For those of you that listen to our West Ham Way podcast regularly will know that I had already described the home and away shirts having seen photos from my source at Umbro.
Well, the home kits is now launched and matches the description that I gave. At the time of writing this article, the away shirt was not yet released but follows in the classic template of the light blue shirt with two claret hoops going round the shirt.
The shorts match the kit colour and it looks a nice shirt but a style that has been repeated many times throughout our history. When set the task of thinking of my favourite kits, I really did struggle a bit.
I am a bit of a West Ham memorabilia collector/hoarder and I do not pay that much attention to the style or design – I will buy it no matter what. So when I think of shirts I like, I often associate them with good times or a match rather than the actual colours, patterns and materials.
The first choice of favourite kits I am going for featured in my second real year of going to games and wasn’t the sort of design you had seen with West Ham before. The kit is often said to resemble Argentina’s shirt and was first introduced in the 1991-1992 season during preseason in a 6-1 loss to Italian side Sampdoria in the Makita Cup.
Blowing Bubbles columnist George Parris netted our consolation effort – and still talks up that goal to this day if his recent ‘virtual evening with’ is anything to go by! I love the kit and happier times wearing it were when we won 1-0 at Arsenal with Mike Small scoring the winning goal at Highbury.
I also liked the designs that featured Adidas in the 2014-2016 seasons. The home one with the famous light Adidas marking on top of the kit, was one that in my opinion looked good on the eye and is a shame that we didn’t have Adidas for very long.
Everyone remembers the first ever kit that they bought and mine is the classic home shirt from 1989. Very simple in its design, with little squares of crossed irons on every other part of the shirt.
I now collect West Ham shirts and want to get all the away shirts from my time going too so I regularly look online to see if anyone is selling them. The shirts I now tend to wear more of, however, are retro ones with the 1975 cup final one being my most worn.
Over the lockdown period and without any games to talk about Dave Walker (The podcast co-host) and myself interviewed many ex players. In no particular order the players were: James Collins, Jack Collison, Peter Butler, Tim Breacker, Craig Forrest, Jimmy Quinn, Iain Dowie, Brian Deane and Julien Faubert. These podcasts produce an interesting insight into their time at the club.
The podcast has been shortlisted in the Football blogging awards in the best category so if you do not listen already I hope that you will give us a chance. PS I am the one with the funny voice.