2017-18 Wigan Athletic home kit by Kappa to be revealed next week.
- 2017-18 Wigan Athletic home shirt by Kappa is coming soon.
- Kit to feature ‘traditional’ blue and white stripes.
- Kappa remain as the club’s official kit partner.
Latics’ 2017-18 kit will once again be manufactured by official kit partner Kappa with the first images of the new home shirt design to be revealed next week.
The 2017-18 shirt will feature our traditional blue and white stripes, although it is visibly different from the 2016-17 designs.
Many supporters associate the blue and white stripes as the traditional colours of the club and stripes have featured many times on our shirts in the past.
However, they only really became a regular element in the 1977-84 era, during which Latics finally reached the Football League in 1978 after over 30 unsuccessful applications (a year before automatic promotion and relegation was introduced).
Players such as Ian Gillibrand, Peter Houghton and Les Bradd were the heroes of the day, before the kit evolved into the 1986-88 design as worn by the likes of David Lowe, Paul Jewell and Bobby Campbell.
There was a return to plain blue in the late 80s and early 90s, and then blue and black stripes before the ‘Three Amigos’ years of the mid 90s saw a new variation of blue and white stripes with green trim, which then became more of pinstriped effect between 2003 and 2005, as modelled by Nathan Ellington above.
The thicker blue and white returned for the first season in the Barclays Premiership in 2005 when Jason Roberts led the line for Latics, and as the likes of Paul Scharner and Arouna Kone took us through the Premier League era up until 2013 so the stripes remained as the fundamental feature.
Over the past two seasons, Kappa have produced excellent kits which have proved very popular with supporters, as worn by Will Grigg when he scored his 25 league goals in 2015-16.
So what’s next in 2017-18?
It’s blue and white stripes, but what will be new about the design? All will be revealed very soon…along with brand new away kit designs.