Massively in the red following two years of spending excess, City sought to shake off the relegation blues in 2010/11, entrusting the production of amber and black garb to adidas after the Umbro deal ran out. City’s first dalliance with the mark with the three stripes came in 1979, with the Tigers firmly ensconced in the lower leagues, whereas this time round City were adapting to post-Premier League life in the Championship.
The first of the new adidas kits was a bit weird in that the shirt was striped on the front but the back panel was solid amber. Photos of several players stood together but facing in opposite directions made it look like they were wearing different kits. What’s more, the front panel stripes had fuzzy edges to them, creating a tyre track effect that could make you googly eyed if you stared at it too long.
This shirt was worn by Guinean own goal machine Kamil Zayatte (along with a snood, undershirt and gloves) in a 2-0 win over Bristol City at the KC Stadium. How do we know this? Well the letter Z is applied upside down, the sharp edged end stroke is meant to be at the bottom, not the top as it is on this shirt which makes it easy to photo match as other shirts had correctly applied zeds. It was not a happy campaign for Zayatte, who along with Anthony Gardner had nightmarish starts causing new manager Nigel Pearson to bench the pair. Zayatte asked for his contract to be terminated by mutual consent, citing family issues that were evidently quickly resolved as he soon joined Turkish side Konyaspor. City probably didn’t mind if he was fibbing.