Thursday, January 25, 2007

Reebok Contract Ending Gives Club Golden Opportunity

Under normal circumstances, home shirts are changed every two years and away shirts every year. It has been noted recently by many supporters that our Club shop has discounted the current home and away shirt (which were brought out this season) to £25 and all other merchandise bearing the Reebok slogan is also on sale at reduced prices. Such action has helped support the rumours circulating that our Club's relationship with Reebok is to finish at the end of this season.

Our Club has not commented publicly on the situation and we have no wish to add to what is already being discussed on forums and websites, however, we will share with you our idea for what we see as a Golden Opportunity for our Club when Reebok's contract does end. When that time comes and a new kit supplier has been appointed it is our opinion that the supporter's views and opinions should be sought by our Club and the new kit supplier. In particular, we would like to see supporters consulted in the shirt design process.

Our suggestion is this, that supporters should be actively asked to put forward their designs for the next home shirt with the winning three designs chosen by an independent panel and put forward for inclusion in the choice of home shirts available which would then be voted on by the supporters. Not only would this process ensure that our Club are keen to include the supporters in important decisions that affect them but it may also ensure that the first home shirt manufactured by the new kit supplier is a sell-out/ commercial success.

Please add your thoughts and views in the comment section of this article or send us an e-mail to mcfcsupporters@hotmail.co.uk

14 Comments:

At 1:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe a deal has been done already with le coq and the figure being chucked around is 1m a season. i think it would be a good idea for the fans to have a say on the design of the kit though , le coq did some rubbish kits for city last time around

 
At 3:25 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

silly idea
1) would cost far too much, have you noticed all reebok kits in the prem look the same just diff colours and logo's nike aswell
2) there would be like 30000 entrys and 29999 will not be happy people

 
At 8:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not going to happen mate, imagine giving the reds an online opportunity to vote for our new kit - We'd end up playing in pink!

 
At 8:19 pm, Anonymous Mike, Middleton said...

I like the idea and feel that the opinions of the supporters have too often been ignored. If this was to happen it would have to be handled right to keep those Reds out of it! Well done guys keep plugging away!

 
At 8:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good idea contacting the fans,may i suggest just two kits, home kit SKY BLUE SHIRTS WHITE SHORTS> away THE OLD RED AND BLACK and guess what the away kit will not clash with the opposistion thus no need for the blatant rip off third kit.

 
At 10:34 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bad idea. Shrewsbury Town did this at the start of the previous season. They published several designs on the web site and people could vote for their choice. The result is awful and they've sold very few. What looks good on a web site does not necessarily look good in real life. Leave shirt design to shirt designers. Just tell the designers to respect the club's colours and traditions.
Now what would be really nice is if the shirts were made in Manchester instead of some far east sweat shop. These shirts are damned expensive - there is enough margin in replica shirts to do this and thus keep local money in the local economy. Alas I doubt we'll be seeing "Made in Manchester" labels any time soon, as the club will sell its financial sole to the highest bidder, who will then subcontract the work to the lowest bidder. Great.

 
At 10:55 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with some of the other comments, this could leave us wide open to ridicule and mass voting from the rags. I would prefer us to go for addidas which is far better quality, with a V neck and white collar. For away kit it has to be red and black stripes.

 
At 11:00 pm, Anonymous Che Guevara said...

I think this is a great idea, surely there is a way of getting the supporters to vote that is not open to rigging by the swamp dwellers. Also, I want a return to traditional colours, all light blue shirts, white shorts and light blue socks and of course our black and red away kit.

 
At 11:29 am, Anonymous Frank Sidebottom said...

Alot of anonymous people on here and I am another! There are also some ill thought out comments. 30,000 entries and 29,999 unhappy people, what tosh there would probably be no more than 1,000 entries and it is a competition not everyone wins competitions and when they don't they accept it! So the reds will vote eh lad? Here's the five sky blue home shirt designs to choose from, errr how on earth will pink get chosen from the sky blue shirts on offer? So Shrewsbury had their vote on line did they? Who said that any voting system would be online? So the fans being involved in picking the new home shirt would open us to ridicule? What rubbish, a club that includes its fans should be applauded. Think before you speak that is if you are actually City fans or could you be club inflitrators? Great idea by the way and apologies, rant over!

 
At 2:39 pm, Blogger Carl said...

I'll vote for anything that has the old club badge on it instead of the the bloody eagle.

"Pride in Battle" - could there be anything more inappropriate for our current team!

 
At 9:55 pm, Blogger Steve said...

Frank Sidebottom, well said although I doubt the individuals who have commented so far are anything but blues.

I think this is a great idea and if we choose a proper sports company and not as suggested Le Coq and as Frank says we have a choice of say three then it gets my vote.

It has to be the traditional colours and it has to have a proper neck.

Why not try the kit on Samaras as he tends to make any of our existing kits look like they have just been nicked of the City Centre tramp. If they look good on him they will look good on anyone!

 
At 3:35 am, Blogger William said...

Motherwell tried a kit design competition just last year, it went..well...so so. They asked for submissions from fans, and they got a lot more than 1,000. A committee comprised of a board representative, a representative from the manufacturer and a representative from their supporters trust, among others went through the submissions and narrowed them down to three home and three away. The manufactuer had them re-drawn so that they all looked like a consistent skill level, and so that the shirts were judged on their design and not on the quality of drawing on the submission. Fans were allowed to vote for the shirts online, paying £1 per vote to discourage stuffing the ballots. The money from voting went directly to youth development at the club. There were hiccups, but they pulled it off. I don't know if City could quite do it, as they are a much bigger club. I think it's worth a shot, though.

As far as Le Coq is concerned, I think they actually don't get enough credit. Our home Le Coq kits weren't that bad, they just had the disadvantage of being that laser blue instead of sky blue - something that had been established by Kappa and not Le Coq. The designs of the home shirts weren't really that bad, even though the away kits were at times a little garish. The one with the black and red sash was good, though, as was the clarent and white striped third kit. In my opinion, the Le Coq kits were a lot better than the Reebok away kits in the last few years.

 
At 11:15 am, Anonymous furq said...

as someone who used to work for a kit manufacturer, its a no-go idea. talks between mcfc and different kit companies began over twelve months ago and the decision will have been. The timespan between kit design, approval, manufacture, further production approval and delivery will mean that in order for the kits to be ready by july, the orders will have already placed (or are very close to being placed). The design will have been done last autumn, so its already way too late. All we can do is hope that its the traditional colours with WHITE shorts

 
At 9:41 pm, Anonymous Scooting said...

Supposedly we're already consulted about new kits, though I haven't met anyone who has a good word to say for our Coventry strip, or the yellow one, or the black one. I was put in a Colin Bell kit by my father when I was four, and I've seen to it that my nieces have all been put in City kits at about the same age. I've had to put off buying one for my youngest niece because I don't want her first memories of putting on a City shirt to associate with memories of putting on blue shorts. Reebok hasn't cared, and the board doesn't. With a club like City the board should be getting even the small things right, as it is the board can't be bothered, even with the small things.

 

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