Well, is may be the case that you don’t. But I really do…..
Until recently, they had quite a few clubs on their books – Lille, Man City, Lyon, Southampton, to name but a few. Even the Hammers had Umbro kits for 3 years. And I really liked most of their leisure stuff – I bought quite a bit – smart and retro. I have also a lot of football training stuff from Umbro when I used to play 5-a-side, and it is good quality stuff – and good for wearing to the football as well as playing in it.
But look at the state of play now –
In Sept 2012, the English FA – one of Umbro’s biggest contracts – announced that Nike was going to make their kits from next season. The City followed as well swapping from Umbro to Nike. Less than a week ago, Lillle followed suit.
“It is difficult to divest any business, but this action will enable us to focus on our highest-potential growth opportunities,” said Nike boss Mark Parker.
“Umbro has a great heritage but, ultimately, as our category has evolved, we believe Nike football can serve the needs of footballers on and off the pitch.”
At the moment, I really don’t know which direction Umbro is going to go – but I hope that they don’t fade into obscurity despite the loss of some high profile contracts.