MP and lifelong Blackburn Rovers fan Tim Farron has said that football’s third kits are ‘pointless’ and that they are just ‘another example of clubs fleecing fans’.
‘There is no reason whatsoever for a third kit. They are pointless and just another example of clubs fleecing football fans. It is all about making money for a few people.’
‘Legislation is not the answer. There needs to be a radical upheaval of the game and we should move to the German model.’
Yesterday the BBC’s Price Of Football study was published with some interesting information.
Rivals Manchester United and reigning 2013/14 Premier League Champions Manchester City who’s kits are both manufactured by US based Nike charge fans £55 for an adult sized home jersey, the most expensive in the league. Hull City who’s new 2014/15 kits are made by Umbro charge the least in the EPL with their home football shirt priced at £39.99. The staggering thing for Farron is that a jersey costs just £8 to produce.
Nike say they set a wholesaler price but the retail price is down the the retailer themselves.
Non League Barnet FC charge supporters £49.90 for an adult shirt which is more expensive than the price set by 11 Barclays Premier League clubs!
Some of the best selling 2014/15 football shirts
So what do you think, should we stick to the basic home & away strips or should clubs retain the 3rd kit?