Everton had announced a couple of months ago that they will be staying with Umbro for next season at least, but no clarification was issued regarding the length or financial terms of the contract extension. Everton and Umbro first worked together back in the ‘70s, and the manufacturer then returned as kit supplier ahead of the 2014-15 season.
While a number of Blues were disappointed by the move, there was a feeling that Umbro being a smaller company would be able to dedicate more resources towards designing the new Everton kit for the 2019-20 season, as opposed to the cookie-cutter strips that larger kitmakers like Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Puma have often done.
Now the club have finally announced the kits for next season, would you say Umbro have lived up to their end of the deal?
| How the Archibald Leitch steelwork synonymous with Goodison Park became immortalised in fabric.— Everton (@Everton) July 4, 2019
Our new 2019-20 home kit! Pre-order now in time for release on 18 July. @UmbroUK
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The new design features the distinctive Archibald Leitch designed criss-crossed steelwork from the Bullens Road stand at Goodison. Umbro also say they have taken inspiration from previous kits including the one from the 1987 title-winning season and Everton’s first ever Premier League campaign in 1992.
They will wear the kit for the first time against Kariobangi Sharks in the SportPesa Trophy in Nairobi on Sunday.
Speaking about the new kit Tom Davies said:
“I really like how Umbro have blended a retro feel into a modern kit, and I think the fans will like it, too. The Archibald Leitch design is synonymous with matchdays at Goodison.”
After the announcement yesterday that the new kit would be revealed today, pictures hit the internet claiming those to be the leaked kits - see those here.
So, what do you think of the new kit? What are your favourite features, and what are you unimpressed by?
The Toffees also announced the release of a limited edition ‘shirtzine’ called St Domingo that highlights and celebrates the new kit.