This is the second in our four part look at the kits of England’s always exciting second tier of soccer – The Football League Championship.
Having already delved into the shirt to be worn by the league’s promotions favorites early this week, here are the kits of the six of its bigger clubs. They are all expected to be contenders for the 2014/15 Championship Playoffs come next spring.
A Premier League club and League Cup champions as recently as 2011, Birmingham City FC have been able to navigate The Championship well over the past three decades. With three promotions to their credit in the 2000s, The Blues are always a force to be reckoned with in the league.
For the 2014/15 season BCFC will switch kit providers from Diadora to Carbrini and wear a three uniform range that includes a home shirt in the team’s traditional blue, a red away jersey and a bright orange third kit. Mobile payment startup zapaygo is the team’s new shirt sponsor.
The current team of USA internationals Tim Ream and Stuart Holden, Bolton have been playing in The Championship for the past two seasons after over a decade in the Premier League.
The Trotters will return to action in two weeks in their familiar white jerseys from new technical sponsor Macron. The new shirt is accented with the club’s secondary dark blue which is the main color on Bolton’s away jersey. Both use a contemporary collared design and a sponsored by sustainable energy firm FibrLec.
Brighton and Hove Albion
After a run with Italy’s Errea Brighton & Home Albion signed a kit deal with Nike over the summer. The Seagulls recently unveiled their new look for the 2014/15 season with a three shirt range led by a home kit in their familiar blue and white stripes.
Last season’s sixth placed finishers will wear black and red striped away and orange and black third jerseys as their alternates as they seek a return to the top flight of English football for the first time since 1983.
Brighton is managed by legendary Liverpool FC defender Sami Hyypiä.
The all white strips of Leeds United AFC became famous in the late sixties and early seventies when the team was a perennial First Division (predecessor to the Premier League) and FA Cup titles contender.
Now firmly established in The Championship after suffering relegation from the Premier League then to League One, Leeds United will be looking towards next season and another shot a returning to a division that they last won in 1992.
The Whites will do so in sleek home kit from Italy’s Macron that features touches of the blue and yellow of the Leeds badge in the collar and sleeve cuff areas. Enterprise Insurance will sponsor LUFC’s shirt for the third season running in 2014/15.
adidas’ omnipresent Condivo 14 kit template makes another appearance via the Nottingham Forest FC 2014/15 home and away kits.
Always looking for promotion back to a division they last won in 1978 along with the first of their two European Cup titles, Forest will don their traditional red at home and white on the road. Both jerseys features pinstripes and v-neck collars for an effect that harkens back to the kits of the clubs glory days.
Full of full internationals from the Republic of Ireland, Wales and Jamaica along with the USA’s Danny Williams, Reading FC just missed a promotion playoff berth last season.
The former Premier League side is once again in PUMA kits for the 2014/15 campaign with the home shirt in the customary blue and white hoops of The Royals. This year’s shirt uses a heavier does of white than usual and is given a classic feel via a clever polo collar.
Reading has opted for black for its alternate shirt with sponsor and PUMA logos in white. It features a rugby style collar in red that matches the kit’s taping.
Online grocery store Waitrose once again adorns the Reading FC kits with its logo.