2013/14 Away kit launch date + teaser pic.

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Hull City announced the imminent launch of the 2013/14 away kit on Friday, using social media platforms to give people a glimpse of the new change kit, or at least the socks. The adidas hose are a deep red, with the German sportswear giant’s trademark three stripes and logo picked out in blue.

The away kit’s full launch will be this coming Saturday (15/06/13). Reaction to the new away colours was mixed, and the HCK team were equally polarised in their views…

JGHull

“I’m a rational man. It’s a teaser picture of a bit of sock, so what possible reaction can you have and still appear sane? I bloody hate those socks.

Red and blue together have no place in our history. Yes, we’ve had kits using both colours. Red was introduced by a slightly mental but hugely loveable Chairman in the 1980s, and blue is a very historic colour for us indeed, City having worn blue several times starting in the 1930s.

However, red and blue together isn’t uniquely identifying as a Hull City kit. Even an away Hull City kit. Before anyone starts, I know we’ve had a green and white chequered kit before, used maroon (with amber touches I might add) and even purple with red sponsor. I’m also well aware of the modern slant on away kits – “let’s make them insane and see if we can sell some” – Arsenal purple and black, Manchester United grey and Chelsea day-glo green all spring to mind.

So why should we be different? Well, it’s a personal thing but I believe even an away kit should identify the club. I’d go white with black and amber trim permanently (stripes at home). I don’t buy into this nonsense of having to change the shirt style to be able to sell them to the masses. Collars, finishing touches and simply changing the manufacturer all can do this.

Secondly, and most importantly, red and blue belongs to other clubs. This smells of Crystal Palace. Arsenal purple? United grey? Chelsea day-glo? They never made them look like someone else. In the age of template kits, I think this is more important than ever.

Let’s be honest, it’s just a teaser shot and any sane individual couldn’t possible draw any conclusions. However, I bloody hate those socks.”

SombreEthyl

“Heh, I’m amused by JGHull’s claim to be rational while espousing a very irrational viewpoint. I don’t have a problem with the new colours at all, in fact I’d say I’m very excited about this launch after seeing the socks.

I’m a traditionalist, I like to see City in all white when they need to wear change colours, but I accept that it needs to be mixed up now and then, and all white will be monotonous and drab if done every year, given that like it or not, kits are changed every season now.

JGHull refers to the Avec purple with red trim away kit of 1999/00, which had no precedent whatsoever when it was launched, but I bloody love that away kit, it’s one of my favourites, despite the horrific Hinchliffe crest, which featured what was more owl with a goatee beard than a tiger’s head.

So what if red and blue are the domain of other club’s where home kits are concerned? This is an away kit, and the main function of an away kit is to be utterly distinct from the home kit, even if it means utilising colours associated with other team’s. Manchester United often wear all blue as a third kit, isn’t this making them look Chelsea-esque? Probably, but it dilutes Manchester United’s identity not one bit, so I don’t accept the point that this kit compromises the club’s visual identity.

Some people are presuming that red will be the predominant colour, but I think the shirt will be blue, with shorts and socks in the red tone. We don’t have to wear an away kit often anyway, in the Premier League it will be a necessity only at Fulham, Newcastle, Sunderland and Spurs (based on them usually wearing dark shorts)   and Norwich because of shirt colour. With the exception of Sunderland, red and blue or blue and red works just fine, and presuming the away kit has alternate shorts and socks it’ll be fine at the Stadium of Light.

I’m all for a mix up of away colours for one season, but I would like to see us back in all white away sometime soon. I like the club using Facebook and Twitter to create a buzz about a new kit too, I think we’ve not done launches as well as we we could have in recent years, but the socks pic certainly has people talking.”

Kit news round up

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Eagle eyed fans watching the 0-0 draw with Leicester on Boxing Day will have noticed that a new appliqué had appeared on the playing kit. Two days later the club announced a sponsorship deal with local scaffolding firm Burflex, who would become back of shorts sponsor for the remainder of this season.

The Clay Street firm have struck a deal that covers not just the rest of the 2012/13, but also the whole of next season too, although if City were to be promoted this term the Burflex appliqués would not be used in 2013/14, as kit sponsorship is restricted to chest advertising only in the Premier League.

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Early in January the 3rd shirts worn at Bristol City were sent out to the winning bidders of an online auction that ended on Christmas Day. The Argentina blue shirts featured  ‘tash converters’ appliqués, as main sponsor Cash Converters used the televised game in late October to show their support of the Movember charity.

Scorer Sone Aluko’s shirt fetched a whopping £510, that along with cash raised from the sale of the rest of the shirts will go towards male cancer treatment research. We were rather chuffed to snag Liam Rosenior’s matchworn shirt, but what later grabbed our attention was the crest patches used on the goalkeeper shirts.

Tiger National Andy Bradley won Eldin Jakupović’s bench worn keeper jersey and sent us a photo of his purchase, showing that the crest used was the 3D effect, layered felt type which featured on City’s 2010/11 kits, whereas the outfield shirts all used the iron on (but meant to look stitched on) crests used on kits for both this season and for 2011/12. Dave Holmes, snagger of the matchworn ‘keeper shirt from that game, confirmed that Ben Amos’ jersey used the 2010/11 crest too. Curious.

CityAway80sFinally, a request for knowledge. The above photos were both for sale on Ebay recently, and show City in the Admiral away shirt introduced in 1982/83 and used throughout the six year period Admiral made City’s kits. The pinstriped away shirt is being worn with plain white socks and what black socks, do you know what game these images are from?

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.

Reflections on the away kit with amber shorts

Rather than opine straight away, we thought we’d let our thoughts on the kit worn at Doncaster percolate for a bit. City wore the black away kit with alternate amber shorts for the League Cup tie, a look described by some Twitter users as a ‘kitastrophe’. After time to reflect on it, here’s what we think…

JGHull: I love it. Anyone describing it as a ‘kitastrophe’ is wrong. Even the sponsors logo looks alright!

I’m a white away kit man but you can’t deny this kit is a gem. The standard black shorts were always going to cause an issue at some point due to the opposition kits we’re due to encounter as the season progresses. Knowing this helps understand that these shorts were designed to be worn with this kit – it’s not a case of John Eyre making it up as he goes along. I’m not 100% sold on the trim on the thigh which finishes the brand stripes short but I think the look overall is a really, really smart one.

Having said that, I do understand the concerns of the Twitterati. How many playing kits have we actually got? Two variants of the home kit (short variants), two variants of the away kit (again, short variants) and two variants of the third kit (guess what? short variants).

The key thing though is that the variants are all thought about and considered. It’s not the case of playing in home shorts with a third shirt and the training socks due to some administrative balls up, but evidence of Kitstodian Eyre caring sufficiently to ensure that City’s attire is as smart as possible.

It’s important to have a man who cares in charge of the fabric…

SombreEthyl: When the black away kit was released one of my first thoughts was ‘two pairs of black shorts’, and thinking about the teams in the Championship with black or navy shorts, I had a feeling we’d see a black-amber-black combination at some point. I wasn’t expecting us to use different amber shorts to those worn with the home shirt in pre-season though.

I like the look, I like that we can wear an away kit but still have our main colours on show, and this ensemble puts more of our main colour on display. Its a far stronger look than Argentina blue and white would have been.

I can understand people voicing disapproval at first, it’s natural to initially dislike something unfamiliar and it isn’t a look we’ve ever seen before, but I think it’ll grow on people if used again an Sheffield Wednesday is a probable, though we could go all amber.

I’d rather see this combination, I’ve grown to love it,  it reminds me of a look Borussia Dortmund sometimes sport away from home. I don’t like mixing and matching kit for the sake of it, but this was necessary because of the home team’s shorts so its all good.

In the interests of balance and fairness, we should probably mention Doncaster Rovers’ kit.  It’s, err, alright…

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.

Tigers to debut away kit at The Valley

City will wear all black for the visit to Charlton on Saturday, giving the new adidas made away kit it’s first matchday appearance. Most recent kits have been given a first airing at North Ferriby in the annual Billy Bly Memorial Trophy match, with City wearing the home kit for one half and the away kit for the second 45 minutes. This year though, the away kit was launched later than usual, going on sale only a day before the start of the 2012/13  campaign, and being revealed just 24 hours before that.

A change kit isn’t really a necessity when we visit Charlton, their red and white is no clash with black and amber, but we’re keen to see the sleek and sexy new kit in match action. We’d be happy for kitman John Eyre to use it in nearly every away game this season, only Millwall’s navy blue shirt creates a real clash with it, and for games wear the home side wears black shorts, Doncaster and Derby are two, there are alternate amber shorts that could be used.

The 2012/13 away kit : Some early thoughts

The 2012/13 adidas away kit was finally revealed this morning and goes on sale Friday.   HCK’s JGHull and SombreEthyl  offer their initial thoughts…

SombreEthyl

I’ve liked all of the away kits that adidas have produced for City, but this is by far the best. It’s simple and unfussy, sleek and a little bit sexy. I’m in favour of wearing your primary colours as often as you can away from home to put the club’s visual identity on show when on the road. The beauty of having a black away kit is you can wear it as many times as you like and you’re still showcasing black and amber (or amber and black, that was the order it was always described in when I was growing up).

The 2003/04 black away kit was sometimes worn just for the sake of it rather than because a colour clash necessitated it, at Rochdale, at Swansea, at Yeovil (in which it became a truly iconic City kit) but there was little complaint, because it looked good and was still our regular colours, albeit in reverse order.

In 2010/11 we mixed and matched elements of home and away kit and it didn’t look quite right as the shade of amber on the away kit was slightly deeper than on the home to contrast better with the white. With this kit, kitman John Eyre can mix and match all he likes and it’ll still look fine, we’ve already seen City wear the alternate amber shorts in pre-season, I’d not be averse to pairing amber shorts with the black shirt and socks on occasion (such as at Sheffield Wednesday or Bolton). I’m also happy that a black away kit means we retain the Argie blue away duds for another year as the 3rd kit.

If I’m being really picky, the shirt collar is a bit drab, I’d have liked some contrast amber on it (I’ve always favoured this style of wrapover collar) but it really doesn’t matter. The only real caveat is, as expected, the sponsor, but in this case it wouldn’t put me off buying one, which speaks volumes about the kit. If anyone discovers the right washer temperature to get the sponsor to peel off, do let us know, in the meantime we can always stand cross-armed like Faye and Proschwitz in the launch photo. Verdict: Awesome.

JGHull

Initial thoughts are that the shirt looks ace. I’m a white away kit man really (with the adidas all white away kit from the first year of our deal with them being a beauty) but as a periodic break from tradition, this gets my approval.

The amber panelling under the arms looks to finish short of the back panelling so assuming the back of the shirt is plain black, there isn’t much to not like. Stylish? Yup. Maintaining tradition? Well, not quite, but it’s amber and black, so sort of yup. Designed so it’s usable as a genuine away kit? Yup. As SombreEthyl says, it would work with the amber shorts so it gives kit guardian Eyre a full range of options of which all get my thumbs up.

Whilst the sponsor is dreadful at least this time around it’s been tastefully treated and actually designed into the shirt rather than slapped on. It’s worth repeating again – we’d really like to know the optimum temperature for the sponsor to peel off without destroying the shirt. I feel an experiment coming on…

Lastly, the artwork launching the away kit is a vast improvement on that which launched the home version. The bleached and poorly cut out work which launched the home shirt (and is still visible on club websites) is not the right way to introduce a kit to the world. A black kit is moody and mean and backlighting the players in this way enhances the kit launch.

I want one. (sans sponsor)

Short story: New sponsor patch for televised Tigers

City’s kit featured a back of shorts sponsor for the first time this season at Blackpool last night. The Tigers wore the Argentina blue away shirt with navy blue shorts against the Tangerines at Bloomfield Road, earning a valuable point courtesy of Matty Fryatt’s late equaliser. The shorts of all outfield players featured a patch advertising Lionel Hutz Neil Hudgell Solicitors for the televised Championship game, but there was no patch on the shorts of keeper Vito Mannone.

The no win, no fee soliciting firm were back of shirt sponsors in 2010/11, while lab equipment company SLS had their logo on the shorts, but until last night there was no shorts sponsor in 2011/12. Whether the patch will appear for the rest of the season or was just in place for a televised game is yet unclear, but from our aesthetics focused point of view, the less sponsors logos on a kit the better.

Festive kit tracking

All three games played over the festive period were notable from a kit-watching standpoint. The Tigers wore the Argentina blue and white away kit at Middlesbrough on Boxing Day, marking only the second time we’d worn the change kit in it’s original guise; with white shorts. The first time we used white shorts was in September in the 1-1 draw at Doncaster, all other uses of the away shirt saw it paired with navy blue shorts.

At Burnley on New Year’s Eve, City used amber socks with the first choice shirt and shorts. Mystifying, as Burnley wear white socks at home, so there was no colour clash. The game at Turf Moor marked the first time The Tigers had worn this combination since playing Bradford City in a pre-season friendly.

The only home game over the festive period was against Derby, in which we wore our full first choice kit. As a mark of respect to Gary Ablett, who died on January 1st following a 16-month battle against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, all City players wore black armbands. Ablett, a two time league champion (both with Liverpool) and FA Cup winner (once with Liverpool, once with Everton), played 5 games for City while on loan in 1986.

The updated 2011/12 kit tracker is HERE

The season so far…

Despite wearing amber socks for the visit of pink clad Bradford in pre-season, City have maintained a uniform look at home throughout the 2011/12 campaign, as you’d expect. Away from home though, The Tigers have worn three combinations of kit to distinguish themselves from the home side.

The Argentina blue adidas away shirt has, so far, been used four times in Championship competition, but only once with the white shorts designed to match. That once was at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium in late September for the 1-1 draw with Rovers.

The other three instances of away shirt use have seen them worn with navy blue shorts, as the home side favours white home shorts in each case. This occured at Bristol City in September (this was the first regular season outing for the light blue away top), at Nottingham Forest in late October and at Barnsley in early November.

Of course the home kit could have been used in all three of these games as red and white doesn’t clash with our amber and black, but then the only time we’d need to not wear our regular colours is for Watford away, which isn’t until April next year, and it is far too lovely a shirt to only wear once.

Ordinarily City would need to wear the away kit against a home side that wears black shorts (as we did at Donny), but as shown at Derby a set of amber shorts can be used with the home shirt instead, and whereas all-amber can looked washed out, the black stripes of the current primary shirt provide enough contrast to make the amber ‘pop’. We like this look, and wouldn’t mind seeing it again, and since Southampton wear black shorts with their red and white striped shirts, we could see it again later this month when The Tigers travel to St. Mary’s on the 29th.

As for ‘keeper kits, the ‘macaw’ green outfit has been worn the most, our netmen have worn it in 13 games this season. The blue version was used at home to Cardiff and Watford, whereas an all white set was worn at Bristol City and Nottingham Forest, taking our minds back to the white kit sometimes used by ‘Bransholme’s number 1’  Steve Wilson during the 1997/98 campaign.

A full break down of the kits worn so far in 2011/12 can be seen on our outrageously anal Kit Tracker page.