Birmingham City’s kit reveal is often one of the highlights of the close season as fans get ready for the new campaign.
Amid the various shades of Blue and White there’s been yellow, red and even a throwback striped version in recent years.
So, as excitement builds, here’s what we know so far.
When’s it coming?
All we’ve got at this stage is ‘launched in June’. Traditionally it’s been early to mid June for the home kit and July for the away.
With the pandemic delaying the end to the 2019/2020 season and the start of 2020/2021, it wasn’t until August 15 that the club unveiled the current Blues strip. Then, on August 27, they revealed a red away kit.
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What have the club said?
Blues issued a club update on a range of topics on May 14 – with information about the stadium, season tickets, academy – and kit.
This is what they said: “The Club is also in the process of drawing up plans to reveal our new home and away kits for the 2021/22 season.
“We have listened to the feedback we received following last season’s strip and having made some changes, are confident that the new kit will be popular amongst our supporters.
“Sadly, we cannot give too much away but we hope it will be worth the wait, with the home kit set to be launched in June!
“Again, we would like to reiterate our thanks for your patience during this period and look forward to welcoming you home in the coming months.”
On June 25, 2020, Blues confirmed Nike as their kit supplier for the next four years – so there’s three more seasons of the ‘Swoosh’ to come.
Departed CEO Dong Ren said at the time: “Nike is one of the most iconic brands in the world and we look forward to working with them.”
That ended a three year deal with adidas.
This photo has been doing the rounds on social media recently ahead of the official unveiling of the new home Blues top.
As with any photos such as this, a pinch of salt is advised, but the styled sleeves resemble one of Nike’s new templates. It would mean at return to the all blue, after the white sleeves and collar of last season.
Nike and BoyleSports are of course still present on the shirt, though some supporters have pointed out that they hope to see the return of the embroidered club crest, as opposed to the ironed on badge.
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In April it was confirmed that Boyle Sports would be the front-of-shirt sponsors for another two seasons and that the deal was the ‘largest for a decade’.
The announcement read: “During its tenure as principal kit sponsor, BoyleSports has backed the club financially, donated to charity partners including University Hospitals Birmingham, and brought the city together for a friendly battle of the West Midlands tournament at St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy stadium.
“This aspect of community support will continue across BoyleSports’ agreement with Blues, with the family-owned betting company looking to help the club connect with local fans through player appearances, outreach to supporters’ groups and much more.”
So, we know it’s Blue and White, produced by Nike and will have the same sponsors as last year.
Cal : All you had to do was make the sleeves blue fellas
Khalil Reid: Think I’ll just buy the new Ipswich kit instead I’d it’s cheaper
James Cope: Better than last season. It’ll grow on us this one.
Tro : I actually really like it. Smart
LeeW1875 : Collars do not belong on football shirts….
Gary J Richards : Actually like it – improvement on last season!