Historical Football Kits

 

Sky Bet Championship 2018 - 2019

efl championshipSky Bet have extended their sponsorship of the EFL until 2023-24 and as part of the deal they have agreed to fund responsible gambling sessions for first-team players and club staff at all EFL clubs starting this season. Follow-up counselling and ongoing support will be made available to players that request it. While this is in itself not an unworthy initiative, it smacks of tokenism given the massive profits being generated by online gambling businesses and their unhealthy relationship with professional football in the UK.

New sleeve patches, first seen in last season's play-off finals, have been introduced that carry the GambleAware message.

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Aston Villa

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Designer: Luke 1977

Sponsor: 32Red

Villa's new technical partner is a designer menswear company owned by lifelong supporter Luke Roper. The first strip looks like an homage to the Le Coq Sportif outfit from 1984-85 even down to the shadow stripes. The 12 lines at collar and cuffs signify the 12 original members of the Football League, the brainchild of Villa's chairman William McGregor whose stautue stands outside Villa Park, and a tiny copy is embroidered into the back of the collar. This nonsense aside, these are fine designs and a refreshing change from all the standard templates on offer.

(Patrick Weaver)

 

Birmingham City

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: 888 Sport

The latest Regista design is that basis of City's latest first kit.

(Diamond One)

 

Blackburn Rovers

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Designer: XXXX

Sponsor: XXXX

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Bolton Wanderers

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Designer: Macron

Sponsor: Betfred

Bolton narrowly avoided relegation last term. Macron again furnish their kit, which stays firmly with tradition for the first choice set. The stand up collar is a nice touch but I don't like the curious red insert in the hem of the shorts.

(Diamond One, Bryn Lunt)

 

Brentford

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Leo Vegas

Three cheers for Brentford's Jaffa Cake themed change kit. The first choice strip is in traditional colours arranged in the latest version of Adidas' stripes design, which is plain on the back.

(Nick Bruzon)

 

Bristol City

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Designer: Bristol Sport

Sponsor: Dunder

Once again City have designed their kits in-house and this season they are in matching templates. Purple and lime green are now firmly established as their go-to alternative colour scheme and features in their third kit. After sustained pressure from supporters, the robin and Clifton Suspension Bridge crest from the mid 70s has been reinstated but only on the black and white strip.

(Zachary Lewis, Mark Leech)

 

Derby County

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Designer: Umbro

Sponsor: 32Red

Derby have a perfectly good first choice kit with some neat black flashes at the collar and the latest Umbro trim on the sleeves. It's just a shame that they have fallen under the spell of an online casino as shirt sponsor. The alternative is in Evening Blue (quite nice we think) and acid lime (eeeurgh).

(Diamond One)

 

Hull City

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Designer: Umbro

Sponsor: Sport Pesa

The latest first choice shirt is not so different from last season's candy stripes. The sleeves, however, are black while the stripes are arranged in a different order and in pairs.

(Diamond One)

 

Ipswich Town

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Magical Vegas

It's always good to see Ipswich wearing white sleeves, a reminder of the colours adopted when they turned professional almost 90 years ago and won the Football League title in 1962. Personally I don't like to see red on their strips but our Ipswich correspondent is a fan. Orange was last used as an alternative colour in 2014 and proved very popular so here it is again, in the latest Condivo template.

(Kieran Bleasby)

 

Leeds United

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Designer: XXXX

Sponsor: XXXX

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Middlesbrough

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Designer: Hummel

Sponsor: 32Red

After years of standard Adidas designs (often spuriously passed off as being inspired by something from the past) it is refreshing to see 'Boro signed up with Hummel and we can expect some more original designs as a result. To kick off, the Danish company has recreated the strip they supplied to the club in the mid 80s and it seems to have gone down a storm on Teeside. The only downside is that the shirts are sponsored by an online gambling firm.

(John McAleer)

 

Millwall

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Designer: Macron

Sponsor: TW Drainage

Millwall have switched back to Macron and their latest first kit is inspired by the pinstriped tops worn 25 years ago.

(Joe Finnan)

 

Norwich City

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Designer: Errea

Sponsor: Leo Vegas

Errea's latest creation for the Canaries is a tribute to their beloved "egg & cress" top which appeared in 1992.

(Leo Howard)

 

Nottingham Forest

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Designer: XXXX

Sponsor: XXXX

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Preston North End

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Designer: Nike

Sponsor: 32Red

There is barely any change to North End's first choice strip, just a new sponsor and collar design and a subtle camo print on the shirt. Second choice is now a deeper shade of yellow while green is retained for the third strip but it looks as if this will be worn with the gold change shorts and socks. That'll save a bob or two.

(Dominic Saul, Gabriell R)

 

Queens Park Rangers

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Designer: Errea

Sponsor: Royal Panda

Ranger's latest first shirt has the customary broad hoops and red as an accent colour. The alternative is in the same design, pink and navy with white accents. The darker bands are made up of fine lines in two tones of pink.

(Diamond One)

 

Reading

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Designer: XXXX

Sponsor: XXXX

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Rotherham United

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Designer: Puma

Sponsor: Hodge Clemco, Mears

Rotherham bounced straight back into the Championship via last season's play-offs. Their new first strip is as smart as they come, as is the alternative. Blue and black stripes last appeared in 2003-04. The third strip reflects a colour scheme from 1989-90 and has had a mixed reception according to our Millers correspondent.

(Kyle Campbell, Joe L)

 

Sheffield United

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Ramsdens Currency

At first glance the Blades new first kit is rather good. The return to conventional stripes after all the variations of recent seasons is no bad thing and the V neck is a reminder of the classic 1960s look. Striped sleeves would have been nice and the green sponsor's logo is unpleasant. Turn the shirt round and, horror of horrors - it's plain white. According to Blades fans who took to Twitter this is a BAD THING.

(Matt Brownhill #nothappy)

 

Sheffield Wednesday

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Designer: Elev8

Sponsor: Chansiri

Wednesday's last two strips did not go down at all well so a return to tradition is a wise move. Note that the white stripes on the first choice shirt are narrower than the blue ones, an interesting touch. The alternative is black and grey with a unique striped pattern on the front to give the grading effect.

It turns out that Elev8 is the name of two companies registered by Wednesday's chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, last August. One makes sports clothing and the other energy drinks but don't go looking for their products in your local supermarket. It seems to be a wheeze to get exposure for Chansiri.

(Mark Wild, Dan Knight)

 

Stoke City

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Designer: Macron

Sponsor: Bet365

Stoke's supporters need cheering up after their team dropped out of the Premier League last season and these new strips should help. The first shirt is very traditonal down to the width of the stripes and having white in the centre. Blue applications provide a little extra interest. The purple alternative features a textured halved design.

 

Swansea City

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Designer: Joma

Sponsor: BetUK

Being relegated frim the Premier League is bad enough but watching your arch-rivals take your place is doubly galling. I suppose it's because their first strip is rather austere (always white with some contrasting trim, usually in black) that the Swans favour garish change strips. The new one is deep orange and grey with a complicated interference pattern graphic on the front where the colours blend. Ach-a-fi.

(Diamond One)

 

West Bromwich Albion

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Designer: Puma

Sponsor: Ideal Boilers

Albion were relegated last season in last place. Switching to a new technical sponsor sort of signifies a fresh start and they have gone for a bespoke strip that recreates an old favourite from the Seventies that is bound to be popular. For once, the latest version of Puma's form stripes do not look out of place on a striped top.

(Diamond One)

 

Wigan Athletic

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Designer: Puma

Sponsor: DW Fitness

It's Thursday so Wigan are back in the Championship after winning the League One title again. Some teams just don't want to settle down. The Latics have gone all retro with two strips based on the ones worn in 1995-98 when Dave Whelan bought the club.

(George Chilvers)