Watford have released a radiant set of home shirts for the 2020-21 season.
The Hornets will be the first English club to wear Kelme’s paw-prints after signing a club record 4-year deal with the vintage Spanish brand.
Kelme, based in Elche near Alicante in Southern Spain, are best known for supplying Real Madrid with Champions League winning shirts back in the 1990s.
They’ve made a strong comeback in recent years supplying kits for Espanyol, Huesca and Rayo Vallecano as well as clubs in Asia and South America.
If you ever imagined what the child of a Borussia Dortmund and Kaizer Chiefs shirt would look like, then wonder no more!
Watford’s badge rises above the darkness and despair of relegation to illuminate these shirts, casting beams of brilliant light across a black landscape of a cool, polyester/spandex fabric.
Yes, spandex. They say the shirts are made from a mix of polyester and spandex. When was the last time you heard the word spandex?
The Golden Boys’ electrifying 2020-21 shirts feature a raised, rubberised badge and manufacturers branding, whilst sponors’ Sportsbet.io’s logo is sublimated in black to blend into the striking design.
The sleeves are black with a chalky, yellow effect as a smart round neck collar finishes things off nicely.
Fun fact: the paw-print of the Kelme logo belongs to an Iberian lynx. So now you know!
Watford have never been afraid to be different and over the summer, their fans voted the striped kit worn in the run to the 2019 FA Cup Final, as their all-time favourite shirt.
That was the first kit in their history to feature stripes, and with colours as vividly individual as the yellow and black, they can afford to play with styles and still be recognised as Watford shirts.
Intended to be worn in the Premier League, the bold, brash shirts are certainly a stinging, statement of intent from Kelme and will ultimately be judged on how well Watford recover from relegation to the Championship.
Whilst we’re not sure we can say we “like” these shirts just yet, should the ‘Orns bounce-back with a stellar promotion campaign, then these will be remembered as club classics down at Vicarage Road.
Kelme’s new Watford home shirt is available from the Hornets’ online store here!
All pictures courtesy of Watford Football Club.