United today revealed the new 2021/22 home shirt we will be wearing in League One. The club have gone for a bold design, utilising the pattern from the 1993-95 Vandanel ‘Barcode’ shirt, but with a controversial twist.
As expected Hummel remains as the manufacturer but it’s the design that is the biggest talking point, the thin barcode stripes running vertically down the front flanking the bolder stripes from the older shirt rotated ninety degrees to create a checkerboard effect.
The 1993-95 shirt remains popular with U’s fans, thanks to it’s striped design, simple grandad collar and Marvin Moose sublimated into the fabric, it also featured the iconic Beaumont Stainless Steels sponsor (unless yours fell off, which many did!). On the pitch, despite being worn by the likes of Steve Claridge, Danny Granville, Steve Butler and Carlo Corrazzin it wasn’t as successful, with the U’s being relegated to Division Three after the FA added a fifth relegation spot to even up the leagues.
After some fairly straightforward home shirts over the past couple of seasons it’s nice to see Hummel experiment with a more daring design for this campaign. We’ve previously seen the club use designs of popular retro shirts for our last two away kits with great success, and whilst this home shirt might split opinions due to it’s unique pattern we think it has the potential to be a cult classic, especially if we claim some big scalps at the Abbey whilst wearing it. Even if you don’t like it, it’s worth picking one up as it’ll probably be worth £150 on eBay in 25 years time.
You can pre-order the new home shirt online from the club shop here.