Historical Football Kits

 

Sky Bet League Two 2017 - 2018

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The proposed expansion of the English Football League hit the rocks in November when the FA refused to move FA Cup matches to midweek, which would have freed up additional weekends for league matches. Naturally the FA see things differently and, according to a spokesperson, "Remains fully committed to working with the EFL and the Premier League to address the issue of fixture congestion."

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Accrington Stanley

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: What More UK Ltd

Under a £200,000 sponsorship deal Stanley now play at the Wham Stadium and wear this brand name on their new Adidas Squadra shirts.

(Arthur Cowburn)

 

Barnet

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Designer: Jako

Sponsor: Jako/Toshiba

It's back to plain amber shirts and black shorts this season. The club crest is embossed into the front of the shirts to give the tops some individuality.

Toshiba Medical Systems will continue to sponsor Barnet's shirts but are sorting out their new branding after being taken over by Canon. In the interim Jako's logo appears

(Matthew Wilmot, Chris Sheils)

 

Cambridge United

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Designer: Puma

Sponsor: Mick George

Cambridge have gone back to stripes which is fine, but those down the side feature Puma's latest gimmick, graded spots. No.

(Zachary Lewis)

 

Carlisle United

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Designer: Umbro

Sponsor: The Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Umbro have picked up another contract after JD Sports withdrawal but this is not one of their better efforts. The Complicated graphic on the front of the blue shirt is unattractive and the traditional red accents are reduced to near invisibility. The black alternative is brightened up with neon yellow trimmings.

(Dan MacLennan)

 

Cheltenham Town

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Designer: Errea

Sponsor: Mira Showers

Cheltenham are retaining their first choice strip while fans have been invited to choose a new change kit from a short list of three. This will also be kept for two seasons.

(Simon J Gardner)

 

Chesterfield

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Designer: Puma

Sponsor: Tomlinson

The early release of Chesterfield's new strips gave us the first glimpse of Puma's latest Striker template. The usual broad tapes down the shoulders, sleeves and shorts now have a fade effect which on closer examination turns out to be made up of small dots. Not among my favourites.

 

Colchester United

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Designer: Macron

Sponsor: Weston Homes plc (1st), Jobserve (2nd, 3rd)

I was critical of Colchester's first choice last season because of the excessive detailing so the new version is very pleasing. This is a very fine, traditional strip enhanced by a little pale gold trim at the collar and cuffs. While we are used to seeing the team wear blue shorts, white is in keeping with their original look going back to 1937. The change strip is more modern in style and colour while last season's change kit is now designated their "clash" kit.

(Jordan Knott)

 

Coventry City

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Designer: Nike

Sponsor: Allsopp & Allsopp

Coventry are in the fourth tier for the first time since 1958-59 and the future does not look good. Protests by supporters against the current owners SISU/Otium have become a regular occurence and there are fears that the club's training ground may be sold off for housing.

(Change socks to be confirmed.)

(Diamond One)

 

Crawley Town

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Designer: XXXX

Sponsor: XXXX

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Crewe Alexandra

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Designer: FBT

Sponsor: Mornflake Oats

It's time for a change and Thai sportswear company FBT have replaced Carbrini as Crewe's technical sponsor. The brief is pretty straightforward - Crewe shouldn't depart too far from their traditional red/white/red outfit (last season was the exception that proves the rule) but there should be enough detailing to make their first strip stand out. Graded irregular bands and a smart contrasting tape on the red shirt meet these requirements. The blue alternative lacks the additional detailing but is nevertheless perfectly servicable.

(Zachary Lewis)

 

Exeter City

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Designer: Joma

Sponsor: Flybe

Exeter are retaining their first and second strips and will introduce a new third choice "inspired by their long-term relationship with Flybe."

(Gary Morris)

 

Forest Green Rovers

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Designer: Puma

Sponsor: Ecotricity

History has not been kind to clubs from small communities: think of Gretna and Rushden & Diamonds, clubs that went to the wall when their wealthy owners stopped backing them. FGR's owner, Dale Vince, took over in 2010 with the intention of making the club the most ecologically sustainable in the UK so perhaps the outcome will be more positive. Visiting supporters can look forward to Vegan catering and, if plans come to fruition, a beautiful all-wood stadium in the future.

Their strips are unchanged. But really, lime green?

(Steff)

 

Grimsby Town

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Designer: Errea

Sponsor: Young's

Errea's partnership with Grimsby is now in its tenth year and the Italian company continue to produce some startling and original ideas. First choice appears to be a straightforward riff on the Mariners' traditional look but has fine diagonal lines on the black stripes. The second kit has a complex pattern and is in shades of blue and turquoise while the third kit is as audacious as it gets.

(Robert Wacey)

 

Lincoln City

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Designer: Errea

Sponsor: Bishop Grossetest University

Lincoln return to the English Football League as champions of the National League. By Errea's standards, their new first choice strip is conservative but nevertheless it's a very acceptable version of the Imps' traditional look.

(James Bride)

 

Luton Town

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Designer: Puma

Sponsor: Ssangyong

Purple is now the alternative colour of choice for the Hatters, matched with "intimidating" dark blue on the change kit (a shade more frightening than standard navy I suppose) and white/silver on the third. What I don't like is Puma's increasingly fussy detailing. The bands on the third shirt, for example, not only fade but also are printed with a cross-hatch pattern.

(Alec Hitchman, Alfie Mayfield)

 

Mansfield Town

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Designer: Surridge

Sponsor: One Call Insurance

Mansfield have a new first kit with a fade effect on the shirt, designed by an eleven-year old fan. The white kit is held over from last season.

(Saul Turner, Paul Nyland MTFC, Mike Pollitt)

 

Morecambe

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Designer: Macron

Sponsor: Purple Property Group

Macron have taken over from Carbrini, one of the JD Sports brands that has disappeared this season. The shorts and socks can be swapped around if necessary.

(James Main)

 

Newport County

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Designer: FBT

Sponsor: Mr Tom

Newport have signed up with the Thai company FBT and reverted to black shorts. The change strip is a very different design while the third choice strip simply reverses the shirts and shorts of the first kit.

(Robert Healey)

 

Notts County

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Designer: Puma

Sponsor: Click to View

Although it is a shame that County have turned to Puma after wearing some distinctive outfits in recent years, the new "home" strip is very close to the strips worn between the wars. The stripes on the back fade to grey to make the gold numbers and names more visible. There is an elaborate jacquard pattern printed into the front of the blue change shirt.

Rather than have a single shirt sponsor the club have opted to have a different sponsor each month as well as a separate one for cup games. Click on the link above for details.

(Socks to be confirmed.)

(Richard Williams)

 

Port Vale

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Designer: Errea

Sponsor: Manorshop.com

Vale normally wear black shorts but from time to time all-white is adopted, a look that first appeared in the 1960s. This version doesn't quite gel in my view.

(Richard Meir)

 

Stevenage

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Designer: Macron

Sponsor: Astute

Stevenage have worn some interesting strips and now they have partnered with Macron, they have gone one step beyond. The vertical stripes on the front of the first choice shirt are made up of fine red and white pinstripes for a completely original look.

(First choice socks not confirmed.)

(William Geddes)

 

Swindon Town

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Designer: Puma

Sponsor: Imagine Cruising

One day Swindon will shock us all by adopting a first strip that is not straight out of the catalogue. Not this season though. On the other hand the green and white change kit is a bit of a showstopper. But not in a good way.

(Diamond One)

 

Wycombe Wanderers

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Designer: O'Neills

Sponsor: Beechdean Ice Cream

Wycombe retain their strips from last season (the white one now being third choice) and will introduce a new change kit. For devilment, two extravagant goalkeepers' kits designed to distract strikers have been introduced.

(Ed Goode)

 

Yeovil Town

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Designer: Sondico

Sponsor: Jones Building Group

Yeovil have worn hooped shirts since they were promoted to the Football League fifteen years ago and each season they come up with a fresh interpretation: this one is perhaps the most original to date. The three stars above the crest have provoked much comment in the West Country. Each one represents five years spent in the Football League. Reminds me of getting gold stars for turning up at primary school.

(Zachary Lewis, George Tomlin)