2021 away kit released

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2021 away kit released

Post by josie andrews » Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:58 pm

Wigan Warriors, in conjunction with technical kit partner hummel, are delighted to unveil the Club’s 2021 away kit, which takes inspiration from the Northern Soul scene.

Wigan became a hub for Northern Soul in the 1970s with Wigan Casino, famed for its all-nighters, voted “The Best Disco in the World” by US magazine Billboard in 1978. Over four million people, many of whom travelled from around the UK, visited Wigan Casino across eight years prior to its closure in 1981.

The kit commemorates 40 years since the closure of the iconic Wigan Casino, and features a true blue colour scheme which represents Wigan’s heritage, having been used regularly on popular kits throughout the Club’s past.

The away shirt incorporates the Night Owl, inspired by a Wigan Casino classic from Bobby Paris which became an anthem for those of a “dancing all-night” disposition.

A wider range of Wigan Casino inspired merchandise will follow in due course, as part of the Club’s lifestyle range.

Wigan Warriors sales director, Geoff Warburton, commented: “We are delighted to pay tribute to the Northern Soul scene, much of which was centred around Wigan, as part of our 2021 away kit which also marks 40 years since the closure of the iconic Wigan Casino.

“Like ourselves, Northern Soul music is synonymous with Wigan and is still rooted in this town’s DNA.

“We know many of our fans grew up in the original Northern Soul era and hopefully this kit, plus an accompanying retail range which will follow, will bring back fantastic memories and also appeal to the current era of Northern Soul fans.

We’re looking forward to sharing the stories of some of the figures involved in Wigan Casino throughout the year ahead, whilst playing our part in championing the Northern Soul scene.”

Winston Higham, a director at Wigan Warriors and a prominent member of the Wigan Casino scene, was involved in the creation of the original Night Owl.

He added: “In my younger years, Mike Walker – who was the manager of Wigan Casino in its heyday – got myself and fellow Wiganer Sean Gibney to manage graphic design where we were involved in many fantastic projects including the creation of the Night Owl.

“It’s an honour to be involved again after all these years in reworking the original Night Owl badge for the new kit.

“Northern Soul is having a great resurgence appealing to a new generation of fans and it’s good to see Wigan Warriors embracing this.”

Wigan Warriors 2021 away kit is now on sale online here. https://store.wiganwarriors.com/shop/kit/away

Fans are advised that sales will be online only at present due to government restrictions regarding non-essential shops, although a contact-free click and collect service will be available from the reception at Robin Park Arena in line with government guidelines.

Collections can be made between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday from Monday 23rd November, although fans are asked to leave 24 hours before making a collection and are strongly urged to use the home delivery service where possible, in order to minimise non-essential journeys.

The 2021 away shirt is available in all sizes (from 0-6 months up to 8XL), priced at £39.99 for juniors and £49.99 for adults. Mini kits, plus shorts and socks, will also be available.

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Re: 2021 away kit released

Post by morley pie eater » Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:27 pm

The Long and the Short were a Wigan group. They had a hit with The Letter in 1964 I think it was.

Maybe we'll get a commemorative shirt next year? It could have an envelope with a 2d stamp on.
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Re: 2021 away kit released

Post by the pieman » Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:29 pm

I like that, so both new kits are hits for me :)
They are something a little different but i instantly liked both home and away

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Re: 2021 away kit released

Post by widdenoldboy » Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:32 pm

Kit looks good, the link with Wigan Casino is a nice touch.

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Re: 2021 away kit released

Post by nathan_rugby » Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:38 pm

The kit looks great.

Seems weird though that we have a badge re-brand to get in with the digital age and attract younger fans but then commemorate something that closer 40 years ago on the shirt ?

Not sure on some of the photos though. Look very amateur.
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Re: 2021 away kit released

Post by Levrier » Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:15 pm

That is a fabulous kit spoiled only by the stupid new badge.

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Re: 2021 away kit released

Post by CheshireWarrior » Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:07 am

It is rather striking isn't it! Both are smart, prefer the home shirt slightly more but no bad at all overall :D

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Re: 2021 away kit released

Post by TravellingWarrior » Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:12 am

Interesting that no 2 kits will be the same for the away kit (look at the owl placement on the pictures)
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Re: 2021 away kit released

Post by medlocke » Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:54 pm

No likey, What's with triangular bits, Also the northern soul badge don't make sense, Thought they where trying to be all modern and cutting edge

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Re: 2021 away kit released

Post by ManxWarrior » Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:06 pm

Don’t get me wrong, I really like both kits, but I am presuming the club is lining up a more traditional shirt for our 150th Birthday in 2022 hence the different design for next year.


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