It has been a while since the release of new home and away kits have been met with universal approval, but this was the case as soon as the 2018/19 editions were revealed.
With the end of the season awards taking place at the world’s first pop up mall, Boxpark, for the second year in succession, there was plenty of anticipation ahead of the kit release.
Much had been rumoured across social media about the potential styles and plenty of concepts had been doing the rounds which is common with most clubs these days. As the club came to the end of the deal with Macron who, to be fair, had done a fairly decent job in their stint as kit makers, it was time to reveal who was to take up the mantle.
PUMA are the next to try and appease the fans with their designs and we have to say, they have made an excellent start. The German company will supply kits to all Palace teams which were revealed in quite a way.
‘The Palace Fade Stripe’ is the home kit which retains the traditional red and blue stripes, with the red fading to blue down the shirt. The tinge of yellow on the kit remains – the famous PUMA logo, rims of the shirt sleeves and neck line. Both the shorts and socks remain blue with red trim.
‘The Palace PUMA Sash’ features the iconic Palace design that was voted the best in a recent kit poll which TEB conducted on Twitter.
The design is celebrating its 40th anniversary and fans have plenty of fond memories of the “Team of the 80s” wearing on their way to promotion to the First Division.
With a third kit yet to be unveiled, the away kit moves away from the black number that was a favourite among the fans last season and if the comments across social media are to be believed, next seasons sash will be even more popular and rightly so.
In what was a link to the past, both Vince Hilaire and Jim Cannon were involved in the kit reveal by a club that does not forget its past and where it came from along with those that have contributed along the way. Once again, it was a nice touch by the club to include such iconic players and providing a real link between the past and present which is something the new kits are clearly showing.
Talking to the official club website, Steve Parish said:
“The sash has a real resonance for our supporters because the team that first wore it was one of the finest in the club’s history. The teams of that era featured several fantastic young players and it is apt that we are bringing back the sash at a time when we have so much exciting young talent coming through our academy. The home kit is equally exciting and promises to be a real favourite with our supporters.”
Paul Spencer from PUMA said:
“We are thrilled to welcome Palace to the PUMA family. It is a positive time for the club as they continue to establish themselves as a solid Premier League team. We are excited to partner with the Eagles as they head into their sixth consecutive Premier League season.”
Both kits will be worn for the first time during pre-season and will be on sale from early July with pre-orders available to be made now.