Aston Villa have secured a long-term deal with Nike who will become the club's official sportswear partner from the 2007-2008 campaign.

The deal will see Nike supply Villa's playing and replica kit in addition to a full range of branded sportswear and accessories.

Villa's new chief executive Richard FitzGerald told: 'This is a significant step forward for the club off the field and we're delighted to have Nike partnering with us.

'The association will help us to drive the club forward. The brand sits perfectly with the new board's vision for Aston Villa and we're looking forward to working with Nike in the future.'

West ham have struck a deal with umbro to be thier new kit maufacturers: West Ham's kit will be manufactured by British firm Umbro from next season.

The tie-up was announced in London as the Hammers come to the end of their three-year deal with Reebok. It will be the first time that West Ham have worn an Umbro kit - although the Cheadle-based firm did produce a kit for the club in the late 60s which was never worn.

Yes, it's back, back, back! Following the undoubted success of the 'Obscure Kits' series during this summer's World Cup (well, sort of), we bring you the footy strips that time forgot 'British-stylee'.

And where better a place to start than with the all-time number 1 cult kit from the annals of history. The reason for its notoriety can be summed up in one word - brown. Yes folks, we give you THAT Coventry Kit from the mid-to-late-1970's.

So who was to blame for this fashion 'faux pas'? It was Admiral, one of the most well-known kit manufacturers in Britain at that time.

Birmingham City football fans with a passion for their national side can show support for both teams after a deal between the club and a local company.

Bedworth-based 4 Club and Country produces a range of shirts made up of one half club shirt and one half international colours.

Now they have signed a deal with Birmingham City – which has already been selling Birmingham City/England shirts for some months – to combine the club's colours with those of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, India and Pakistan.

The company – which was launched 15 months ago by businessmen Paul Sullivan, David Charnley and Pete Conway – has already signed a similar deal with Coventry City. Both have a combined worth of over £75,000.

 

The scamonebay website made a guide about buying signed shirts on Ebay which can help you buy the real deal.  

Heres a few facts to follow when buying a signed shirt.They are easy to spot and there are some easy rules to follow when buying a signed shirt.

1. Don't buy of eBay con men (obviously but what are the tell tale signs?)

2. Make sure they can show you photo's of the players signing the shirt

3. Don’t buy off anyone using "private auctions" were you can't see the other bidders identities - this helps them fraud you in two ways, first they can push the price up artificially and secondly its stops quality operators from contacting you and letting you know that its a fake.

4. Don’t buy from anyone that hides their feedback - WHY would a reputable dealer do that - a real dealer’s feedback is his pride and joy and they would NEVER hide it. IGNORE Certificates of Authenticity - they mean nothing and we only make them up ourselves on the computer - the only CoA that is worth anything is if it is on official club paper.

In a media briefing at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and Tiger Beer announced their five year strategic partnership with global sports brand Nike.

The partnership, effective immediately, starts with Nike kitting the Singapore National Team, Under-23, Under-21 and Young Lions with their home, away and training outfits. The deal also extends to all teams and academies under the FAS umbrella over the five year period.

Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee, President of the FAS says: "The FAS is delighted to welcome Nike as our partner. The strategic alliance will give us the opportunity to leverage the resources, experience and network of global sports icon Nike and the world acclaimed Tiger Beer."

"We are confident that this partnership will play a key role in the Singapore football roadmap."

In January 2007, 4 vintage shirts were sold on Ebay, including a Match Worn England Youth 1963 Centenary Year Shirt Made by Bukta. The seller added the following information:

You are bidding on a 1963 England Youth Jersey made by Bukta and worn by John Sissons in the match held at Wembley Stadium v Rest of The U.K Youth to celebrate the F.A CentenaryYear.

This shirt has the red number 10 sewn on the back.

This shirt was swopped by George Graham and was one of five jerseys bought at a local church auction which were kindly donated by him.

 

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Swindon Town announced that kit makers Lotto will be supplying the new home and away shirts from the 2007-08 campaign.

The new 2-year deal with the kit making giants will bring to an end the current deal with Lonsdale and will see the improved financial terms benefit the club.

Italian sports brand Lotto, who have signed a two year deal, will replace Lonsdale as the new kit makers and have selected two home and two away strips to pick from.

 

 

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In the famous year of 1966, Adidas partnered with Le Coq Sportif. The partnership was based on complementary strengths.

Le Coq Sportif, the textile specialist introduced the German company to the world of French athletes, while brought its Leather skills and International presence to the table.

It was the best of both worlds.....

 

 

 

 

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It would seem these days that every collector worth his salt has got a match worn Maradona shirt proudly displayed on his website.By Chris Forshaw

It would seem these days that every collector worth his salt has got a match worn Maradona shirt proudly displayed on his website. That might not seem strange in itself but the very fact that there are so many Maradona shirts described as match worn does beg the question.....Are they all genuine?

I have no doubts that during his playing career in Europe and, indeed, Argentina opposition players all desperately vied for the shirt swap with Diego at the end of 90 minutes of being dragged all over the park. Those players, on the whole, were not as ridiculously rewarded financially as today’s stars, which is reflected in the amount of former players who end up selling their treasured items.

It would be interesting listening to the kitmen of Maradona’s various clubs in order to ascertain just how many shirts he went through a season. Did he swap shirts every game requiring a new shirt each match?