Walsall FC – Kit “Mash Up” Kings

One of my favourite “Kit Anecdotes” of the 2021 / 22 Season is from League Two’s Walsall FC, I want to take some time and have a deeper look at the kits worn this season. I published this tweet a few weeks ago….

The Saddlers used TEN different Kit variations in the League but unlike some teams who achieved the same feat with bespoke elements of the each of the Home, Away and 3rd Kits, Walsall completed this with just the following:

  • Three Shirts – Green, White, Red
  • Three pairs of Shorts – Green, White, Red
  • Three pairs of Socks – Green, White, Red

Although green is newer colour choice for the club, the use of the three colours in all shirts of the kit set has given the club a consistent overall feel and using these elements in different combinations gave the team the different looks but remained in the colour pallette that the club chose for the season, whatever the look it felt like Walsall FC.

Taking a closer look at the Kits used in League Two…..

Home Kits:

The default Home Kit – Red / White / Green, this was worn 24 times in total… 22 (out of 23) Home games and away at both Carlisle United and Mansfield Town.

Red / Red / Green – This combination was worn three times, against Hartlepool United twice, home (the only other variation worn at home) and away, also at Bristol Rovers.

All Red – Worn once at Rochdale.

Away Kits

The default Away look – Green / Green / Red. This was worn six times in total, the most worn change kit by the club, worn at AFC Barrow, Bradford City, Oldham Athletic, Port Vale, Sutton United and Tranmere Rovers.

Green / Green / White – worn in three games, at Exeter City, Stevenage and Swindon Town.

All Green, only worn once at Crawley Town.

3rd Kits

The default look for Walsall’s 3rd kit was White / Red / White, this was worn on four occasions at Forest Green Rovers, Harrogate Town, Northampton Town and Scunthorpe United.

White / Green / White – worn twice at games against, Leyton Orient and Newport County.

White / Red / Red – only worn once at Salford City.

White / Red / Green – again only worn once at Colchester United, the 10th and final variation used.

There we have it, one of my favourite Kit details of the season and shows the importance of a good Kit Set, using all three kits as one set and creating some wonderful looks along the way, thank you Walsall FC and Errea!

Let me know you thoughts about this at @kit_geek or in the comments below.

The Heat Press – Issue 15

Time for Issue Number 15 of The Heat Press – a brief roundup of news in the Kit World and Kit Community, to catch up on Issue 14 click here

The Headlines

  • Hummel in EFL
  • Chelsea – FA Cup Final
  • Tottenham Hotspur – Sponsor
  • Shrewsbury Town – Retro Shirt
  • Denmark – Another Retro Shirt

Hummel in EFL

Hummel have made big waves in the English Leagues over the last couple of season, providing bespoke kits for 11 teams this season have in the last week added two more clubs to their portfolio for 2022 / 23.

AFC Wimbledon, see Hummel return as kit manufacturer after first supplying kits in 1988… will we see a nod to those kits between 1988 and 1992?

Millwall, as a Millwall support this is big news for me with one the world’s best kit manufacturers supplying the South Londoners. I have written a more detailed article about this which you can find here

Chelsea – FA Cup Final

Chelsea will play Liverpool in 2022 FA Cup Final on Saturday 14th May at Wembley Stadium, Chelsea are the designated home team and have elected to wear all yellow against Merseysiders in an unusal kit match up between the two teams.

Chelsea wore all yellow in their Semi-Final victory against Crystal Palace but may be seen as a controversial choice for the Final.

Tottenham Hotspur – Sponsor

Tottenham Hotspur will take to the field in their home game against Leicester City on Sunday 1st May 2022 in a one off sponsor. The sponsor highlights the launch of launch of Grant A Wish with “AIA Better Lives Fund” – a charity shirt initiative raising funds for good causes in Singapore and for the Tottenham Hotspur foundation

Shrewsbury Town – Retro Shirt

The Shreswbury Town / Umbro combination has been an enjoyable partnership this season with two great kits on show in League One, however this has taken a step up with the release of a Retro Inspired Shirt this week.

The shirt is a copy of the 1977 / 78 shirt and is only available in long sleeve is sure to be a hit with fans not just of The Shrews but Kit Lovers too, a great look and is this the start of more retro inspired goodies from the Umbro locker???

The can be purchased directly from Shrewsbury Town here

Denmark – Another Retro Shirt

Another Retro inspired shirt has been released this week, with Hummel launching this 1983 remake of the Denmark Home shirt, which is the same as the shirt worn in the victory against England at Wembley as part of their qualification to Euro 84… part of the marketing is about Denmark in the 80s, does this pave the way for a kit inspired by the 1986 kits for the 2022 World Cup

And Finally….

Whats happening in the Kit Community.

I like to end each issue with some of the “going ons” within the Kit Community.

As mentioned in last week’s Heat Press, The @thekitfactor was running a knock out competition on the concept kits they designed for all English Clubs. The final was between Sunderland and Swindon Town, this Sunderland winning the final vote by a narrow margain, claiming 52.4% of the 2000 votes.

A Twitter account that I have recently found is @X_Stitch_Shirts (Cross Stitch Shirts), who makes Cross Stitch version of Shirts, check them out and some of their designs…

Another great thread on Twitter this week was from @SustainableArch who went into detail about some of the Adidas Templates over the years, looking at nearly 30 different templates since 2004 both outfield and goalkeeper kits, lots of shirts to enjoy (majority are Olympique de Marseille).

The full thread can be found here

Our friends at Talking Kit have launched a new YouTube show, called “#GetToKnow”… in the first show, they talked kit (along with @niclassicshirt) with @elclasicokits and @CornishShirt

The show can be found here

Let me know your thoughts and comments and if there is any content that you would like me to share in future issues, please message me and let me know the details or use the comments field below or contact me over on @Kit_Geek on Twitter

FA Cup – Fifth Round, Kit Review

The FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, first kicked off 150 years ago in November 1871 has now completed the 5th Round of the 2021/22 season.

Details from Round 4 can be found here – FA Cup – Fourth Round, Kit Review

The 5th Round of the competition was held mid-week between 1st March and 7th March, this meant as many games as possible could be televised. The round consisted of 16 teams, 9 Premier League Teams, 6 Championship Teams and Boreham Wood of The National League, the lowest ranked and final Non League team in the competition.

No replays from now on in the competition, so all ties were concluded in these games by Extra Time / Penalities if needed.

Fifth Round Kit Log

Manufacturers

Only six manufacturers left in the competition at this round, with a fairly even split across Puma (4), Umbro, Hummel and Nike (3), with Puma maintaining their record with the most kits in each round.

Kit Highlights

Looking at some of the highlights of the Fifth Round…

There were three teams wore have worn 3 different kits in their 3 games in the FA Cup so far, with Manchester City, Southampton and West Ham United

Boreham Wood were in a “One-off” kit for their game at Everton, this was made even more special with their Premier League hosts covering the costs of this kit, as well as other costs such as travel and hotels, a really nice touch and show of support of the Non League Team.

Let me know your favourite kits from the FA Cup Fifth Round at either the comments section below or over at Twitter – @Kit_Geek

FA Cup – Third Round, Kit Review

The FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, first kicked off 150 years ago in November 1871 has now completed the 3rd Round of the 2021/22 season.

Details from Round 2 can be found here – FA Cup – Second Round, Kit Review

The Third Round of the FA Cup, one of the best weekend’s in the Football Calendar sees the teams from the Top Tiers of English Football join the competition, the 44 Teams from The Premier League and The Championship are joined by 8 League One teams, 8 League Two Teams and 4 Non League Teams with Kidderminster Harriers being the lowest ranked team in the competition, currently in National League North (6th Tier of English Football Pyramid). Replays were scrapped from this round, so all ties were concluded in these games by Extra Time / Penalities if needed.

Third Round Kit Log

Manufacturers

14 Kit Manufacturers were used in the Third Round, this is a decrease from 16 in Second Round but saw an additional 24 teams in this round, from 40 to 64. Puma maintaining their run of most kits used in the round with 13 in total.

Umbro jumped from just the one kit in the First and Second Rounds (Shrewsbury Town) to 9 teams, the second highest used.

There were 3 manufacturers with just one kit in this round, Oneils, Surridge (Both League Two teams in Hartlepool United and Mansfield Town) and Kelme (Watford).

Kit Highlights

Looking at some of the highlights of the Third Round…

I have to start with Arsenal, who wore a special all white kit, promoting their #NoMoreRed campaign, I wrote about this in a seperate article which you can find here – Arsenal – #NoMoreRed

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The kit was all white, with white trim and numbers (no names).

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Crystal Palace used their 3rd Kit for only the second time this season (previously used in League Cup), their game at Local Rivals Millwall was one of the televised games on 8th January and it was mentioned on commentary that the kit was being used as a nod to the kit worn Crystal Palace in the first running of the competition in 1871. Also its worth giving Michael Olise special credit for his boots perfectly matching the kit in their victory.

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Newcastle United v Cambridge United gave us a nice looking kit match up, with Cambridge United in their home kit with alternative amber shorts and socks matched up against the traditional Black and White of Newcastle United.

Many teams have their own bespoke “Cup” Font that they use in various cup competitions and European Competitions. I wanted to call out one of my favourite of the 2021/22 season. Leeds United have got something very different here, especially given that have just black in the Premier League but this fluro yellow and blue nameset really works well and brings out the colour details used in Leeds United’s Adidas kit much more, given a more rounded look to the kit.

Leeds United Players Rated In Defeat Vs West Ham- The 4th Official

Let me know your favourite kits from the FA Cup Third Round at either the comments section below or over at Twitter – @Kit_Geek

The Heat Press – Issue 2

Time for Issue Number 2 of The Heat Press, if you have not read Issue 1 you can find it here – The Heat Press – Issue 1

This will be regular look at what is going on within the Kit World and Kit Community.

The Headlines

  • The Kitsman Awards, The Winners
  • #NoHomeKit – Who took part?
  • Adidas Logo change?

The Kitsman Awards

On Thursday 23rd December, The Kitsman hosted the 2021 Kit Awards, I wanted to highlighted the winners of each section in case it was missed…

The categories…

Best Tweet@CavershamUnited for this winning tweet “Alexa? What’s Sunday League Football”

Best Collection – @NorwichShirts

Knows their Kit – @museumofjerseys

Best Contributer@LaCasacaBlog

Best Photography@aleksandarjason

Best Charity Fundraiser@fsfcUK

Best Concept Shirt Designer@thekitfactor

Best Independent Store@niclassicshirt

Best Mystery Shirt Box Company@BundesligaBoxes

Best Video Content@_Spark_Academy

Best Creative Content@KitKingdom83

Best Artist@yoniweisberg

Best Verified Account@TyBracey

Best Audio / Podcast @ShirtsPod

Best Twitter Account 2021@The_Kitsman

A huge congratulations to all the winners and the finalists in each award, I also want to thank Josh over at The Kitsman for pulling this all together, it brought a lot positivity to the Kit Community but also highlighted many great accounts that are out there in the “Twitter-sphere” at the moment, check out the Kitsman timeline to find some wonderful kit content!

Shelter’s No Home Kit

Although the traditional Boxing day fixtures were severly impacted by postponments due to the current COVID-19 situation in England, we did see a couple of teams embracing this initiative….

Oldham Athletic at home to Scunthorpe United

Tranmere Rovers at home to Barrow AFC

A Special call out to Dulwich Hamlet, who also had Shelter as their Sponsor on their away kit and are auctioning their shirts to raise money for the campaign.

Adidas to change logo?

It has been reported over the last week or so that Adidas will be changing their logo from late 2022, to coincide with 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The new logo will see a slight change in the alignment of the traditional 3 Stripes and the removal of the “adidas” word mark… with those Counties with their kits manufactured by Adidas participating in the World Cup being the first kits seen with the new logo.

Full details can be found over at Footy Headlines – Link to Article click here

And Finally….

Whats happening in the Kit Community.

I want to end each issue with some of the “going ons” within the Kit Community

The guys over at Kit Mag ran a knock competition to find their follower’s Kit of 2021, the winner was the Liverpool Away kit beating Venezia away in the final with 64% of the vote.

Andorra’s Ildefons Lima Solà gave away one of Match Worn shirts as part of a Christmas giveaway and added a nice touch by signing the number

This wonderful picture was shared by @TRiCKETTengland highlighting the kits worn on 1984/85 Serie A Season

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Let me know your thoughts and comments and if there is any content that you would like me to share in coming weeks, please message me and let me know the details or use the comments field below or contact me over on @Kit_Geek on Twitter

FA Cup – First Round, Kit Review

The FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, first kicked off 150 years ago in November 1871 has now completed its full First Round of the 2021/22 season.

The first round was made up of 80 Teams made up from the 48 League One and League Two teams and then 32 teams from the Non-League English Football Pyramid, with AFC Sudbury being the lowest rank team in the round who play in the 8th Tier (Isthmian League North Division).

First Round Kit Log

The 80 Teams were provided by 23 Kit Manufactures, with 5 manufactures only supplying a non league team and not a league team, this give us kit lovers plenty of different kits to admire.

Manufacturers

Puma supplied the most kits in this round with 15 kits, 9 from League teams and 6 from Non League teams, Macron supplying 13 kits with 8 League Teams and 5 Non League Teams

There were 11 Manufacturers that provided just 1 kit in the First Round, 7 suppling League Teams and 4 supplying Non League Teams.

Uhlsport supplying 2 kits in the competition, both for Non League Teams.

First Round Replay – Kit Log

There 12 Replays in the First Round, only 4 of these games saw a repeat in kit match ups from their first ties.

Kit Highlights

I want to call out a few Kit Highlights from the total 52 First Round games.

Plymouth Argyle – The Pilgrims wore away shorts and socks in both games against Sheffield Wednesday, likely due to the clash of black shorts and dark socks but surpising they changed given that Sheffield Wednesday wore their pink away kit in their League One clash earlier in the season meaning Plymouth could wear their first choice home shorts and socks.

Leyton Orient v Ebbsfleet United – The New Balance Derby, New Balance only supplied 3 teams in First Round and two of them were drawn against each other but not one for those colourblind fans, with Red v Green (white shorts helping to distinquish the teams here).

Banbury United – They reached the First Round for the second season running and for the 2nd time in their unique kit from the team over at The Terrace, something wonderfully 90s about their red home kit.

AFC Sudbury – Had a one off kit for their historic appearence in the First Round, a Hummel Kit similar in design from the Coventry City kits from 2019/20 Season and of course based in their classic “Mexico” template. The goalkeeper kit is also worth calling out, the keeper wearing a red kit with the classic Hummel Template made famous by Tottenham Hotspur in the mid 80s

Let me know your favourite kits from the FA Cup First Round at either the comments section below or over at Twitter – https://twitter.com/kit_geek

FA Cup 2020/21 – Kit Log

The FA Cup, the oldest club competition in the world, which was first competed for in 1871 a staggering 150 years ago.

The 2020/21 competition has now completed it’s 3rd Round (well apart from one fixture which is yet to be scheduled), I wanted to document the kits worn through this season’s competition.

Round 1 – 6th to 9th November 2020 (one fixture on 26th November)

The 80 teams playing round one, were supplied by 23 different kit manufacturers

  • 15 – Macron
  • 13 – Puma
  • 12 – Errea
  • 7 – Hummel
  • 5 – Joma
  • 4 – Nike
  • 3 – Adidas, Kappa, Surridge
  • 2 – New Balance

The manufacturers with one kit on show in Round 1

  • Admiral
  • Avec
  • Elite Pro Sports
  • FBT
  • Jako
  • O’Neills
  • Player Layer
  • SK Kits
  • Tag
  • The Terrace
  • Uhlsport
  • Umbro
  • Under Armour

Round 2 – 27th to 30th November 2020

20 Teams in Round 2, this round saw 17 Different manufacturers being used

  • 8 – Puma
  • 7 – Errea, Macron
  • 2 – Hummel, Nike, Surridge

The one kit manufacturers in Round 2 are:

  • Adidas
  • Admiral
  • Avec
  • Elite Pro Sports
  • FBT
  • Jako
  • Joma
  • Kappa
  • New Balance
  • Uhlsport
  • Umbro

Kit Stats

  • Tranmere Rovers two games so far were teams wearing the same kit
  • 24 Teams wore the same kit for both rounds (22 Home Kits / 2 Away Kits
  • 16 Teams wore different kits for both rounds (13 Home / Change kits and 3 Home / Home variation)

Round 3 – 8th to 11th January (one fixture to be played)

64 Teams in Round 3, 62 teams have played their fixture with 14 manufacturers on show.

  • 11 – Puma
  • 8 – Adidas, Macron, Umbro
  • 7 – Nike
  • 6 – Errea, Hummel
  • 2 – Joma
  • 1 – Elev8, Elite Pro Sports, Kappa, Kelme, O’Neills, Surridge

Kit Stats

  • Doncaster Rovers in 3 different kits in 3 rounds (Away variation, Home, Away)
  • Plymouth Argyle in 3 different kits in 3 rounds (Home variation, Home, 3rd)
  • 8 Teams worn same kit for all 3 games

Kit Match ups

I like to look at some of the best kit match ups in competitions, in this case I will pick one per round.

Round 1 – Port Vale v King’s Lynn Town

Round 2 – Marine v Havant & Waterlooville

Round 3 – Chorley v Derby County

Let me know you favourite kit match ups through out this season’s FA Cup over at https://twitter.com/kit_geek or in the comments below.

Kit Log – Euro 2016

To coincide with my “Debut” Podcast appearence on the latest Kitted Out Podcast talking the Nike Vapor Template and Kits worn at Euro 2016, I thought I would pull together a Kit Log from that Tournament, so look back at the kits worn and some of the stats behind the kits.

Euro 2016, was hosted by France and change of format saw it become the largest European Championships to date, with the tournament being expanded to 24 teams from the 16 team that had been in place for the previous 5 tournaments dating back to Euro 96.

In terms of kits, the “Big Three” manufacturers, Nike, Adidas and Puma supplied 20 of the 24 teams qualifying for European Championships!

Kits Stats:

  • 24 Teams
  • 55 Different Kits Worn
  • 7 Kit Manufacters (Nike, Adidas, Puma, Joma, Macron, Umbro, Errea)
  • Adidas – 9 Countries
  • Nike – 6 Countries
  • Puma – 5 Countries
  • 10 Countries wore three different kit combinations
  • Only 3 Countries wore the same kit in all their games

Looking at bit more detail into the Countries kit choices, taking each Group at a time and their progress through the Tournament.

Group A

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Hosts and eventual finalists France, one of the six countries to wear the Nike Vapor Template only change from their first choice “Home” Kit once, this was kit that we discussed at length on Kitted Out Podcast where they could not wear their initial “Away” kit which broke the UEFA Equipment laws by having two different colour sleeves.  The Kit worn in the tournament, had almost grey looking sleeves instead of the red / blue in the original design.

Albania, who in their first ever tournament appearence also created a first by wearing Home, Away and 3rd choice kits in their three group games, something that I do not believe we have seen in an International Tournament before with Countries normally having just two kit options.

Group B

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England, another team with Nike Vapor Template and one that was seen by many to be a controversial choice. I am probably in the minority of England fans that liked it, it was something different and I always like to see experimentation in Kit design and this was possibly Nike’s biggest risk in the International market. The Home and Away kits were both used through the tournament but unfortunately this kit will likely always be remembered for exit at the hands of Iceland.

Wales, who reached the Semi Finals had one of the standard Adidas Templates for their home kit, however their away kit was something different with the use of the fluorescent trim really popping from the two toned grey hoops.

Group C

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Ever efficient Germany wore their Home kit in all of their six appearances, with the only variation being the use of white socks in their Quarter Final match against Italy.

Ukraine, one of the three teams (All wearing Yellow) to wear the same kit throughout the Tournament.

Poland, wearing probably the least adventurous Nike Vapor Template, no risks in colour choice, no alternative sock choice just the standard colour choices in place and an away kit that many England fans would have happily swapped for one used by the Three Lions!

Group D

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Group D is all about Turkey for me, another Nike Vapor Template and one of the more interesting designs, with a mesh like appearance in the shirt blending to black shorts / socks. They wear also one of the teams to wear three different kit combinations in their three group games, mashing up home shorts and socks with their away kit, for me the best use of Vapor Template seen on show!

An honourable mention to Spain and their away kit which contains an interesting pattern on chest and shoulder, which is to reflect the heat map of their winning goal at Euro 2012 scored by Fernando Torres.

Group E

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It was all about Belgium’s away kit for me in Group E, my favourite kit of the tournament and one that paid homage to the Belgian cycling team with the Belgian Flag being used as a chest band across the cyan shirt! It was used three times in their six games with both black and cyan shorts, both looks working in my eyes!

Italy (as Belgium) used three different kits in their six games, with two home kit combinations used, their stylish away kit only used on their opening game.

Group F

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Tournament winners Portugal, the final team to wear the Nike Vapor Template kit, also wore three different kits in their six game with their home kit being one of the best fits in colour combination of the template.

Iceland’s kit produced by Errea deserve a call out, not only a tournament to remember for their progress to the Quarter Finals but a simple, yet unique kit with the use of a single stripe made their kits stand out from some of the generic templates used by several nations.

Austria wore three different kit combinations in their only three appearances at Euro 2016.

My favourtie 5 Kits worn

Belgium Away (with black and cyan shorts)

Turkey Home

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Italy Away

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Turkey Away with Black shorts

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Iceland Away

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Euro 2016 Fixtures

An overview of the kits worn by tournament fixtures.

10th June 2016 to 18th June 2016 (Group games)

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19th June 2016 to 3rd July 2016 (Final Group Games to Quarter Finals)

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6th July 2016 to 10th July 2016 (Semi Finals and Final)

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Well there we have, let me know your favourite kits worn through out Euro 2016 and of course make sure you check out the latest Podcast from Kitted Out discuss these kits and The Nike Vapour Template.

A final thank you to Ollie from Kitted Out for intiviting me on to his Podcast and giving me an opportunity to talk about football kits, please use the link above to check out Kitted Out back catalogue, some wonderful football kit conversations to listen too.

 

 

Black Friday, Black Kits….

Today, Friday 23rd November 2018 is Black Friday.  Once just a tradition in US for sales this is now becoming more and more global.

This is something that we also see in Football Kit design, for a time Black was the rarest of kit colours due to Referees wearing black, floodlights not being powerful enough so black deemed too dark for teams to wear and probably many other reasons….

However that was all about to change, when in the opening game of the 1993/94 season Queens Park Rangers wore their black 3rd kit away at Aston Villa (thank you to Dennis over at Musuem of Jerserys for the information here), this was then followed by Manchester United (see Title Image of this post) introduced their new away kit from Umbro in the 1993/94 season.

So after posting the below this morning on Twitter:

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I though I would myself a little challenge, could I find Black away kits worn by the current Premier League teams…. so here we go, 20 Black Kits to look back on (please forgive me as I am not going into too much detail with each kit).

Arsenal:

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Arsenal had this Black/Grey kit last season (2017/8) from Puma, the kit was highlighted with Neon Pink.

AFC Bournemouth:

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Neon highlights seem all the rage in 2017/8, this kit with Neon Green for Bournemouth by Umbro.

Brighton and Hove Albion:

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Another 2017/18 Black and Neon kit, the 3rd kit from Nike for Brighton this one with yellow.

Burnley:

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Stepping back a bit further here with Burnley, to 2014/15 kit from Puma.

Cardiff City:

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Cardiff City had this black away kit in 2010/11 season from Puma, one of the clubs where a black kit was harder to find over the years.

Chelsea:

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Chelsea a team that see black used quite often in their away kit colour palette rotation, I went with this one from 2011/12 season by Adidas.

Crystal Palace:

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Black a popular choice last season, so back to 2017/18 season for this Macron kit for Crystal Palace.

Everton:

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This one is one of my favourites, proving that neon in kits is not a recent trend, Everton away from 2009/10 season by Le Coq Sportif.

Fulham:

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A simple but effective black kit for Fulham from Kappa in the 2011/12 season.

Huddersfield Town:

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Huddersfield Town, another team where a black kit was harder to find, they did have this away kit in the 2013/14 season from Puma.

Leicester City:

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Back again to 2017/18 season, this time Leicester’s away from Puma was Black and gold.

Liverpool:

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One of my favourtie Adidas Liverpool kits here, the 2009/10 away kit.  Although Liverpool are another club who we often see in black, this kit with its gold stripes and red trim works the best for me.

Manchester City:

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As the money rolled into Manchester City, a black kit from Umbro worn by the likes of Robinho and Carlos Tevez (Above) was used in 2009/10 season.

Manchester United:

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The original Black Kit team… Manchester United, again another club where we often see black as chosen kit colour, this one is the away kit from Nike in 2003/04 season.

Newcastle United:

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Newcastle United, the historic Black and White stripes, did also turn out last season (popular season for Black kits) in this all black kit, there are shadow stripes also in this 3rd kit giving it that distinctive feel for Newcastle, great kit here from Puma.

Southampton:

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Probably the least Black on show here but this is one I really liked from 2017/18 season, Under Armour produced this design for Southampton’s away kit.

Tottenham Hotspur:

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There are not many Black kits in the locker for Tottenham Hotspur, this 3rd kit from Puma was the first black kit in the club’s history from 2008/09 season.

Watford:

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Watford for me surprisingly have not had a many black away kits over the years, black also playing a prominent part in many of the home kits, but there was this away kit from Puma in the 2015/16 season.

West Ham United:

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Another Black and neon combo on show for West Ham from last season (2017/18), just to make sure we got the whole highlighter package, this time blue is the neon colour included by Umbro.

Wolverhampton Wanderers:

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Finally to Wolves and again to last season (2017/18) where their Championship winning campaign was supported by this away kit from Puma.

So there we have it, my challenge to find a black kit for each of the current Premier League teams is complete.

As it turns out, from being on of the rarest colours to find for a football kit, black is now probably one of the most common go to colours for kit manufactures when looking at club’s away kits.

Has your team or nation had a Black kit, let me know and let me know any other Black kits that work for you.