Umbro has been looking to swoop up as many big name British clubs as possible, and Sunderland has been no exception. Sunderland has been netted in a five-year deal with the kit manufacturer. It was announced that the Black Cats will be amongst the newest clubs to have Umbro as their official provider of playing and training kit.

Despite a current contract with Lonsdale that has a two-and-a-half years run left, Umbro will be supplying for Sunderland for the 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons. Lonsdale and Sunderland have both agreed to end their agreement early allowing for Umbro’s head-start.

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn added: "In the next five years we’re all going to be working very hard to deliver this club's potential and Umbro are very welcome partners. 

This adds enormous strength to the direction the football club is taking and it's great that Umbro believe in us and what we're striving to achieve." 

1890 - 1930
J.W. Foster and Spikes of Fire

Reebok's United Kingdom-based ancestor company was founded for one of the best reasons possible: athletes wanted to run faster. So, in the 1890s, Joseph William Foster made some of the first known running shoes with spikes in them. By 1895, he was in business making shoes by hand for top runners; and before long his fledgling company, J.W. Foster and Sons, developed an international clientele of distinguished athletes. The family-owned business proudly made the running shoes worn in the 1924 Summer Games by the athletes celebrated in the film "Chariots of Fire".

The Dublin-based Bohemians have signed a new kit deal with Diadora, the Italian sportswear company.

The six figure deal should certainly give the club a boost over the three-year contract. The move will see the Bohemians return to their traditional red and black stripes for the home kit, although a slightly less traditional design will be used for the away kit. 

This is the 07/09 Ipswich Town home shirt. only the first 5000 purchased will have the three stars

 

This is the 2007-2009 Ipswich Town home shirt. Only the first 5,000 purchased will have the three stars. 

The 3 star design was chosen in a kit vote by supporters and is a limited edition. The shirt worn in the Championship by Ipswich will not have any stars as this is against FA rules, which forbid stars from being worn on shirts in domestic competitions. Since Ipswich have not been in European competitions since this new tradition was adopted their shirts will be allowed to contain the stars. 

 It is a unique partnership that will see Leeds United Ladies playing in a personalised UMBRO kit, which has been specifically tailored for the team. In addition UMBRO will also supply training kit, equipment and boots.

Leeds United Ladies FC have announced that leading kit manufacturers Umbro will be supplying the playing kit for the first team in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup Final, as well as for the remainder of the season

It is a unique partnership that will see Leeds United Ladies playing in a personalised Umbro kit, which has been specifically tailored for the team. In addition Umbro will also supply training kit, equipment and boots.

Chairperson, Melanie Vauvelle said "I am delighted with the sponsorship and we are proud to be associated with a leading football brand." 

One can only shudder at the thought of the 10th best dressed footballer given free reign to design a football kit. The image of goldfish swimming in high heels, long sequined shirts, shorts ensconced with rubies and numbers made up from little tiny images of Beckham’s head come to mind. The people at the Football Shirts Hall of Shame better make room for a new addition.Fashion conscious football shirt fans are probably curious what all the cool kids in Asia will be wearing next year. We all know that it will be a David Beckham jersey and we all know that the jersey will belong to the LA Galaxy, but what we don’t know is what that jersey will look like.

The club has decided that it is going to scrap its current kit – a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy world of MLS uniforms – and design a new one with more global appeal.

No, they aren’t going to ask Giorgi Armani for design help. Instead, they are turning to David Beckham himself.

 Hearts have agreed a new two-year commercial kit deal with manufacturer Umbro that will net the club an undisclosed seven-figure sum each year.

Hearts have agreed a new two-year commercial kit deal with manufacturer Umbro that will net the club an undisclosed seven-figure sum each year. As part of the sponsorship arrangement Hearts will be the sole UK distributor of all replica merchandise

-Two year agreement is biggest commercial kit sponsor deal in Hearts' history

-Worth a seven figure sum per annum to Hearts

 Rudolf and Adolf Dassler

Pele stopped the referee with a last-second request to tie his shoelaces at the opening whistle of a 1970 World Cup finals match and then knelt down to give millions of television viewers a close-up of his Pumas

The Brazilian was complying with a request by Puma's representative Hans Henningsen to raise the German sports shoe company's profile after they gave him $120,000 to wear their boots.

The clandestine advertising for Puma was a huge triumph for the company over hated cross-town rivals Adidas in the early days of the war for market supremacy in sports merchandise.

Barbara Smit, a Dutch author and journalist, has spent five years trawling the archives of the Adidas and Puma headquarters in the Bavarian town of Herzogenaurach to research Rudolf and Adolf Dassler -- brothers who started making sports shoes in their mother's laundry room in the 1920s before becoming sport and business giants.

 Signatures include Manager Steve Coppell, James Harper, Nicky Shorey, Kevin Doyle, Steve Sidwell and many more

In february 2007 this Reading FC igned shirt was sold for £1,171.79 for charity. the seller added the following information:

You are bidding for a signed Reading Football Club home Premiership shirt. The shirt incorporates the Premier League badges and 16 signatures.

Signatures include Manager Steve Coppell, James Harper, Nicky Shorey, Kevin Doyle, Steve Sidwell and many more. All signatures are on the front of the shirt which makes it ideal for framing. Every penny of the highest bid will go direct to Cancer Research UK.