City try a new look at Derby


City’s performance was ugly at Derby, as the Tigers’ automatic promotion hopes took a potentially fatal blow in a 4-0 defeat. Their sartorial showing was below par too, as City elected to pair the away kit’s white shorts and socks with the home shirt.

The mash-up seems an odd choice,  inconsistent with how we’ve worn the home shirt with non-standard shorts so far this season. At Sheffield Wednesday in October, City used the amber alternate shorts (designed for use with the 2014/15 home kit) since the primary kit shorts of the home side are black. That look was replicated at Brentford in November, again to avoid a black shorts v black shorts clash and again at Bury in late January in the FA Cup 4th round.

City have also worn amber alternate shorts at Derby before, in 2011/12 in a 2-0 win and in 2012/11, another win, this time 2-1. The amber on white/white mash-up is the seventh look the Tigers have sported this season: in addition to the regular home kit (1), full away kit (2) and all-amber when away (3) ensembles, they’ve worn black home shorts with the white away shirts and socks (4, at Charlton), the white away shirts with home shorts and socks (5, at Forest) and the blueprint/scuba blue third kit (6) twice, at Bristol City and Rotherham.

The Derby away game also saw a first airing of the deep blue ‘keeper kit since late December when it was at Preston. You can view our updated season kit tracker here.


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 


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 


Worn 2 times: at Sheffield Wednesday, at Brentford.


Change kit


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


Alternate change kit 1


Worn 1 time: at Charlton Athletic.


Alternate change kit 2


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. 


Kit Tracking – The season so far


Fixture Kit
Europa League Q3 Th 31st Sep 2014 AS Trenčín 0 City 0 Home kit, purple keeper kit
Europa League Q3 Th 7th Aug 2014
City 2 AS Trenčín 1
Home kit, purple keeper kit
Premier League Sa 16th Aug 2014
QPR 0 City 1
Away kit, Aqua keeper kit
Europa League PO Th 21st Aug 2014 Lokeren 1 City 0 Third kit, purple keeper kit
Premier League Su 24th Aug 2014
City 1 Stoke 1
Home kit, purple keeper kit
Europa League PO Th 28th Aug 2014 City 2 Lokeren 1 (2-2 on agg. Eliminated, away goals rule) Home kit (Euro style with plain amber back panel) with amber alternate shorts. purple keeper kit.
Premier League Su 31st Aug 2014
Aston Villa 2 City 1
Away kit, yellow keeper kit.
Premier League Mo 15th Sep 2014
City 2 West Ham 2
Home kit, Aqua keeper kit.
Premier League Sa 20th Sep 2014 Newcastle 2 City 2 Third kit, Aqua keeper kit.
League Cup 3R We 24th Sep 2014
West Brom 3 City 2
Home kit (Euro style with plain amber back panel) with amber alternate shorts. Purple keeper kit.
Premier League Sa 27th Sep 2014
City 2 Manchester City 4
Home kit, Purple keeper kit.
Premier League Sa 4th Oct 2014
City 2 Crystal Palace 0
Home kit, Aqua keeper kit.
Premier League Sa 18th Oct 2014
Arsenal 2 City 2
Away kit, Aqua keeper kit.
Premier League Sa 25th Oct 2014
Liverpool 0 City 0
Third kit, Aqua keeper kit.
Premier League Sa 1st Nov 2014
City 0 Southampton 1
Home kit (with poppy appliqués), Purple keeper kit.
Premier League Sa 8th Nov 2014
Burnley 1 City 0
Home kit (with poppy appliqués),Aqua keeper kit.
Premier League Su 23rd Nov 2014
City 1 Tottenham 2
Home kit, Purple keeper kit.
Premier League Sa 29th Nov 2014
Manchester United 3 City 0
Home kit, Aqua keeper kit
Premier League We 03rd Dec 2014
Everton 1 City 1
Home kit, Aqua keeper kit
Premier League Sa 06th Dec 2014
City 0 West Brom 0
Home kit, Aqua keeper kit.
Premier League Sa 13th Dec 2014
Chelsea 2 City 0
Home kit, Aqua 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’.

City kits feature in Backpass magazine

Retro football magazine Backpass takes a look at six Tigers kits from the past in their latest issue. Illustrated by John Devlin of the excellent True Colours books and blog, the classic kits section examines a selection of kits from the 60s to late 80s including the positively AC Milan-esque 1972 third kit featured on HCK last month.

John Devlin’s illustrations also appear on sportwear firm Admiral‘s site as they poll readers to determine the finest Admiral kit of all time. The 1986-88 City home kit is one of the 80s designs featured.

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.

Amber shorts and socks used at Derby

The Tigers today revealed an amber alternate shorts set in the 2-0 win at Pride Park, pairing them and  amber socks with the home shirt.

It was a smart move by kitman John Eyre, as the Argentina blue away shirt doesn’t really provide adequate contrast with the white shirts of Derby County.

The amber socks we’ve seen before, they were used in the pre season friendly against Bradford, but it was a debut for the amber shorts, which are a chromatic inversion of the black home shorts.

City have used amber alternate shorts and socks several times before, in 2001/02 at Lincoln and Luton in November 2011 (As seen on Theo Whitmore, below left), in 2003/04 at Lincoln (modelled by Lee Marshall, below centre) and in 2006/07 at Luton (seen on Ian Ashbee and Michael Turner, below right).