Historical Football Kits

 

Premier League 2018 - 2019

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The addition of sleeve sponsors may have helped swell club's coffers but it does nothing for the aesthetic of their shirts. And what is it about tyre manufacturers that draws them like moths to the flame? The decision by the Tourist Dept of Rwanda to sink £30 million into a sponsorship deal with Arsenal has aroused much comment. How can such a poor country afford to spend this sort of money on a wealthy club like Arsenal, even if the president is a fan?

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Arsenal

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Designer: Puma

Sponsor: Fly Emirates + Visit Rwanda

After a very average season, Arsene Wenger pre-empted the very real threat that he would be sacked after 22 years in charge by resigning in April. His decision was widely applauded and secures his legacy in Arsenal's glorious history. He is replaced by the Spanulard, Unai Emery.

Puma's new bespoke design for the first choice strip features a white yoke and intricate red/white bands on the sleeves and sock turnovers.

(Diamond One)

 

AFC Bournemouth

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Designer: Umbro

Sponsor: Mansion 88

The new change strip features shadow stripes on the shirts as well as bright coral true to add a dash of colour. Unlike last season's set, this one can be worn at Crystal Palace.

 

Brighton & Hove Albion

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Burnley

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Cardiff City

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Chelsea

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Designer: Nike

Sponsor: Yokohama Tyres + Hyundai

While the new first strip remains faithful to the classic blue/blue/white tradition, the red and white streaks on the shirt has divided opinion. Red detailing goes back to 1960 and was a regular feature in the Eighties and Nineties.

(David Niblock, Diamond One, Nik Yeomans)

 

Crystal Palace

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Designer: Puma

Sponsor: ManBetX + Dongqiudi

Puma have taken over as Palace's technical sponsor and delivered a couple of bespoke strips that proves that you don't have to take stuff straight from their catalogue. The first shirt features "fading stripes" while the alternative is an old favourite that always goes down well with the supporters.

(Matt Moor)

 

Everton

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Designer: Umbro

Sponsor: Sport Pesa + Angry Birds

Umbro's double diamond trim reappers this season in a more assertive form as trim at the cuff. Surely it's just a matter of time before we see it running down the shoulders and sleeves once again. The first shirt has subtle texture woven into the fabric, a feature that is proving popular.

(Diamond One)

 

Fulham

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Huddersfield Town

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Leicester City

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: King Power

City have changed from Puma to Adidas and are sticking with the all-blue look that they've worn in recent years. White trim will please a large section of the support while there is just a trace of gold at the collar and cuffs.

 

Liverpool

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Designer: New Balance

Sponsor: Standard Chartered + Western Union

"Shankly Red" is retained and the latest first strip reflects the current trend for subtle detailing to enhance simple design. In this case there is textured fabric for the shirt and white trim at collar and shoulder, New Balance's signature detailing this season.

(Benjamin Raynor)

 

Manchester City

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Designer: Nike

Sponsor: Etihad Airways + Nexen Tire

City broke many records in winning the Premier League last season an achievement that rested not only on their ability to outspend their rivals but also on Pep Guardiola's ability to turn good players into outstanding ones.

Their new first choice strip may be a standard Nike template but the combination of sky blue, white and navy is a classic that goes back to the club's roots. I still don't like the scratchy thing on the sleeves and shoulders though.

 

Manchester United

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Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Chevrolet

All-blue strips have a special place in United's kit history, harking back to their glorious European Cup win in 1968. This latest third strip is an attempt to draw on that legacy albeit in a very dark shade with subtle textures. It was created as part of Adidas' partnership with Parley for the Oceans and made from upcycled plastics salvaged from the sea.

(Diamond One)

 

Newcastle United

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Southampton

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Tottenham Hotspur

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Watford

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West Ham United

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Designer: Umbro

Sponsor: Betway + MRF Tyres

OK, I understand that every so often the Hammers feel the need to wear all-claret tops but I really, really don't like it. The classic look was established long before Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters made it iconic and it should be sacred. As for the alternative, I do like the dark teal and claret combination although our Hammers' correspondence hates it. But yellow socks? Really?

(Diamond One, Bobby Guy)

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers

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