Gallagher hails City's new strips

Oasis leader and Manchester City supporter Noel Gallagher has hailed the Blues' new kits, following the club's announcement of a 10-year brand partnership with Umbro.

July 18 will mark the on-sale date of City’s home kit for the 2009/10 season. Inspired by the club’s heritage, the new kit will benefit from Umbro’s football tailoring process, delivering performance and style on and off the pitch.

The away kit is a nod to Manchester’s symbol of industry and coat of arms – the Apis Millifera – more commonly known as ‘the bee’.  The shirt is black with yellow and gold inserts on the shoulders used to define and accentuate the upper torso.

While the third kit draws its inspiration on a classic kit of the past, while embracing craft and attention to detail to create a very modern twist.

The shirt has a black and red sash across a white base with the team sponsor located under the crest to ensure that the visual identity of the sash is not compromised.

And Gallagher, who saw Oasis' homecoming gig at Manchester's Heaton Park disrupted by electrical problems on Thursday night, has pledged his support for the Eastlands outfit's new attire.

"Went round to Umbro to see Man City's new kits for next season," he wrote on Oasis' MySpace page.

"Tell you what, even if we don't win anything next season we'll be the best looking team in the league. No question. They are the bollocks."

Martin Prothero, Umbro’s Senior Vice President of Football added: “This is an exciting opportunity for both Umbro and Manchester City FC to build on their collective heritage and create truly iconic modern football brands.

"MCFC were the first beneficiaries of our tailoring heritage in 1934, the same year they won The FA Cup wearing Umbro kits. MCFC will be the first club side to benefit from our tailoring process for the 2009/10 season which means the best sportswear products for players and fans alike.”

While Garry Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Manchester City said: “We are thrilled to announce this key partnership.  We are building a successful and sustainable football club for the future and our partners are integral to that. 

"Umbro share our commitment to innovation, the city of Manchester and creating world-class experiences for its customers and our fans.”

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