Posts Tagged ‘ Umbro ’

Manchester United Change/Third Shirts 2001/02

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Manchester United entered the 2001/02 season as the three time defending Premier League Champions but Sir Alex was already in the process of building his next team. The club added Ruud van Nistelrooy, who scored 36 goals in his first season and would go on to even bigger things the following year, Juan Sebastián Verón and Laurent Blanc with Jaap Stam leaving during the summer and Jesper Blomqvist, Denis Irwin, Ronny Johnsen, Raimond van der Gouw, Dwight Yorke, and Andy Cole gone from the club by the following season.

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Another league title was not on the cards as poor results in November and December saw the Red Devils in ninth. Results would turn around but Arsenal would eventually win the league and the Double with Manchester United finishing third behind Liverpool.

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No joy was found in the cups either as Manchester United lost to Arsenal in the Third Round of the League Cup and to Middlesbrough in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. Bayer Leverkusen knocked out Sir Alex’s men in the Semi-Finals of the Champions League on away goals.

Of note this season were two notable comebacks.

Manchester United overturned a 3-0 deficit away at Spurs in the league.

The Red Devils also rescued a Third Round FA Cup tie at Villa Park with a remarkable three goals in the final 15 minutes to advance 3-2.

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The change and third shirts for this season produced an interesting choice from kit manufacturers Umbro. Per Historical Football Kits:

United were one of the leading clubs that attracted considerable criticism for exploiting the replica kit market and in 2001, Umbro came up wih a novel response, creating the first reversible shirt. These were white on one side and metallic gold when turned inside out, so supporters had both away and third shirts in one purchase. The players had separate white and gold sets which were not reversible.

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The change shirt saw a white chest with black sleeves and panels down the torso. Narrow white trim accent the sleeve from the armpit to the cuff. The shirt used a V neck with a collar, and gold trim was used on the collar and chest. White shorts and socks were used when needed and kept the design element around the rib cage going down most of the shorts.

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Gold had not used for Manchester United’s kits previously and has not used since, with the yellow shirts of the early 70s being the closest in color. The gold change shirt was in essence a reversed out version of the white shirt, with the same collar, a narrow black band on the sleeves going all the way to the collar, and the black shorts and socks were the same as the change strip. This kit was only worn three times during the season, twice at Arsenal and for United’s away game to Olympiakos in the Champions League.

Besides the design, there are also little touches all over the shirt. Let’s start with the badge, with black replacing the red background of the standard badge and gold instead of yellow for the lettering and trim.

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Above the badge is the commemorative mark for the 100th anniversary of the name change from Newton Heath to Manchester United.

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The inside neck has another mark to celebrate 100 years along with the Umbro wordmark.

centenary-screen-printOn the front of the shirt is hologram which signifies the authenticity of the shirt, while on the back hem of the change shirt is an element that Umbro used during the early 2000s–the kit life span.

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(images courtesy of pryoboy blog)

Everything on the white side is embroidered while the gold side uses screen printing.
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While the shirt is heavy due to it being reversible, this is one of my favorites, particularly the white change shirt. The celebratory basis for the shirt is significant as well and glad I pulled the trigger on the long sleeve version all those years ago.

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John Devlin/True Colours

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John Devlin/True Colours

John Devlin, author of True Colours: Football Kits from 1980 to the Present Day, Volumes 1 and 2, came on the SoccerNomad podcast to talk kit history and design. His wealth of knowledge is remarkable and I learned a lot. After a great conversation, we finished with some listener questions.

Learn more about kits and get in touch with John.

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Sample page from True Colours

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Early kits

England 1872-1879

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Aston Villa 1878-1879

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Woolwich Arsenal 1894-1899

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(images courtesy of Historical Football Kits)

Sample jersey styles from Picking Up the Threads

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Kit Design Elements

Tramline kit

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Jacquard

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Sublimated dye

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Collar Styles

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50 Greatest Football Shirts Ever

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Design Football Podcast–Manchester United kits

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Design Football podcast–Manchester United 2016-17 Kit Special

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Jay from the Design Football blog invited me on the Design Football podcast to talk about the 16/17 Manchester United kits. We had a great conversation about United kits past and present. Check out the pod and Manchester United fantasy kits.

SoccerNomad Podcast: EPL 16/17 Kit Preview

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EPL 16/17 Kit Preview

JR Francis (@paynomind) returned to the SoccerNomad podcast to look at the kits for the upcoming EPL season. After we both rant about the Manchester teams, we gave comments on the rest of the league and picked our top 5. Plus there’s some news and notes on the manufacturers.

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SoccerNomad Podcast: Chris Oakley

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Chris Oakley

Chris Oakley came on the SoccerNomad podcast to talk kit design and West Ham United. Chris was one of the creators and contributors of the fabulous Football Attic blog, which can be found at www.thefootballattic.com. Check out his other projects at Kitbliss, Beyond the Last Man and his alternakits at the twohundredpercent website.

Additional Resources:

  • Chris’ video blog at the Football Attic with some of the kits he has owned over the years.
  • The Football Attic podcast on badges.
  • Check out Historical Football Kits for a good look at West Ham home shirts through the years.

Follow Chris and his projects on twitter

Some of the shirts we referenced:

Favorite of Chris’ alternakits:

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Goal from Paolo Di Canio against Wimbeldon from 99/00 season.

Here are some of the West Ham shirts we discussed:

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Away Shirt 2016/17

We also discussed the West Ham badge redesign:

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SoccerNomad Podcast: Summer Tournament Kits

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Summer Tournament Kits

Fellow #KitNerd JR Francis (@paynomind) came on the SoccerNomad podcast to talk about kits for the upcoming tournaments this summer–Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016. We didn’t discuss all 80+ kits but discussed some general trends, mentioned some of our best/worst and had a passionate discussion about the future of US kits.

For more information, check out these podcasts and posts.

Below are images of the some shirts we discussed:

Uruguay home/away

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Ecuador away

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Jamaica away

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Germany away

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Portugal away

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Belguim/Portugal friendly

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Albania set

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Hungary home

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Wales home/away

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Belguim away

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Mexico home

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Argentina away

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England home

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Croatia

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USA home/Dorothyusa-2016-copa-america-home-kit-4 Dorothy - Inspiration

USA away/Cop Car

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Chelsea Change Shirts-Premier League Era

My typical modus operandi is to spout off without information or consideration, and I have always claimed that Arsenal and Chelsea have had the ugliest change shirts in the Premier League era. In the last two decades, the two London teams have been United’s biggest rivals for hardware, so I have had a keen interest in their sporting and fashion performance. With all that said, I decided to look at each team’s away kit collection and make an informed, well-reasoned claim to their kit ugliness.

In looking at Chelsea’s away kits through the years, one thing stood out to me—the use of red shirts during 70’s and 80’s as red is not a color I would associate with the Blues at all. Definitely going to tuck that little tidbit away for future research.

As for the Premier League shirts, honorable mention for the worst strip goes to . . .

2010-11 Away

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I affectionately mock this one as the Halloween kit. I have no idea what adidas and the club were going for. The black away strips have been hit and miss over the years and this one is the worst of that group.

2010-11 Third

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Double whammy that season as this third shirt may have been a call back to the away kit from the late 80’s but hard to believe men had to wear this shade of green.

2012-13 Third

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Robot bumble bees ahoy!!

THE WORST

1994-96 Away

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I really don’t even know where to start. Grey and orange and blue? Crazy colored crest? Coors? This is just awful beyond words and deserves some sort of retroactive punishment.

28-JAN-95 .... Soccer .... Dennis Wise, Chelsea

1996-98 Away

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Things didn’t any better for the club the following season. The Historical Kits mock up does not do this one justice. Even though I didn’t know much about soccer at the time, I knew this was ugly and cannot believe how many people had to say yes to get this produced.

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1991-93 Away

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Really don’t like the yellow but the color has been used by the club through the years, so what you are you going to do? Turns out this was a template jersey and Everton wore the exact some hot mess. This jersey screams 90’s!!

Classic Kit 1991 (away) - Paul Elliott

After going through their Premier League change kits I have to admit they aren’t that bad. Early 90’s kit design was bad and unfortunately Chelsea’s were really bad, and I just think the bad ones are so bad they wipe everything else. The club has some real horror shows from the 70’s and 80’s and a future post may have to deal with those.

Chelsea fans, how do you defend your club? Those with anti-Blues bias, what did I miss? Let me know in the comments below.

Special thanks to Historical Kits for the images.

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