Historical Football Kits

 

Sky Bet Championship 2017 - 2018

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Aston Villa

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Designer: Under Armour

Sponsor: Unibet

Under Armour have produced a couple of crackers for Villa. The claret and blue shirt is traditional but with the addition of little lions rampaging across it. There's a neat collar with "Pride, Passion, Purpose" printed into the back of the neck along with some little yellow lions. The black change strip features a horizontal chest band with a random checkered pattern. The only thing I don't like is that yet another online betting company is sponsoring the shirts.

(Diamond One, George Pannell)

 

Barnsley

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Designer: Puma

Sponsor: CK Beckett

Barnsley's new shirts have Puma's latest "ascension stripe" as a motif down the sides of the torso. Twenty years ago the team were in the Premier League and wore white shirts trimmed in bottle green as a change strip. Hence the marketing strap-line, "Inspired by Our Past" for the new set.

(Diamond One)

 

Birmingham City

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: 888 Sport

Adidas' Tiro design makes for smart, if uninspiring, strips. A bit "meh" according to our correspondent.

(Harry Meadows)

 

Bolton Wanderers

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Designer: Macron

Sponsor: Betfred

Bolton were promoted last season and are wearing new kits modelled on the Reebok outfits from twenty years ago when they left Burnden Park. The pale blue third kit is retained from last season.

(1st 2nd Socks to be confirmed)

(Diamond One, Alexander Perkin)

 

Brentford

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Leo Vegas

Brentford have introduced a smart new badge featuring a bee and have updated their first strip to the latest Adidas version which seems to have gone down well with the fans. The change kit in green and white is something of a departure. The black change strip from last season is recycled as the new third choice.

(Nick Bruzon)

 

Bristol City

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Designer: Bristol Sport

Sponsor: Lancer Scott

Purple, lime green and white for change strips is becoming something of a fixture and goes back 25 years. The new version is modelled on the 1992-93 original. White shorts are reinstated for the first choice kit.

(Euan Slatter, Diamond One, Robert Healey)

 

Burton Albion

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Designer: Tag

Sponsor: Tempobet

Burton are keeping their change kit for another season.

(Dan Bower)

 

Cardiff City

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Visit Malaysia

Adidas' standard strips are smart if dull but I confess I like the Bluebirds' new first strip. The navy trim against mid-blue works really well. The change strip (solar green no less) marks a minor revolution as it's the first time since Vincent Tan took over the club that red has not featured in the first or second strip. No doubt this will be corrected when a superfluous third strip is introduced.

(William Geddes)

 

Derby County

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Designer: Umbro

Sponsor: Avon Tyres

There are Umbro diamonds printed into the sleeves and shorts seams. Apart from the new sponsor, there is not much else to distinguish the new first strip from last season's. Smart enough. For the change strip Umbro have used bright yellow and two shades of blue. The tapes on the shoulders and shorts are an alternative interpretation of the "running diamond" motif.

(Szin Fletcher)

 

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Sponsor: XXXX

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Hull City

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Designer: Umbro

Sponsor: Sport Pesa

Hull are going up and down like the proverbial fiddler's elbow and this season grace the Championship again. The candy stripes on the new first shirt resemble the 1963-64 tops but those didn't have diagonal stripes on the sleeves. Whatever will they think of next, the little rascals.

(Diamond One)

 

Ipswich Town

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Marcus Evans

Pretty standard fare here. There are sublimated hoops on the first shirt while the change kit is the new Tiro design.

(Kieran Bleasby)

 

Leeds United

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Designer: Kappa

Sponsor: 32Red

Kappa's Kombat Skin range makes a reappearance. Skin tight and manufactured without seams, these are designed to make shirt-pulling impossible. Svelte supporters can buy the Body Fit version: the rest of us can order the more relaxed replica version.

(Martin Hart)

 

Middlesbrough

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Ramsdens Currency

Yay! Adidas have introduced a new template with a broad band on the chest offering 'Boro the chance to recreate one of their best ever strips without the hassle of commissioning a bespoke kit from another supplier. The change kit is a reversed version in white and navy. Note that the three-stripe trim is placed across the shoulders on this version.

(Zachary Lewis, John McAleer)

 

Millwall

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Designer: Errea

Sponsor: DCS Roofing Contractors

Millwall's achievement in winning promotion was overshadowed by the murky dealings of Lewisham Council whose attempts to compulsorily purchase the club's land and sell it to a shadowy developer threaten the existence of the club in the view of officials and supporters. An independent enquiry has now been convened to look into the affair.

(Joe Finnan)

 

Norwich City

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Designer: Errea

Sponsor: Leo Vegas

Now this is a bit cheeky. Errea have taken a favourite from the 1970s made by Admiral and stuck their own labels on the sleeve trim. The change shirt has fine horizontal stripes in grey tones.

(Stuart English, Zak Nelson)

 

Nottingham Forest

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: 888 Sport

Forest clung on to their Championship status by the skin of their teeth, having a slightly better goal difference than Blackburn who went down. Their new first choice outfit resembles the classic Adidas strips of the Brian Clough era but with silver pinstripes.

 

Preston North End

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Sponsor: XXXX

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Queens Park Rangers

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Designer: Errea

Sponsor: Royal Panda

Rangers could do no better than turn to Errea after ending their contract with Dryworld early. The Italian company have a flair for design which shines through in this outstanding set. The first strip is true to the club's cherished broad hoops and is executed in different colour combinations for the alternatives. Truly excellent.

(Diamond One)

 

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Designer: XXXX

Sponsor: XXXX

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Sheffield United

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Teletext Holidays

The Blades won League One last season and supporters can look forward to regular matches with Wednesday once again. Usually teams in stripes kitted out by Adidas are limited to variations on their standard templates but this season the German giant has come up with some bespoke versions. United's refers to the iconic shirts designed by Admiral in the late 1970s.

(Szin Fletcher)

 

Sheffield Wednesday

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Designer: Own Brand

Sponsor: Chansiri

Wednesday are 150 years old this year and we can expect some special bespoke kits dproduced in-house to mark the occasion. First to be released is an elegant third strip designed by a supporter, Karl Nuttall. The first choice strip will be based on the iconic outfit adopted in the mid Sixties.

(Leo Howard)

 

Sunderland

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Dafabet

Following a decade in the top flight, Sunderland have to start again in the Championship after an abject 2016-17 season. The narrow stripes on the shirt have an unfamiliar look but they are rather growing on me and I'm pleased to see the gold accents gone - a fourth colour was a bit too much.

(Diamond One)

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Designer: Puma

Sponsor: The Money Shop

Wolves have simply updated their first strip to the latest Puma design and introduced a black alternative, which has a fading vertical stripe down the left side of the shirt.

(Diamond One, Nik Yeomans, Anthony Benton)