With just under a week to go before the kickoff of the highly-anticipated Football League Sky Bet Championship season, this is the third in our four part look – English Championship 2014/15 Jerseys – Part 2 and English Championship Promotion Hopefuls Showing New Looks – at the kits that will be worn by the teams of England’s second tier of soccer for their 2014/15 campaigns.
This time around we’ll be looking at six teams who are considered longshots for promotion but who do have firmly established reputations including recent Premier League experience.
Premier League champions in 1995, Blackburn Rovers FC have been in The Championship since suffering relegation in 2012. The club has since switched kit providers from Umbro to Nike who have furnished the team with a home kit in their famous blue and white halves and a bright blue away jersey for the 14/15 season. Given the resulting potential for kit clashes we expect to see a third shirt released by Rovers soon.
Now in the process of rebuilding under new boss José Riga, the Seasiders will be looking to better their twentieth place league finish last time out. As the rejuvenation of Blackpool continues, the club has only released a mainly black third kit for the upcoming season.
They will wear the same white Errea away jersey as last season during the 2014/15 football calendar. Controversial short-term loan company Wonga will be Blackpool’s shirt sponsor again this season.
Now managed by former Republic of Ireland captain and boss Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town FC have signed a kit deal with adidas after several years with Mitre. Their 2014/15 home and away kits were among the first launched for the new season featuring the now ubiquitous Condivo 14 template.
The retro feel provided by the new design is reminiscent of the shirts worn by The Tractor Boys during their heyday of the late 1970s and early 1980s when they won the FA Cup and UEFA Cup (now the Europa League).
The 2004 League Cup winners and 2005 UEFA Europa League runners-up have been unable to return to the Premier League since their relegation in 2009. In their now five years in the Championship, Boro have been donning adidas kits in their traditional red and white.
This time out sees the club in a home shirt featuring what has proven to be a very popular sash and v-neck collar. The away jersey looks just as good courtesy of a series of hoops in two shades or dark blue and accents in neon yellow. Pawn outfit Ramsdens appear on the front of both.
Among the world’s oldest clubs at 147, Sheffield Wednesday FC are heading into their third consecutive season in the Championship following a couple of years in League One. The Owls will wear kits from Sondico this campaign following the end of their five year deal with Puma.
To date Wednesday have only launched a 2014/15 home shirt in their customary blue and white stripes. They have also announced the country of Azerbaijan as their shirt sponsor thus sharing the honor with Spanish La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
A Premier League club as recently as 2013, Wolverhampton Wanderers are back in the Championship after a tumultuous period that saw them slip all the way down into League One.
Establishing their place in the Championship will be Wolves’ goal during the 2014/15 season with hopes of successive promotions possibly in the back of boss Kenny Jackett’s mind.
Wolverhampton will return to action in kits from technical sponsor Puma that use new templates from the German firm. Their home shirt in the club’s gold with black accents while the away uniform is an all-white affair punctuated by black for a clean and class look. It may not bode well on the muddy winter pitches of some of the league’s smaller teams (the subjects of our next installment).