Kit Tracking – The season so far

When the third kit makes its first match appearance at Bristol City on 21st November, City will have worn 6 different ‘looks’, or kit combinations in 2015/16.

There are 13 possible combinations, presuming the third kit will never have parts mixed and matched with elements of the home and away kits given the colours (‘blueprint and scuba’, cuh!) and that it has no alternate shorts. The home and away kits on the other hand are very much interchangeable, we’ve already seen three ‘mash-ups’ in addition to the standard home (amber shirts, black shorts, amber socks) and away (white shirts, shorts and socks) looks to date this season.

With the two shirt styles, three sets of shorts styles and two sock types, it’s possible to wring 12 combinations out of the home and away kits. Some might be quite interesting, white shirts, amber shorts and white socks for example, some much less so, amber shirts, black shorts and white socks would look rather daft (as it did at Millwall in 2010/11).

Focusing just on the five combinations that we’ve already seen so far this season, let’s keep track of them…

 

Primary kit 

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Worn 13 times: v Huddersfield Town, at Accrington Stanley, v Fulham, v Rochdale, v Preston North End, at Brighton & Hove Albion, v Queens Park Rangers, v Swansea City, v Blackburn Rovers, v Ipswich Town, v Birmingham City, v Leicester City, at MK Dongs.

 

Home kit with alternate shorts 

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Worn 2 times: at Sheffield Wednesday, at Brentford.

 

Change kit

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Worn 2 times: at Wolverhampton Wanderers, at Cardiff City.

 

Alternate change kit 1

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Worn 1 time: at Charlton Athletic.

 

Alternate change kit 2

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Worn 1 time: at Nottingham Forest.
 
Here’s a full breakdown including keeper kits…

 

Fixture Kit
Championship  Sa 8th Aug 2015
City 2 Huddersfield 0
 Home kit, Green keeper kit.
League Cup R1  Tu 11th Aug 2015
Accrington 2 City 2 (AET & Pens. W4-3)
Home kit, Blue keeper kit.
Championship Su 16th Aug 2015
Wolves 1 City 1
Away kit, Blue keeper kit.
Championship  We 19th Aug 2015
City 2 Fulham 1
Home kit, Green keeper kit.
Championship Sa 22nd Aug 2015
Charlton 2 City 1
Away kit with black home shorts, Green keeper kit.
League Cup R2  Tu 25th Aug 2015
City 1 Rochdale 0
Home kit, Green keeper kit.
Championship Sa 29th Aug 2015
City 2 Preston 0
Home kit, Green keeper kit. 
Championship Sa 12th Sep 2015
Brighton 1 City 0
Home kit, Green keeper kit.
Championship  Tu 15th Sep 2015
Cardiff 0 City 2
Away kit, Green keeper kit.
Championship Sa 19th Sep 2015
City 1 QPR 1
Home kit, Green keeper kit.
League Cup R3 Tu 22nd Sep 2015
City 1 Swansea 0
Home kit, Green keeper kit. 
Championship Sa 26th Sep 2015
City 1 Blackburn 1
Home kit, Green keeper kit. 
Championship Sa 3rd Oct 2015
Nottm. Forest 0 City 1
Away shirt with home shorts/socks, Blue keeper kit.
Championship Sa 17th Oct 2015
Sheff. Wednesday 1 City 1
Home kit with amber alt. shorts, Green keeper kit.
Championship  Tu 20th Oct 2015
City 3 Ipswich 0
Home kit, Green keeper kit. 
Championship Sa 24th Oct 2015
City 2 Birmingham 0
Home kit, Green keeper kit. 
League Cup  Tu 27th Oct 2015
City 1 Leicester 1 (AET & Pens. W5-4)
Home kit, Green keeper kit. 
Championship Sat 31st Oct 2015
MK Dons 0 City 2
Home kit, Blue keeper kit. 
Championship  Tu 3rd Nov 2015
Brentford 0 City 2
Home kit with amber alt. shorts, Blue keeper kit. 

 

August Kit News Round-Up

Sagbo1Kit supplier adidas released a statement yesterday, apologising for delays in the production and delivery of City’s 2013/14 training kit. The Tigers had been wearing neon yellow and navy training kit in pre season while their own blue or black apparel was being produced, evidently wearing gear made for Sunderland (their away kit is neon yellow and navy) badged with City crests as an interim measure. Consequently the launch date for new training gear on sale in Tiger Leisure has been and gone, hence the apology from the German sportswear giant. We rather like the neon yellow apparel, and would love to get our hands on some, whether part of City’s current palette or not.

AltShortsOf more concern than the training kit is the home kit shorts, which have also been delayed. City wore the new home shirt and fetching hooped socks in friendlies at North Ferriby and Winterton last month, using shorts from last season’s kit range. At Ferriby, the black 2012/13 home shorts were worn, with the ‘home’ amber alternate shorts from the last campaign being used against Winterton Rangers.

BragaSocksWanting to take a complete new kit to Portugal, kit man John Eyre elected to use the royal blue, white and red away kit in two friendlies played in Albufeira. The full away kit with red socks was used in the 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday, in which the Owls wore their new away kit (a black and yellow affair made by Puma). Against SC Braga however, City debuted alternate blue socks against the Portuguese League Cup holders, who use red socks with their primary kit.

AMacGoalkeeper kits from 2012/13 were used in all friendlies until City ventured to eastern Germany to face Dynamo Dresden. Alan McGregor wore the light green 2013/14 ‘keeper kit for the first time in the 1-0 win at the glücksgas stadion, while the outfield players wore the full away kit as Dresden play in yellow and black. The Dynamo game proved educational, teaching us the German word for kitman; John Eyre was listed in the matchday programme as City’s ‘Zeugwart’.

Tigers repeat tash patch trick

City’s shirts featured an amended sponsor for the second time this season when The Tigers and Crystal Palace played out an entertaining though goalless draw on Tuesday night. Main sponsor Cash Converters again used a game and our player garb to show their support for the Movember charity.

City first sported ‘tash converters’ on black moustache appliqués at Bristol City for the last game of October, when we wore the Argentina blue and white 3rd kit in a televised 2-1 win.

A stock of unsponsored blue shirts were used in that instance, but since the Palace game was at home and there wasn’t enough unsponsored amber shirts available, the moustache image was printed onto ‘amber’ patches that were plastered over the normal sponsor logo.

The patches weren’t quite the right amber, however. Furthermore, only one patched shirt was printed for each player, so when some players changed shirts at half time, there was a mixture of normal and amended sponsors on show for the second half.

Robbie Brady opted not to wear a moustachioed shirt at any point, so was the only player not to have one in the first half. In the second half only David Meyler, Alex Bruce and David Stockdale wore them until substitutes Nick Proschwitz, Liam Rosenior and Aaron McLean entered play with patched shirts on. Stockdale’s Cyan blue ‘keeper jersey didn’t require an amber patch, so the same type of decal used at Bristol City was applied to his shirt.

We quite liked the ‘tash converters’ look at Bristol City, it seemed fresh and funny and we are fond of the Argentina blue shirts, but doing it again, and having to cover existing logos with patches that are a slightly different colour to the shirt didn’t seem as clever or worthwhile.

We presume Cash Converters plan to auction the patched shirts, with proceeds going to male cancer charities, but they haven’t gotten round to putting the first lot of shirts up for grabs yet, and with the poppy shirts used at Cardiff also due for auction, we feel auction fatigue may set in.

Kit news round up

City’s 2012/13 third kit (a.k.a. the 2011/12 away kit) wasn’t expected to be worn until December 8th when we travel to Watford, but the decision to use a one-off sponsor appliqué in support of the ‘Movember’ male cancers charity at Bristol City saw the Argentina blue and white kit pressed into use.

Since the club had a cache of the blue shirts with no sponsor affixed, it was easier to apply the moustache decals to those rather than alter shirts that already bear Cash Converters’ logo. The ‘Tash Converters’ shirts, worn for the Sky Sports televised 2-1 win played on the evening of October 27th, are being auctioned soon with proceeds going to the charity that encourages month long sponsored moustache growth.

Because Bristol City favour the alarm orange Condivo ’12 goalkeeper jersey that The Tigers also use, a tan and black jersey was worn by Ben Amos. Swansea have used this colour shirt for most of this season, though we paired it with the black with white trim training shorts rather than tan shorts.

The Argentina blue shirts were given another run out at Cardiff, this time with the poppy appliqués marking Remembrance Sunday and the work of the Royal British Legion, City evidently only printed one set of shirts as many players who had poppies affixed in the first half didn’t have one in the second half. For the last few years poppy shirts have been auctioned, if these are too there’ll be a glut of blue third shirts up for grabs soon.

Home games have been less exciting from a kit perspective, though it was interesting that the ref for the Burnley kit had no problem with Dave Stockdale wearing Cyan blue in goal despite the visitors having blue shirtsleeves and shorts.

Finally, at Andy Dawson’s testimonial evening at the KC Stadium, the above shirt was up for auction. It’s an unsponsored (*scream*) version of the 2011/12 home shirt with an ‘Andy Dawson – Celebrating 10 years’ appliqué. These are brilliant, let’s hope there are more and they go on sale at Tiger Leisure.

Tigers’ kit converted for Bristol City trip

City’s shirts will feature a modified Cash Converters logo for the televised game at Bristol City on Saturday. The Australian pawnbroking and payday loan firm is publicly backing the Movember Foundation, a charity initiative that seeks to raise awareness of and funds to fight male cancers by encouraging men to grow moustaches in November.

Kitman John Eyre had planned to use the black away kit at both Middlesbrough and Bristol City, but since the club have a stock of sponsorless Argentina blue shirts, it makes sense to apply the ‘Tash Converters’ logo to the 3rd kit rather than modifying the already printed up black away shirts.

City wore the light blue shirts for the 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate last season, they were paired with navy blue alternate shorts so as not to clash with Bristol City’s white home shorts. For 2012/13 however, The Robins wear red shorts with their red shirts (based on the same ‘Autheno 12’ template as our amber and black home shirts) so Steve Bruce’s men can wear the white shorts with Argentina blue trim this time round.

Bristol City favour the same Alarm Orange goalkeeper kit used by Ben Amos this year, and our wearing blue shirts means the Cyan ‘keeper jersey is less than idea. The club have ordered a stock of the tan and black ‘Condivo 12’ goalkeeper kits so they have an alternative for such instances, but are not sure they will arrive in time to use on Saturday.

Tigers win at Wednesday in all-amber

As we announced on Twitter the day before the game, The Tigers would wear all-amber at Hillsborough for the Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday. City notched a 1-0 win courtesy of a late Aaron McLean strike to halt a run of three successive defeats.

City have two pairs of amber alternate shorts for 2012/13, a set to match the home shirt and another set that are colourway inversions of the black away shorts. The ‘home’ amber alternates were worn in pre-season at Grimsby, but Saturday’s victory marked the first time they had been used in competitive action.

J.H. Hill’s ultramarine army!

The screengrab above is taken from a delightful October 1935 British Pathé newsreel that was part of the Famous Football Teams In Training series. It showed manager (and former England captain) J.G. Hill taking training at the Anlaby Road Ground ahead of the 1935-36 Division Two campaign. From a City kit point of view, the clip is fascinating as it shows the Tigers wearing the new ultramarine blue and white kit worn for just one season before the familiar amber and black striped shirts worn in each of our 26 league seasons to date returned.

Despite the clip’s narrator talking up City’s chances for the new season, The Tigers finished rock bottom of Division Two, amassing just 20 points in 42 games with a record of 5 wins, 10 draws and 27 defeats. As a result, City were relegated to Division Three (North).

The reason for the kit switch is a mystery, but if the club was going to radically change it’s colour scheme, it made sense that ultramarine blue be the hue chosen. Why? Well, for a start blue is main civic colour of Hull, the city’s coat of arms consists of three pale or (gold) coronets on an azure (blue) field. Azure blue is also known as ultramarine (literally ‘beyond the sea’) and Hull firm Reckitts were the leading manufacturer of ultramarine pigments in the world, so blue dye was easy to obtain.

The blue jerseys had a white foldover collar attached to a blue placket, they also featured the first chest insignias used on City shirts. The emaciated tiger head that adorned the shirts worn by Raich Carter through to Stuart Pearson wasn’t used though, that didn’t appear on a City kit until 1947, instead the city of Hull’s stacked coronets within a shield device was used. There were no short sleeved versions, players simply rolled up the sleeves if they so desired, hiding the white cuffs at sleeves’ end.

The baggy white shorts were quite long, but were worn so high on the waist that they still didn’t cover the knees. Completing the kit were hooped ‘stockings’ with a plain foldover band which looked superb.

Horizontal stripes had featured on City socks before this, but only as trim on the foldover band, this was the first time the body of the sock was hooped on a home kit.

 A 1936 Carrera Cigarettes trading card, part of the Famous Footballers series, shows Maxey Martin Holmes in a blue shirt. The images on the cards were not from colour photos though, rather black and white photographs that had been colourised.

That means the shade of blue used on the card may not be entirely accurate, the shirt design depicted certainly isn’t, the card shows a totally white collar, placket and all, whereas the shirt City wore had only the lapel in white.

It is possible that the image was based on a photograph taken when Holmes was at Grimsby, he joined City from the Mariners in May 1935, and that the blue ink covered a black and white striped shirt. Then again, whoever colourised the photograph might simply have made an error, rendering the full collar white instead of just the lapels.

The Tigers returned to tigerish black and amber for the 1936-37 Division Three (North) season, wearing the striped shirts used before the switch to blue but with black shorts rather than white (as were used in 1934-35). In the team photograph for 1936-37, several players appear to be wearing the blue and white hooped socks with black and amber shirts and shorts (seen below).

After a return to our regular colours, they were used in league competition until 1939 when the Football League shut down because of World War 2. It is likely that City remained in black and amber for games played during wartime, but when league operations resumed in 1946, blue was used once more by City.

New owner Harold Needler planned to rebrand the club Kingston upon Hull AFC and wanted them to wear orange, white and royal blue, but his plans were thwarted by post-war austerity measures and thankfully the name change did not occur. Still, The Tigers began life at Boothferry Park dressed not in black and amber, but blue and white (the programmes used during 1946/47 though, depicted a player wearing Needler’s preferred scheme of orange, white and blue).

Were the 1935-36 shirts reused ten years later? It doesn’t look like it, the civic crest was not present, and looking at a screengrab of City players emerging from the Boothferry Park tunnel, the placket layer with the buttons on is white and the post war jersey appears to be a lighter blue than was used in 1935 (though that could be because of lighting or camera equipment differences). The socks used were definitely different, instead of blue and white hoops, stockings of a dark, solid tone (navy blue? black?) were worn for the 0-0 draw with Lincoln.

Both instances of blue shirt use lasted just one season, and we haven’t used that hue as a first choice kit since, though City did wear blue at home as an emergency measure during our 2004-05 centenary year when Bradford turned up for a televised game with only their black shirts with white shorts and socks away kit.

We could have loaned Bradford our away kit, though it was rumoured that Peter Taylor didn’t want to see Dean Windass, a Bradford player at the time, wearing a City shirt so elected to have both sides wear away kits instead. Regardless of that explanations veracity, the Tigers turned out in pale blue shirts and socks with black shorts for a 1-0 defeat.

Tigers trial a new look at Donny

Kitman John Eyre opted against using the third kit at Doncaster last night, instead pairing the new black away shirt with alternate amber shorts for the League Cup tie at the Keepmoat Stadium. Donny’s black shorts ruled out both the home or away shorts (both are black), giving Eyre three choices; The home shirt with amber shorts (as worn in pre-season), last season’s away kit of Argentina blue shirts and white shorts which serves as third kit in 2012/13, or as was worn the black away shirt with amber shorts. This was a second consecutive use of the away shirt which made it’s match debut at Charlton on Saturday.

Interestingly, the away shirt comes with a set of amber shorts distinct from those designed to work with the home shirt, so adidas have supplied two sets of alternate shorts in amber, as well as two sets of black shorts. The combination of black shirts, amber shorts and black socks is a flip of the home kit colours, and creates an intriguing but unfamiliar look, one we may see again. Sheffield Wednesday pair black shorts with blue and white stripes shirts, so the blue 3rd shirt isn’t really an option. Whether we go with the home set or the away set on October 6th, we’re likely to wear amber shorts at Hillsbrough. Other opportunities for alternate short usage comes in December (Watford/Derby) and February (Bolton).

Tell us what you think of last night’s look.

Shorts stories: Cut from the same cloth

Since Boston United switched from blue and white to amber and black in 1951, City and The Pilgrims have shared a colour scheme.

At the turn of this century, the sharing went a step further, with the two teams sharing the same fabric for kit elements despite arrangements with different and unrelated sportswear brands.

After an unseemly incident at Darlington in October 2001 that led to City borrowing the home side’s away shorts (and Darlo players changing shirts mid-game on the pitch), The Tigers commisioned some alternate amber shorts that could be worn with the plain amber shirts and socks in away games when the home side wore dark shorts.

The amber shorts were soon pressed into action and were used twice in November 2001, first in a 2-1 defeat at Lincoln and then in a 1-0 win at Luton. Whereas City’s plain amber 2001/2002 home shirts featured a ribbed, needlecord weave, close inspection of the alternate shorts shows a shadow pattern of chevrons in diamonds woven throughout.

This diamond pattern was used on Boston’s home shirt from, 1999/2000, a shirt ‘made’ by Belper based sportswear firm Paulas Benara. In reality the shirts were made in East Yorkshire by Dewhirsts Sportswear Ltd. of Driffield (who have a factory on Amsterdam Road, Sutton Fields in Hull) as were City’s kits despite the Patrick branding.

Though City’s alternate shorts carry the French sportswear firms stylised P logo, they’re  undoubtedly made from the same fabric as Boston’s Paulas Benara branded amber shirts, meaning our alternate shorts were quite literally cut from the same cloth as Boston’s shirts.