After reading that the new kit would be available to pre-order this Friday, I thought I'd have a look to see if there were any links and lo and behold:
Follow the link to see next season's kits. Personally, I'm not too happy, the away kit is the generic Umbro effort and West Ham already have it for next season (in different colours). Not too much change; they are decent, nothing special.
Louis Huglin, Posted 04/06/2008 at 13:31:12
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1 Posted 04/06/2008 at 13:42:11
2 Posted 04/06/2008 at 14:11:27
3 Posted 04/06/2008 at 14:13:26
We’re never going to improve our poor merchandising income without proper marketing and distribution!
4 Posted 04/06/2008 at 14:16:15
I dont mind the away one to be honest... shame its the same style as West Hams!
5 Posted 04/06/2008 at 14:20:59
6 Posted 04/06/2008 at 14:28:22
7 Posted 04/06/2008 at 14:33:35
The home kit is always going to look pretty much the same as if it wasn’t 99% blue there would be uproar!
8 Posted 04/06/2008 at 14:38:33
9 Posted 04/06/2008 at 14:39:57
Also, the writing on the arm is a nice touch but would have preffered Nil Satis Nisi Optimum.
10 Posted 04/06/2008 at 14:43:54
11 Posted 04/06/2008 at 14:56:52
12 Posted 04/06/2008 at 15:02:45
I don’t mind the back design on it though, looks almost like wings but I doubt it is the real thing
13 Posted 04/06/2008 at 15:04:02
I dont want pink stripes or a massive great picture of Bill Kenwrights head on it like those t-shirts you can get with Stalin on them... but some bloody imagination wouldn’t go a miss!
14 Posted 04/06/2008 at 15:01:17
15 Posted 04/06/2008 at 15:16:10
16 Posted 04/06/2008 at 15:35:34
Mind you, at least it isn’t as bad as that chocolate away of Coventry’s from many moons ago.
17 Posted 04/06/2008 at 15:53:31
IF you don?t like it don?t buy it!! Surely thats the best way to tell the club we don?t care for the new kits.
As for people complaining about the design. I mean come on really is it that big a deal that there is no major changes?
most teams don?t change the overall kit by much each season.
In response to Patty. When kit is made at first there not branded with sponsors. Generally they are sent to someone else for that. The picture looks like its from the design room or mock up room anyway.
18 Posted 04/06/2008 at 15:55:08
19 Posted 04/06/2008 at 15:57:45
20 Posted 04/06/2008 at 15:59:25
I dont understand why the changes are so remote. Why are we with Umbro?!?!?
21 Posted 04/06/2008 at 16:07:40
Neil asks why are we with Umbro!! Why do we stick with JJB. See on the OS that our sponsors, Chang, are being dropped from Junior shirts as they would be advertising alcohol - that is brilliant!!
22 Posted 04/06/2008 at 16:00:33
I’ll buy it anyway cos I’m a mug (prob not dissimilar to the rest of the posters here), just saying....
23 Posted 04/06/2008 at 16:10:10
It seems ’branding’ is more important than ever these days, so why not reflect that in the kit? Tradional stuff, none of yer new-fangled fancy-dan guff ... rant rant ... drone drone ... (hahaha)
24 Posted 04/06/2008 at 16:13:24
Steve - "As for people complaining about the design. I mean come on really is it that big a deal that there is no major changes"
Yes it does matter, whats the point in changing it if it just looks exactly the same. I want a kit that stands out for being new and looks good... if i’m going to shell out my hard earned cash then I want something significantly different to last years (or even 2 seasons before that) kit! As far as i’m concerned chnaging the collar a bit and putting a fish skeleton on the back does not cut the mustard... and does not warant charging another bloody £50 for.
25 Posted 04/06/2008 at 16:54:35
26 Posted 04/06/2008 at 16:50:10
27 Posted 04/06/2008 at 17:01:47
I bought the 3rd kit top last season but if that is the real thing it will be three seasons on the bounce where I have not bought the home kit
28 Posted 04/06/2008 at 17:41:21
And any way - its the quallity in the kit that counts lads. Its not a fashion show!!
29 Posted 04/06/2008 at 17:44:19
30 Posted 04/06/2008 at 17:44:51
31 Posted 04/06/2008 at 17:47:49
To be fair to Umbro they have produced some smart kits of late. Puma only produced one good one ( the 100 years one in 02/03 ), the other two, especially that first one with the white blocks under the arms was the worst one EVER!
Most important thing for me though is the WHITE SOCKS! An absolute must - we are not Ipswich, Birmingham, Leister or Millwall!
32 Posted 04/06/2008 at 18:11:28
33 Posted 04/06/2008 at 18:12:01
According to this link (see the bottom of the history section), the takeover is approved and was due to be completed back in February. No updates since then, don’t know if anyone else can shed some light on this..? What’s the hold up?!
34 Posted 04/06/2008 at 18:15:09
That is positive disgrimination!!!
Think a petittion is in order!
I dont agree with the whole idea!
35 Posted 04/06/2008 at 18:20:13
36 Posted 04/06/2008 at 19:26:25
I’m with you, fella. I’m thinking of starting "KCOOS" (Keep Chang Off Our Shirts, obviously).
The banner is attached and the propeller is running as we speak.
Do we need a vote first, or are we good to go?
37 Posted 04/06/2008 at 19:29:43
Nike bought the Umbro brand and will continue to run it as Umbro. They didn’t buy it to turn it into Nike.
We’re still with Umbro. There’s no hold-up.
38 Posted 04/06/2008 at 20:15:48
39 Posted 04/06/2008 at 21:39:45
40 Posted 04/06/2008 at 22:13:00
It looks poor in a photo but may look alright in real life!
41 Posted 04/06/2008 at 22:50:00
42 Posted 04/06/2008 at 23:12:37
Home strip isn’t too bad though.
43 Posted 05/06/2008 at 08:29:51
44 Posted 05/06/2008 at 09:48:51
45 Posted 05/06/2008 at 10:13:53
46 Posted 05/06/2008 at 10:20:08
The away kit however - if that is to be the real one - I can’t stand. I imagine that will be out in September at this rate!
"The shirt is anatomically cut in order to emphasise the athleticism of the player, incorporates a trilogy back panel developed to include a zonal bodymap mesh design and a twill mesh body fabric that makes the shirt lightweight and breathable."
Trilogy back panel? Zonal bodymap mesh design? Twill mesh? Sounds more like the Millennium Falcon than a football shirt.
Worried about what the back looks like having seen the pirate photos though. We shall see.
47 Posted 05/06/2008 at 10:22:22
THe power of the fans is mighty if everyone who didn?t like them refused to buy them.
The reason that never works is because a lot of people who at first didn?t like it go and buy it anyway.
And then theres the rest of the fans who will buy it anyway.
Everton Know that in fact most Prem teams know it. Why make massive changes or be inventive? if most of your fans will buy it anyway.
48 Posted 05/06/2008 at 11:46:32
Fulham are introducing collars back into kits so I’m glad they stayed up.
49 Posted 05/06/2008 at 11:52:55
50 Posted 05/06/2008 at 11:52:50
51 Posted 05/06/2008 at 12:02:53
52 Posted 05/06/2008 at 12:24:41
This is really lazy by Umbro and I have lost a lot of respect for them. I won’t get into what I think of the powers that be at EFC, but I will only accept such shoddy merchandise if the playing staff are improved and we get success on the pitch.
The Puma kit with Keijan as the sponsor was the best kit we’ve seen in a long time IMHO.
53 Posted 05/06/2008 at 11:58:31
I think we are the only club in the premier league, probably Europe that changes their home shirt every season?
By doing this, they get the reaction like all the posts before mine, "its just like last years", "they just changed the collar a bit" etc... and they are valid statements, thats what it looks like they are doing.
At this stage, I get the home shirt every few years as they are quite similar. I got the 2005 one that we wore the season we played Villarreal and I got last seasons as it was quite nice... I don’t think I need another shirt that looks pretty much the same and I reckon a lot of people feel the same.
I would guess that they would make a lot more money on their home kits if they changed them every 2 years like all the other teams as the majority of supporters would actually buy it as it would actually seem ’new’.
I think Everton definitely need to change their policy on this. Fair enough, change the away kit every season, but the home shirt needs to stay for 2 years at a minimum.
I generally like Umbro designs. They make good quality, classic looking shirts and they do look better than a lot of the shirts that have been released recently by the likes of Puma, Reebok etc. For me though, Adidas always make quality kits and I would like to see us move to Adidas.
54 Posted 05/06/2008 at 12:53:59
55 Posted 05/06/2008 at 13:27:46
"I won?t get into what I think of the powers that be at EFC, but I will only accept such shoddy merchandise if the playing staff are improved and we get success on the pitch"
I have missed something here, I don?t entirely like the home top and I haven?t bought one for 2 seasons, after the one with the collar but how is this "shoddy" and how are the board inept?
They are making money hand over fist with the new kits, every season.
I bought the 3rd kit last year and will probably get one this year, haven?t decided which one yet, will wait for the 3rd kit again, hoping it is not the illuminous yellow that has been suggested.
However, whichever one I buy that is £40/50 to the club (via the Everton Megastore site, fuck JJB) maybe even a pair of shorts so that is money that they wouldn?t have had if they didn?t have new kits.... a bit short of being inept in my book.
56 Posted 05/06/2008 at 13:49:02
Still, if we have a good season they can all wear mankini’s for all it matters!
57 Posted 05/06/2008 at 16:44:34
JJB retail partner ?
This is the north's busiest shopping street and we are not represented in any way. Someone needs a rocket up their arse at Everton..............
Sadly lots of people commute to their place of work in sunny Manchester from Liverpool and the surrounding areas... for fuck's sake need I go on......?
58 Posted 05/06/2008 at 18:28:11
59 Posted 05/06/2008 at 20:35:13
60 Posted 05/06/2008 at 22:06:32
I thought it was also against the trade act these days to change kits every season?
Anyway, I’m with Damian and Chris, Adidas make the best kits around at the moment. Anything from Nike is just generic and lacks invididuality, unless it’s made for Manure.
61 Posted 06/06/2008 at 01:11:08
Also an utter joke in the appearance, quite simply the most hideous everton shirt since the pink disaster a few years back. The patterns on the back of the shirts are shocking, and the away kits are even worse. Pathetic stripes and one of the most boring colours you will ever see. i think a 4 year old child could desgin a better shirt, than the incompetent neanderthals that made these disgraces.
62 Posted 05/06/2008 at 19:15:42
Sorry to gripe but it's the truth. As much as I adore my Club, I will not buy it. I will don my shirt from 2/3 seasons ago. It's no different and I don't care how hardened a supporter you are, if you buy it then you have more money than sense.
1 Adult & 1 Child season ticket £700. 1 shirt for said child £29.99. 1 hotdog for child to get on his shirt £2.50. 1 drink for child £1.50. 1 Beer for me £3.10. 1 pie for me £3.00. Petrol £5.00. Multiple through the season (& without away/Europe games).... WHO IS SHAFTING WHO AND LAUGHING???
No wonder we are so important to the club. I must remember all of this the next time that prick Yakubu drives past all of the people/kids freezing their bollocks off waiting for an autograph. Still,at least he can take comfort in the knowledge that he (and some others, you know who I mean Joey Yobo) picked up their wages that they honestly grafted a 12-hr shift for.
63 Posted 06/06/2008 at 08:15:39
I think those that are pissed off know the club is flogging a new jersey every season and holding us by emotional blackmail. There’s a bit in all of us that want every new kit, just as much as we want to watch Everton even if we play shit. It’s the extra 40-odd quid per jersey that’s the problem.
64 Posted 06/06/2008 at 10:07:47
If you look at the Liverpool and Chelsea kits they are identical (but for the different colour obviously).
Kit manufacturers have 1 (or sometimes 2) designs and all the clubs get the same in their own colour scheme.
In fairness to Everton with the wording on the sleeve they have tried to make it different from the others in the only way they could.
65 Posted 06/06/2008 at 18:11:38
Yes it's similar to last seasons but then again who cares what the kit is like as long as Everton have another good season and play well in it? It's got to be blue and yet people still complain but there would be real cause for complaint if it was blue with a yellow band through the middle like one we had years ago that made us look like Man City, sky blue with a yellow band, it still sticks out in memory.
66 Posted 06/06/2008 at 19:02:34
Our away strip should be the pink one. This would sell in it?s thousands to men, women and neutral fans - especially if we kept a clear link to the breast cancer charity - £x goes to charity for each shirt sold.
It would give us great kudos and lift our profile nationally - what Alan Robinson said...
the brand of the kit is irrelevant, the design and imagination of the commercial dept are critical.