It’s that time of year when Coventry City supporters start to ponder the possibilities for next season’s new strip.

Manager Mark Robins and the players, meanwhile, have got their total focus on keeping the Sky Blues in the Championship in the last seven crucial games of the season.

The return to the Ricoh Arena adds to the carrot of staying in the division and a triumphant home-coming back in the city that bears the club’s name.

We can all imagine skipper Liam Kelly leading he team out for that first game of the 2021/22 season, but what will his kit look like?

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Here, local graphic designer and life-long Sky Blues fan Paul Kitchen has come up with some cracking designs to whet your appetite as to what the club could come up with next season.

Doffing his cap to some classic kits of yesteryear, Kitchen has come up with modern day versions of the famous Talbot kit as well as the iconic Admiral tramline strip from the 1970s, including the infamous chocolate brown version!

Giving them the full Hummel treatment Paul, aged 42, said: “My designs include my inspiration and various colour versions of the classics, including the chocolate brown kit.

A thing of beauty: A modern day version of Coventry City’s iconic tramline kit from the mid-70s to early 1980s, designed by Sky Blues fan Paul Kitchen

“Inspiration behind my designs are the past kits plus designs I’d be proud to wear myself.

“It’s always been my ambition to have the team and the supporters wearing a shirt I’ve designed.”

The Talbot kit replaced the tramline strip, which City wore from 1975 to 1981, graced by the likes of the legendary strike partners Ian Wallace and Mick Ferguson and, of course, one of the club’s all time greatest players, Tommy Hutchison.

A modern day version of Coventry City’s popular Talbot kit from 1981-83, designed by Paul Kitchen

It lasted two seasons and had an alternative home version with the Talbot logo removed for televised games, back in the days when clubs weren’t allowed to have blatant advertising on their kits.

In 1978, Sky Blues striker Ian Wallace and his ginger Afro perm light up Highfield Road.
Sky Blues striker Ian Wallace in City’s iconic Admiral kit at Highfield Road in 1978.





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