West Ham United recently announced it has extended its deal with kit makers Umbro after much speculation.
The Hammers were going into the last of a five-year agreement with the football brand next season.
Rumours had suggested Nike was being lined up to replace Umbro.
But West Ham’s kits will now continue to be made by Umbro until 2023 (whufc.com).
Umbro under pressure to do anniversaries justice
That means the company will be under pressure to produce a set of kits befitting two important anniversaries in the next couple of years.
Next season marks 40 years since West Ham’s last major trophy triumph, the 1-0 FA Cup win over Arsenal.
That victory has a place in history as the Hammers are the last team outside the top flight to win the cup.
As a result the kits from that season are iconic.
Fans ‘in the know’ say concept kit is close to real thing
And speculation among West Ham fans is that next season’s kit will closely resemble the 1980s strips.
Pictures being shared of a design by RevXSports Design apparently bear a striking resemblance to the real thing.
Messages shared online and between Hammers fans on various groups show the concept design. And those claiming to have seen the real thing insist it is a very close match.
Of course the Nike and old school West Ham badges aside.
Is this how the new West Ham kit will look?
If accurate the new shirt contains lots of blue – something missing from several of Umbro’s efforts in recent years much to the disappointment of supporters.
And the design mimics that of the 1979/80 Adrmiral kit, minus the collar.
The club usually reveals the new kit in June for pre-orders ahead of a July release so it is a case of watch this space.
Umbro face even bigger pressure to produce the goods for the 20/21 season. That is when the club will be marking its 125th anniversary.