The Tigers Roar!
A Crime of Fashion but Fans Approve of Hull’s Matchwinner Kit

“…That’s neat, that’s neat, that’s neat, I really love your Tiger kit!”


Team: Hull City

Home or Away: Home

Years Active: Aug 1992 – Dec 1993

As Worn By:  Alan Fettis, Wayne Jacobs, Ken de Mange, Paul Hunter & Dean Windass

Yes, it was the early nineties, and acid house fashions had impacted football kit design a tad, but Hull City produced a kit that certainly had plenty of bite when they brought this affair out – no doubt influenced by Del-Boy’s wallpaper.

The great thing about this kit was that if you didn’t fancy wearing it you could always put it over your car seat and – hey presto – you were in Huggy Bear’s ride!

This eye-catching effort from Matchwinner (who?) failed to inspire the Tigers to win many matches however, and they just staved off relegation from the newly created Division Two.

Despite widespread derision, the kit became a very popular one with the clubs fans. When Matchwinner’s contract was cancelled in late 1993, the company refused to hand over the design templates to the company who had taken over as Hull’s kit supplier, Pelada (who??).

Pelada were forced to produce their own version of the kit and went with a finer print design in a sort of dirty brown colour. Fans consider this version infinitely inferior to the original we have pictured here.

In conclusion, you only have to look at the amount of success, or rather lack of it, garnished by the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL to realise that mock Tiger skin designs and sports kits should be kept firmly apart.




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