The Kitcast by Hull City Kits – Episode 3

Episode 3 of the Kitcast sees us review the new crest that will appear on Umbro kits from 2019/20. We also look back to the Centenary season home shirt, Justin Whittle talks kit preferences and in the news round-up we discuss the latest round of poppy shirt auctions, the use of third kits at Millwall, Scunthorpe’s kit poll and Roma’s rights issue.

Presented by Les and Adam, co-produced by Mikey and John.


Fantasy Kit Friday: Umbro in the 80s


Last year, Denis Hurley of the  ‘Museum of Jerseys’ blog helped us mentally erase Pelada’s hideous home shirt for a short while by re-imagining City’s 1993/94 kits, creating an adidas kit set using period appropriate templates, and it was ACE.

Recently we cheekily asked Denis to ‘WhatIf’ for us once more, selecting an earlier timeframe, and like an Emerald Isle man from Del Monte he has said yes!

The starting points for our brief were thus:

1) We’re an established Umbro club nowadays, but missed out on one of their finest epochs. So what if City didn’t go with Admiral in 1982, instead going with the double diamond?

2) What if red hadn’t been introduced as a trim colour by flamboyant chairman Don Robinson?

3) Although we’re omitting red, we shall retain the sans-stripes ethos of the time (even though we love and favour stripes), and when considering Umbro templates of the 1980s we’ll stay clear of Watford designs, as there’s little fun in merely switching yellow to amber.

1982-84 home

Nothing typifies the early 80s more than pinstripes, indeed City went with that shirt style in 1982, with red pinstripes breaking up an otherwise plain amber shirt. So if we’re re-imagining, there needs to be a bit of a twist on the prevailing style of the era, and that twist will be tighter pinstripes.

Stoke City used a shirt design between 1983-85 that used pinstripes that way on a thick V necked shirt with solid colour sleeves. The home shirts Umbro made for City in 2015/16 had a faint whiff of this design (though that one had a wrapover V neck and the pinstripes are farther apart).

Not only has Denis given us an amber and black version, quite thrillingly he’s covered the possibility of needing amber alternate shorts, ‘cos we do love amber alts!

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1984-86 home

City of course retained red pinstripes when the kit was refreshed in 1984, changing material to a silkier, shinier polyester, and throwing another 1980s kit design staple into the mix, tonal shadow stripes. The effect was have alternating amber tones, matte and shiny, split by the red stripes.

Merely tweaking the design we’ve chosen for 1982-84 would be boooooring, so instead we’ve gone with what seems like a natural progression, turning pinstripes 45 degrees. Umbro pulled off this trick with a Sheffield Wednesday away shirt used between 1986-88. Sure, we’re assuming a shirt used from 1986 was on an Umbro drawing board two years prior, but this is Fantasy Kit Friday, so your nit-picking claims of anachronism be damned!



1986-88 home

Watford fans wondering what their home shirt could have looked like had the Hornets done  a deal with Admiral need only look at Hull City’s 1986-88 home. Though it was a great design, the colour is all wrong for the Tigers, it’s clearly more yellow than amber. Let’s right the wrong of the past with an Umbro kit…

Having gone from vertical pinstripes to diagonal, the next logical progression seems to be crossed pinstripes. Handily, Umbro made the same deduction, supplying Chelsea and Manchester City with home shirts featuring that pattern.



1982-88 away

Though there were two versions, the Tigers essentially kept the same away kit throughout the Admiral era: White with black pinstripes.  That’s six seasons with one change style, a period in which we wore three distinct home shirts and had four different brands advertised on them. We shall then, use only one Umbro design to cover the whole period, keeping it to traditional all white with amber and black trim, with no red in sight. Sheffield United used an interesting template for an away kit used between 1986-89, rendered in electric custard yellow with red and white panels. Are we stretching credulity using a 1986 design in 1982? Yes, yes we are.


What do you think? Given these alternatives, would you have stuck with Admiral or twisted for Umbro in 1982?

Pelada Schmelada – Reimagining the 1993-95 kits


Denis Hurley, of the estimable Museum of Jerseys blog, has a pleasing wont for wondering what teams of the past might have looked like if they had gone with a different kit supplier, and then rendering it as an illustration.  Recent Fantasy Kit Friday posts on the MOJ Twitter feed have shown us how Manchester United could have looked in Umbro templates in the mid 1980s and what Arsenal might have been given this season had they stayed with Nike.

This got us thinking about the Pelada deal struck in 1993, after the relationship between Hull City and Matchwinner deteriorated quickly, and to such an extent that City had little option but to start the 1993/94 campaign in Matchwinner kit but with the Scottish brand’s logo patched over until a new supplier, Pelada, could knock up two sets  of kits. Pelada did a pretty good job with the away kit, which featured a shirt that was jade with thin white stripes, but the home kit was a monstrosity, and that’s on the club for tasking the supplier with creating a non-copyright violating approximation of the tiger stripe shirt instead of just saying ‘give us an amber and black shirt.’

So we asked Denis if he’d help us envisage an alternate kit history, to right the wrongs of reality. This being FANTASY Kit Friday we didn’t think there was much fun to be had using other Pelada templates (such as this West Brom jobbie), so we asked for adidas kits of the era, and Denis heroically obliged…



Look at that! The home shirt riffs on a template used by Ireland at the USA ’94 World Cup,  although the shorts are pretty much what Liverpool used on their away kit in 1993/94. Hooped socks always get our hearts racing, marry those to a shirt with quasi-stripes and lots of amber as well as shorts with three stripe trim, and we utterly adore this kit. Damn you Martin Fish, why did you call Pelada?


Denis also rendered an era appropriate away kit too, based on a template worn by Spain at USA ’94 that features 3 stripes made out of interconnected diamonds (I bet Umbro loved that!) It looks fabulous in City’s traditional change tone of all white with black and amber trim.

Thanks for indulging us Denis!

Stranger than fiction: Exito design concepts

In the 1950s, Princeton University student Hugh Everett submitted a PhD thesis entitled The Theory of the Universal Wave Function. The upshot of his ideas, which were later seized upon by science fiction writers, is that there is a large, possibly infinite, number of universes, and everything that could possibly have happened in the past has happened in some other universe.

If Everett is correct, and we hope not, there exists an alternate reality in which Hull City have worn kits made by Exito.

We know this because we recently came into possession of concept artwork that Cheshire based Exito, the cricket and rugby apparel maker, sent to City in the hope of getting them to join their list of clients that  includes Hull FC, Castleford Tigers and Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Usually the benefit of having a smaller company design your kit is that their wares will be unique, specifically tailored for the club they’re making for, whereas if you go with a sportswear behemoth such as adidas, Nike or Umbro, you’ll just get a template shared by many clubs with the only variation being the colours. The smaller firm tailored approach hardly appears to be the case looking at these Exito designs…

Not only are the designs remarkably drab, they also carry the badge of Castleford Tigers, which makes you wonder if Exito just sent City artwork of kits originally designed for but ultimately unused by the Wessie rugby club. Would have really have troubled them to put City’s crest on the renderings? No wonder our club said no.

In addition to the kit designs, Exito sent examples of a proposed leisurewear range…

The windcheater designs in the last image look somewhat familiar, as in we think they’ve actually been on sale in Tiger Leisure, though with our correct suffix of AFC rather than FC, and with our tiger crest rather than Castleford’s. It seems reasonable to assume that Exito did at some point make some leisurewear for City, but it didn’t carry the brand’s wordmark.

Only in an alternate reality then, have City players ever worn Exito branded gear, and since multiple worlds only interact in episodes of Star Trek, we’ll never have the misfortune of witnessing such a deeply unsettling sight.