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“Random kit manufacturing question,” begins Michael Pilcher. “Since Paul Scally took over Gillingham in 1995, aside from a stint when Uhlsport/Vandanel made them from 2005-2014, our shirts have been made in-house by ‘Gills Leisure’/‘GFC’/‘GFC Leisure’. Are Gillingham the only club that manufacture their own kits in the EFL? How far down do you have to go before you find another club that designs and makes their kits under an ‘own brand’? Even our Kent non-league neighbours Maidstone and Dover use established kit brands (Dover were Nike last season).

The short answer is: lots. We’ll let our readers offer a more thorough response, starting with a couple of current ones, Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday, with the clubs’ respective owners, Steve Lansdown and Dejphon Chansiri, influential. “Bristol Sport have been the supplier of Bristol City’s kit since the 2014-15 season,” writes Nick Hanling. “Both are part of a group of companies that also includes Bristol City Women, Bristol Bears, Bristol Ladies Rugby, Bristol Flyers, Bristol Jets and Bristol Sport Racing. Guess who supplies the kit for most of them. Is there another example of an in-house football kit supplier who also supplies kit for teams in other sports? City also had Nibor as a kit supplier for a few years in the 90s. As Nibor is Robin spelt backwards, this could have been an in-house brand. Either way, they introduced the glorious purple and lime green away kit as immortalised by Brian Tinnion at Anfield and me at my Thursday night football.”

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