is a third kit really necessary? Still, everyone else is doing it so why shouldn’t Blackpool? For me the two tone blue striped kit is the pick of the bunch. The shades work well together and the tangerine trim on the shorts and socks really sets off the whole design.

blackpool-3-10-11My only criticism relates to the lack of equivalent tangerine trim on the shirt which gives the whole kit a slightly unbalanced colour scheme. Perhaps the presence of the wonga.com logo in a very bold but unfamiliar and un-corporate pink was deemed to have clashed with any additional tangerine. It may have been a better solution to switch the wonga logo to Blackpool’s traditional colour. Interestingly, also from a corporate branding consistency point of view, the Carbrini logo appears in different colours on the shirt, short and socks. Odd when you consider its sits on navy blue in all three occasions.


21 Responses to “Blackpool 2010-11 Kits”

  1. Alexander Perkin Says:

    Love all three and love Blackpool.

    The 3rd was used at stoke today.

    Keep the 10/11 kits going John

  2. Tim Says:

    A bit cheap and nasty looking for me. Awful sponsors and Carbrini logos all over the place don’t help matters either. Blackpool have unique colours, it’s a shame to see them in such poor kits.

    I do like it when clubs simply reverse home kit colours for away kits though. Shame about the details.

  3. John Devlin Says:

    Thanks chaps – Tim, I have mixed feelings about the extra logos. I’m torn between liking the extra embellishments but then not liking that in addition to the PL sleeve patches, numbers etc the shirt begins to look crowded. I think a plain shirt can take the extra logos but not a shirt with any other trim.

    More I think about these kits though the more I think that as a “set” they are nearly perfect. Home in traditional colours, away in reversal of traditional colours and an interesting third, that provides a good alternative to the home and away, and is STILL in Blackpool traditional historical colours.

  4. Neil Says:

    Don’t like the Carbrini logos on the shoulders! Not as bad as the way Reebok have done it on the Bolton kits, but not good either!

  5. Denis Hurley Says:

    Would all-orange not have sufficed away to Stoke yesterday, as teams who play in claret often don’t change when playing teams with red and white stripes (excepting West Ham at Sunderland last week)? I suppose the fact that the back of Stoke’s kit is all red means all-orange would have been too close.

  6. Mark Jessop Says:

    The Wonga Logos ruin otherwise solid kits for me.

    I agree that the third kit would benefit from some tangerine trim or piping just to give it the feel of a Blackpool kit.

  7. Andrew Rockall Says:

    As Carbrini are a new supplier, in the Premier League that is, I was wondering how many different Kit Manufacturers there have been across the 44 clubs since, Sky would have us think, football began in 92/93?

  8. ciaran Says:

    #7 – Not sure on this but Chelsea i reckon have only had 2 – umbro and adidas.Man u have had umbro and nike(which you could class as one now).Liverpool 2 – (adidas and reebok – again you could class as one).

    Not sure of the rest.any excuse not to talk about these jerseys really.

  9. Adam Says:

    I like the home and away kits, as you say, they are good solid strips. The third kit, however, does nothing for me. It just looks so out of place – the sort of thing you’d expect to see a Sunday League team trotting out in…

    I’m sure most of you will disagree, but I think an all-black with orange trim in the same design as the home and away kits would have been a better choice.

    Excellent illustrations, as usual, John.

    By the way, I was watching the Tottenham-Chelsea game on TV at the weekend. Did anyone else think that Chelsea’s blue change socks weren’t the same blue as the shirts and shorts?

  10. Tim Says:

    Andrew, after spending a good amount of time working this out, I reckon I have the answer. Here’s a list of all the different kit makers who have graced the Premier League since it’s inception (listed by the season they made their debut):

    1992/93:

    Umbro
    Ribero
    Asics
    Clubhouse
    Adidas
    Admiral
    Bukta

    1993/94:

    Puma
    Mitre
    Pony
    Loki

    1994/95:

    Wimbledon (own brand)
    Nike
    Nutmeg
    Fox Leisure

    1995/96

    Reebok
    Errea
    Core
    View From

    1996/97:

    Lotto
    Le Coq Sportif
    Avec

    1997/98:

    Uhlsport

    1999/2000:

    Fila
    Coventry City (own brand)
    Saints (Southampton own brand)

    2000/01:

    Punch
    Diadora

    2001/02:

    Kappa

    2002/03:

    The Baggies (West Brom own brand)

    2003/04:

    Joma
    Pompey Sport (Portsmouth own brand)

    2004/05:

    Hummel
    Lonsdale
    Xara

    2005/06:

    JJB
    Jako

    2006/07:

    Airness

    2007/08:

    Canterbury

    2008/09:

    Champion

    2009/10:

    Vandanel

    2010/11:

    Carbrini
    Macron
    Mi Fit
    Burrda

    Total: 45 different brands.

  11. Mark Jessop Says:

    Tim thats fantastic, I went to bed last night 3 seasons into working it out only to log on this morning to find someones done it. Much appreciated.

  12. John Devlin Says:

    Nice work Tim!! Thanks very much. I’m planning a series of small features on some of these smaller brands – starting with Burrda (whose kits I really like) and older brand Matchwinner who I believe (but am not 100% sure) have only ever graced the top flight with Notts County.

  13. Macca Says:

    Punch was Ipswich Towns own brand

  14. Rich Johnson Says:

    Wow! Nice one Tim…top work! Quite a few there I’d never heard of…Clubhouse? Loki?

  15. Rich Johnson Says:

    Have to say I also like Burrda’s kits, though I do think their logo looks somewhat like torn toilet paper…

  16. Tim Says:

    Clubhouse made QPR’s kits and Loki made Swindon Town’s.

  17. ciaran Says:

    Could I be so bold on mention that xtep (birmingham) was left out of the list.

  18. Andrew Rockall Says:

    Notts County were deffo pre Premier League, they were relegated along with West Ham and Luton in may 1992 just before the big bang!

  19. Denis Hurley Says:

    But John said top flight Andrew ;)

  20. Tim Says:

    ciaran: You are right. I actually made a list of every final league table with each club’s manufacturer beside them and then made the list I posted from that. I somehow left out xtep from the last list though. So (as long as I made no other errors), that’s 46 different manufacturers so far.

    I also forgot to list Fox Leisure as Leicester City’s own brand.

  21. Michele Foley Says:

    Notts County were deffo pre Premier League, they were relegated along with West Ham and Luton in may 1992 just before the big bang!

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