Like it or not, and whatever division your team is in, it’s all about looking the part, as well as playing the game, on the football [ and Rugby ] field these days and ofcourse club’s can make thousands of much needed extra pounds from kit sales…
Since the likes of Admiral and Umbro turned British football shirts into a fashion item in the 1970’s having a decent home or away kit has been important to teams north and south of the border… Here’s out Top 10 picks for the 2016/17 season..
1. Everton [Home]
A classic kit and simply stylish given a new twist and there’s even a hint of a 1960’s collar on this season’s design… Blue or red is the colour , depending on which side of the Merseyside divide you are on, and for us Everton outshine their local rivals in the kit department this campaign…
2. Motherwell [ Away ]
In Lanarkshire they have the classic Diamond shirt which is now being made by Under Armour [ Airdrie replacing Spurs as the kit maker’s top football team ] , Hamilton’s hoops and the red and yellow of the Wee Rovers.. but here is Motherwell’s Away effort for the new season.. Different and possibly a big seller amongst Fir Park regulars.
There’s a touch of the Levi’s about it but it is a neat change kit that still manages to incorporate the original claret and amber best known in connection with the ‘well.
3. Dunfermline Ath [ Away ]
The Pars have picked their variation on the famous black and white stripes for this season and it’s good to see the Fifers back in the second tier with big crowds and another decent kit for our Top 10 strips of the 2016/17 season. We like their away kit this season which has a continental feel to it.
Pars Home and Away for 2016/17
4. Hibs [ Home ]
A 1950’s retro style for the capital side this term and a more familiar look after a couple of recent designs that well..just didn’t make Hibs look like Hibs !
Hibs Home and Away for 2016/17
5. Nottingham Forest [ Home ]
Great badge and a new kit for the former European Cup winners, now of the English Championship, we wonder what Cloughie might have said..
The new Forest kit by Adidas ready for their club shop…
6. Kilmarnock [Home]
A controversial design this season some might say for Killie where familiar stripes meet an all blue kit of the early 1970’s. We still think it will sell down Ayrshire way..
Keep your hair on Kris it’s only a new Killie home kit..
7. Edinburgh Rugby [Home and Away]
Why should the fitba’ guys have all the fun? The oval ball boys like to look good these days too!
The 2016-17 Edinburgh Rugby squad were on show in the Grassmarket to reveal their home and alternate Macron playing kits for the 2016/17 season.
The team will don the new kits in this season’s Guinness PRO12 and European Rugby Challenge Cup campaigns.
The home jersey is black in the main, with a chainmail design present in v-shaped stripes on the body of the garment. Red is visible in flashes on the sleeves and the underarm areas, as well as on the underside of the traditional polo shirt collar.
The alternate kit has re-adopted red as the main colour, with subtle stripes running horizontally across the body, and hints of black present on the sleeves, flanks and collar.
8. Partick Thistle [Home]
The continental style Jags shirt looks pretty good giving them the look of a Dutch team that has landed in Glasgow for a European tie..Nice.. [ well..would you argue with Kingsley? ]
Galatasaray, Feyenoord or the Jags? You decide..
9. Scotland Rugby
Italians Macron bring some style to the Scotland dark blue rugby shirt for the new season..A retro look with a hint of tartan inside the collar.. we like it.
10. West Ham [ Home ]
Out of Upton Park and into the Olympic Stadium but the East End of London’s finest go with a familiar look to their home kit this season.. The claret and blue of West Ham and Villa always look good together and the Hammers get our No.10 slot in this survey…
11. Leicester City [ 3rd Kit ]
The Foxes surprised the world with their Premier League triumph in May 2016 but can they do it again?
All Blue for the first kit and all red for the second kit is the straightforward choice for City this season and a third kit of all white with a touch of 1980’s pin stripe will probably be used v Palace, Burnley and West Ham away and maybe Barca if City progress in Europe.
12. Inverness CT [Home ]
There is a touch of Barca meets Crystal Palace about ICT’s new season kit. The longer shorts were either designed for Highland winters or the 90’s are back!
13. Bournemouth [ Home ]
The AC Milan look hits the south coast of England but stripes were usually the kit of choice for a team that has come far since the days when they hung about the old English Third Division. The Cherries look the part for their Premier League campaign.
14. Stoke City [ Away ]
It looks like Man City but it is infact the kit Stoke will wear at the likes of Sunderland, Southampton, Man U and West Ham. Red and white stripes is the Stoke home kit but this is a decent combo for away days that clash.
15. Brighton [ Home ]
Old school excellence from the English Championship team. As the shirt / stadium sponsor might say ” That’ll do nicely! ”
16. Alloa Athletic [ Home ]
The Wasps do their 2016/17 version of the famous hooped shirt [ in Alloa and Clackmannanshire anyway ] as they try to bounce straight back after relegation from the Scottish Championship last season. Stay on your feet lads!
17. Spurs [ Home ]
Tottenham released their five new kits for the 2016/17 season in early July via a Facebook Live session.
Made by Under Armour, their kit sponsor since 2011, the home strip brings no surprises, while the away kit sees a return to their navy blue and gold trim.
The third kit is all gold, while the home goalkeeper strip is described as “capri blue” and the away goalkeeper strip as “burnt orange”. We think a Spurs mostly white shirt is a return to form.
18. Falkirk [ Home ]
The Bairns have released decent home and away kits this season but the Dark Blue ‘ PSG ‘ look does it for us.
19. Hull City [ Home ]
Remember if you want to get on with HCFC fans it’s Hull City NOT Hull Tigers. The owners obsession with a name change goes on but it’s a nice kit from them this season.
20.QPR [ Home ]
Thicker hoops make the QPR first kit more like the kit we remember in the halcyon days of Gerry Francis and QPR finishing second in the old English First Division. It’s a return to form for the London club in the kit department but as you can see you’ll need deep pockets if you want ALL the QPR kits this season!
The jury remains out on that Scotland pink Away kit… Maybe it would make a Top 10 worst kits list ! Never mind a terrible 10..we have a Dirty Dozen!
Past and present kit disasters….
1. Norwich City 2016/17 [ Third Kit ]
City are known as the Canaries and it looks like this shirt has been at the bottom of the bird cage too long.. either that or the designer also made your Gran’s curtains !
2. Dundee [ South Africa tour of 1953 shirt ]
” You’ve take that too far pal ” is the phrase that springs to mind as Dundee ditch their traditional Dark Blue in an attempt to get ex-pat support on their tour of South Africa in the 1950’s.. Surely a Dundonian accent and coming from the city that invented the Broons and Oor Wullie makes you Scottish enough!
3. Clydebank FC.. early 1990’s [Home]
A couple of seasons before local band Wet Wet Wet sponsored the then Scottish League club somebody who might have been a bit high high high came up with this shirt either that or the local primary 1 class got to it with crayons..
4. Scotland Away [ late 1990’s ]
This was the first of our occasional pink shirts which is meant to be a homage to Lord Roseberry who gave the Scottish National team a lot of money and allowed us to play in his racing colours of salmon pink and yellow in the early years of international football. We did manage to beat the Germans in Germany wearing this shirt in 1999 but maybe the home team couldn’t play for laughing at the time!
5. Scotland Away [ mid 1990’s ]
Another Umbro experiment which somehow managed to trump their suspender belt Scotland shorts of the 1986 World Cup and our shortbread tin look of Euro 96. Is the design meant to represent the Scottish weather forecast [ more thunder storms moving in from the west ] or is it a homage to our glorious hills and mountains? Trainspotting was out at the time we wore this kit but if Renton was telling us to ” choose life ” at the time it is doubtful he was telling us to choose this shirt for anything but a duster!
6. Scotland [ Euro 2016 Qualifiers ] Away
Sorry.. but it’s Scotland again and another part pink jobby which might have been a McDonald’s staff uniform for all points north of Gretna!
7. England [ Euro 2016 ]
It was dubbed ” England’s fastest kit ” with its figure hugging dimensions and light material but it is without doubt the worst England kit in Three Lions history. Not to be sold in branches of Iceland!
8.Cowdenbeath Away [ 1991-93 ]
Jimmy Greaves wore this shirt on ITV Saturday football preview show Saint and Greavsie at the time as a joke and it isn’t so much the Blue Brazil as the Auntie’s Quilt of football kits. It’s advertising Central Park’s other sport of Stock Car Racing on the front ,as if it needed it, with crowds in four figures for the motor sport while Cowden struggled on home attendances of 500.
9. Southampton Home [ 1990’s ]
Made by a company called Pony it is more a Dog’s Breakfast as the famous Saints stripes get interrupted by the Pony logo at the top of the shirt and a collar that is more Disco than The Dell where Saints played their home games at the time.
10. Cardiff City [ changing from blue to red ]
Luckily owner Vincent Tan saw sense and changed the home kit back to blue after saying red was a lucky colour in Malaysia and should be the first choice for the famous Welsh team [ nicknamed the Bluebirds ]. The kit wasn’t helped by a middle aged man wearing it on top of a dress shirt or a sweatshirt at home games. It’s unlikely to be worn on holiday by Malky McKay as leisure wear and certainly a toxic garment for anyone interested in Welsh clubs doing well in the English Football League.
11. Scunthorpe Utd [ early 1990’s ]
The only pleasure provided by this shirt would be taking it off! Looking like Ceefax on the blink this one made Scunny a scunner!
12. Scotland [ AWAY ] 1991
Scotland get the final word with this 1991 ‘ Away ye go ‘ effort which was maybe meant to be white until a painter at the Umbro offices dropped his paint tin on the design table and somebody said ” Just leave it.. we have to be at Hampden in a couple of hours.. too late to change it back now ! ” It’s only redeeming feature is this was from a time when we still qualified for tournaments and despite this monstrosity we made the Euro 92 finals and a game against World Champions Germany.
And finally….some classics.
1. Brazil [ 1970 ]
Brazil originally played in all white but were so sickened by their defeat in the white kit by Uruguay at home in the 1950 World Cup final they had a nationwide competition amongst the population to design a new shirt for a new era. The winner was this fantastic combination of the colours of the Brazilian flag which maybe looked at its best amongst Brazil’s greatest ever team.
2. Real Madrid [ anytime ]
In whatever era you choose the all white of Real Madrid is always a simple design that works.. Few wore it better than Beckham… and there’s some decent Real ‘ Away ‘ kits here too..
3. Ajax [ anytime ] and the All Blacks [ equal 3rd ]
The 1970’s was the Dutch decade with Ajax winning the European Cup three times, Feyenoord claiming it once and Holland making it to the World Cup final in 1974 and 1978. The iconic kit of the Amsterdam giants first captured the UK’s imagination when they beat Panathnaikos 2-0 at Wembley to claim their first European Cup triumph with the number 14 shirt belonging to the man, the legend, the late Johan Cruyff.
Few international teams are so recognised they are known by the colours of their strip but that is the case for New Zealand’s international rugby side.. The famous All Blacks.
4. Dundee Utd and Barcelona 1980’s [ equal 4th ]
United changed from a black and white kit they had had since the 1920’s in 1969 to tangerine and black because it proved popular with players when it was worn on pre-season tours of the USA [ to attract Americans to games United would wear a more colourful kit and, believe it or not, change their name to Dallas Tornado ]
The tangerine and black kit is now one of the most recognised kits in Scottish football but it was never more known across Europe when United beat mighty Barca’s red and blue stripes [ Gary Lineker and Mark Hughes up front for the Spanish giants ] in the UEFA Cup in 1987 [ home and away ]
5. Dundee [ 1977-80 ]
The other side of the City of Discovery divide also had one of the best kits in Scottish football when Admiral kits were much sought after by schoolboys across the UK. England, Leeds, Man U, West Ham, Spurs, Leicester City, Aberdeen and Motherwell all sported Admiral design in the 1970’s and this famous ‘ hour glass ‘ design was also worn by Wales and Coventry City but never better than by this Dundee team on the rampage at Arbroath in the cup with Gordon Strachan conducting the Dark Blue orchestra
Celtic and Rangers [ equal 6th ]
Parkhead’s green and white hoops and the blue and white strips of Ibrox, in whatever design, are known worldwide so make our list as the most famous strips in Scottish football. Here’s some 1995 vintage with the bhoys in Umbro and the Gers in Adidas.
7.Iceland [ Euro 2016 ]
A modern classic by errea that will be known forever in connection with the Icelandic chant, a crazy commentator and that win v England.
8.Queens Park [ Home ]
The strips have changed over the years but it has been more or less the same hoops since 1867. Scotland’s oldest football team may play in the wide open spaces of Hampden but they will forever be the amateurs of Queens Park.
9. Argentina [ football and rugby ]
Those colours [ whether they be the hoops of rugby or the stripes of football ] go well together.
10.Scotland [ home ] 1976-80
Umbro finally got the SFA into the plus points of selling replica kits a couple of years before our ill fated World Cup trip to Argentina and few Scotland kits are better than the first experiment with Umbro Diamonds from the days when Scotland had Jordan up front and King Kenny ruled.. Those were indeed the days! Let’s save the best to last.