Everton has revealed a striking new away kit for the 2021/22 season that pays homage to one of the Club’s earliest strips.
The retro hummel offering is inspired by the kit worn by the Everton team of 1881/82 – a side that came to be nicknamed ‘The Black Watch’ – and is available to pre-order online or in store from today.
The black shirt with statement burnt orange sash and accompanying black shorts and black socks will be worn by the First Team for Sunday’s final Premier League fixture of the season away at Manchester City.
A successful first year of Everton’s technical partnership with iconic Danish sportswear brand hummel saw the Club and its retail partner Fanatics, a global leader in licensed sports merchandise, achieve record sales across all three 2020/21 kits.
As part of the Everton for Change initiative – the Club’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and raising sustainability awareness – Everton’s home, away and third kits for the 2021/22 season will again be environmentally friendly, with the Blues becoming the first club to launch a kit featuring hummel’s ECO8 technology, meaning each shirt is manufactured from high-performing polyester produced from up to eight recycled plastic bottles.
The authentic nod to the ‘Black Watch’ kit of 1881/82 – the third season of Everton’s existence – comes following fan calls for the revered strip to be replicated and to celebrate the Club’s role as a pillar of the community for more than 140 years. The original strip was worn for home matches – then a series of friendlies and local cup fixtures played on Stanley Park – with Everton not adopting its famous royal blue jersey until 20 years later in 1901.
hummel’s famous chevrons and logo will be tonal grey in colour, ensuring a design that is a true reflection of the original.
The goalkeeper kit is a classic green and again comes with short-sleeves following consultation with the Club’s First-Team goalkeepers.