Everton Football Club dropped its 2021/22 away kit along with official team outfitter hummel today.
The Toffees’ will debut the new strip during Sunday’s English Premier League season-closing meeting at Manchester City.
According to Everton and hummel: The retro hummel offering is inspired by the kit worn by the Everton team of 1881/82 – a side that came to be nicknamed ‘The Black Watch’.
As part of the Everton for Change initiative – the Club’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and raising sustainability awareness – Everton’s home, away and third kits for the 2021/22 season will again be environmentally friendly, with the Blues becoming the first club to use hummel’s ECO8 technology, meaning each shirt is manufactured from high-performing polyester produced from up to eight recycled plastic bottles.
The kits will also feature hummel’s ZEROH2O dry-dye technology, a ground-breaking process that ensures there is zero water consumption, zero wastewater and a 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption during the dying phase of production.
The authentic nod to the ‘Black Watch’ kit of 1881/82 – the third season of Everton’s existence – comes following fan calls for the revered strip to be replicated and to celebrate the Club’s role as a pillar of the community for more than 140 years. The original strip was worn for home matches – then a series of friendlies and local cup fixtures played on Stanley Park – with Everton not adopting its famous royal blue colours until a decade later in 1901.
To ensure a design that is a true reflection of the original, hummel have broken with tradition, their famous chevrons and logo being a tonal grey, rather than the iconic white.
Photo Credits: Everton FC and hummel