The Kit Room 2010-2019

2010/11

Manufacturer – Hummel

Main home Shirt Sponsor – Braehead Shopping Centre

One off away Shirt Sponsor – Radio Clyde Cash for Kids

Rear of shirt and shorts sponsor – Compass Private Car Hire.

In the final year of the Hummel deal, the Danish manufacturers provided a standard style black and white shirt, with black socks and shorts. The rear of the shirt had a black panel for name and number. The away kit meanwhile was a return to all sky blue which was becoming more regular.

As a one off for the Scottish Cup tie with Ayr United, Saints played in a red and black striped shirt with black shorts, with local charity ‘Cash For Kids’ on the front, this was not available to purchase.

2011/12

Manufacturer – Carbrini

Main home Shirt Sponsor – Fila

Main away Shirt Sponsor – Braehead Shopping Centre

Following the end of the deal with Hummel, English based JD sports won a six year contract to supply the club with merchandise as well as brand the stadium with their name, promising bespoke strips unique to the club.  As they owned several established sportswear brands, the manufacturer logo and sponsor changed throughout the period, but their first offering was from Carbrini, and sponsored by Fila who were a former clothing giant that had been saved by the English company after a buyout.

The home kit had a smart three black striped shirt with black shorts and socks, and the away kit red and black stripes with red shorts and socks, with both proving popular with supporters after years of off the shelf templates from the previous supplier.

On the left, young Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy, signed from Bolton in 2010. Despite showing flashes of brilliance he was released due to homesickness and returned to Australia in 2012. Four years later Manchester City signed him, and he transferred to Huddersfield Town for £10 million the following season. Next to Mooy is Paul McGowan, another talented midfielder who won man of the match in the 2013 League Cup final after another fine performance. McGowan was released in 2014 after a string of off-filed issues.

2012/13

Manufacturer – Diadora

Main Shirt Sponsor – Diadora

With a shift to an Italian manufacturer by origin, (Diadora, who were also now owned by JD sports) a splendid crew neck style white collared simple black and white strip was released with white shorts and socks. In truth, it was stunning and deserved to win something, which of course Saints duly did by lifting the League Cup.

To celebrate the 135th anniversary of the club, fans were asked to vote on a kit to mark the occasion that would be based on the very first colours of the team (for six years between 1877 and 1883) which was purple and blue, and the supporters opted for a direct replica kit with very thin hoops. The standard away kit was also very popular, encompassing a red diagonal stripe down an all-black strip. Two goalkeeper kits were on offer.

Conor Newton and Paul Dummett, both on loan from Newcastle United and played in the 2013 League Cup final with Newton scoring the winner.

On the left, the official wording on the 2013 League Cup Final shirt and the 135th Anniversary badge.

2013/14

Manufacturer – Diadora

Main Shirt Sponsor – Blacks Life Outdoors

As the deal with JB Sports reached year three, the corporate colours of the sponsor was introduced to the kit, with a controversial yellow trimming and flashing spoiling an otherwise decent black and white striped shirt with white socks and shorts.

The away shirt was also yellow; although this was so luminous it looked like something rescuers from Chernobyl would have put on. The black shorts however gave it some respectability. The goalkeeper once more had three to choose from. A third kit, which was all red with one black Paisley pattern stripe was also used.

The 2013/14 away shirt worn by David Van Zanten and the Paisley Pattern swirl through the black stripe.

2014/15

Manufacturer – Carbrini

Main Shirt Sponsor – JD Sports King of Trainers

In a move described beforehand as a “fresh take on the stripes”, words of dread for most traditionalists, the new multiple striped home kit with predictable yellow trimmings was released to a rather bemused public, and suddenly the 1987-89 bib strip looked like something Michelangelo had designed. The latest take on the yellow away kit also had a strange look, as it appeared a proper black and white strip had been painted over and then a section rubbed out. Thankfully the goalkeeper had only one strip this relegation season.

2015/16

Manufacturer – Carbrini

Main Shirt Sponsor – JD Sports King of Trainers

After the feedback regarding the previous kits, supplier Carbrini moved back to a more traditional style shirt, much to the relief of practically every supporter, and this smart three black stripe effort dovetailed nicely with black shorts and socks. The away kit was also a return to something far more traditional with an all red approach. Three kits returned once again for the goalkeeper.

2016/17

Manufacturer – Carbrini

Main Shirt Sponsor – JD Sports King of Trainers

To commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the 1987 Scottish cup win, Cabrini released an all-white kit with black pinstripes, and the silver shadow contained between the stripes had the names of the Saints players involved that day.

Although white shorts were used in the 1987 cup final, it was not the preferred choice for this kit in the three seasons leading up to it, with black ones almost always used, therefore it was no surprise to see a change to black shorts during the season as the side struggled to win (December was the first league victory) and a superstitious Jack Ross tried everything to improve the fortunes of the team.

The away shirt was the same as the previous season minus one black flash, with white instead of red shorts, however on occasions the red shorts reappeared if there was a clash with the home side, in particular Dunfermline.

During the season Cabrini released an all-black strip with red trimming and the Paisley pattern emblem embedded in the shirt, in a similar style to the 1991-93 away kit, and this once again proved popular with the support. The goalkeeper had a choice of three kits.

Current club captain Stephen McGinn in 2017. The eldest of three McGinn brothers to play for Saints, Stephen came through the clubs youth academy before leaving for Watford in 2010. His return to the club in 2017 was the catalyst for an incredible turn of fortunes as McGinn led Saints to the unlikeliest of relegation escapes that season, followed by promotion the following campaign from the Championship and again a miraculous avoidance of the drop from the Premiership in 2019.

On the left the Paisley Pattern swirl on the away kit, and the names of the 87 cup winning team inscribed in the home shirt.

2017/18

Manufacturer – Joma

Main Shirt Sponsor – Skyview Capital

Rear Shirt Sponsor – Infiniti Cars

Shorts Sponsor – Intu Braehead

Socks – Black & White Army

In the first season with new suppliers Joma, the club was provided with a predominantly black home kit with white stripes and new sponsor on the front in the shape of California based capital investors Skyview. The strip got a mixed reception, however it will obviously be remembered fondly as promotion was gained.

Joma also introduced a Croatia style red chequered away strip, and as it was the 140th anniversary of the club, an all-black special edition kit with celebratory badge was also produced which took preference over the standard away kit as the season progressed, and was also used during several home matches. The goalkeeper kit rotated between the two supplied.

Gregor Buchanan lifts Lewis Morgan after the youngster scores against Dundee United in the 2017/18 season. Adam Eckesley and captain Stephen McGinn rush to join as Gavin Reilly just comes into focus.
Stelios Demetriou in 2017 in the Croatia style away kit. The maverick full back was a crowd favourite throughout his time at the club and scored some crucial goals before leaving for Ross County the following season.

Stelios once again along with Adam Eckersley in the 140th Anniversary kit, both full backs were key signings by Jack Ross to avoid a first ever relegation to the third tier the season before.

2018/19

Manufacturer – Joma

Main Shirt Sponsor – Skyview Capital

Rear Shirt Sponsor – Infiniti Cars

Short Sponsor – Intu Braehead

Using a standard manufactures template that Partick Thistle had been relegated in the season previously, the kit was released with white shorts for the home strip and black for the away, which was a blood red top with black faded pinstriped hoops.

However in a similar fashion to other recent seasons the home and away shorts and socks were switched multiple times during the campaign. Once again the goalkeeper had numerous different colours of kit.

2019/20

Manufacturer – Joma

Main Shirt Sponsor – Skyview Capital

On first impression, the home kit looks as though it is a take on the 1981-84 Saints strip famous for the two thick black stripes on the front, however while this now vintage Adidas one had stripes on the back and red numbers, Joma have opted for an all-white back with white shorts, as opposed to the black ones of the 80’s.

The purple away strip with black shorts is a first for the club; however I would expect a swap over of shorts between the home and away kits as similar to previous campaigns.

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