What Are The Top Ten New Kits In League One?

With football concluding ahead of the next action-packed 46-game season, news coming out of clubs up and down each division usually revolves around transfer rumours, friendly matches and new kits being announced.

In League One, a number of clubs have already released their brand new home and away kits for the forthcoming campaign with many catching the eye for better and for worse.

Who has released the best overall home kit so far? Which club has announced the most eye-catching away number to date?

In this ranking, I have scanned over all the kits readily available at the time of writing and come to my very own conclusion as to what the best new kits are in the third tier.

If League Two is more up your alley, another of our RealEFL writers ranked the League Two kit selection which can be read here.

Home Kits (In No Particular Order)

1. Cambridge United

Cambridge United only released their home kit at the time of writing yesterday, but it’s a fantastic shirt nonetheless.

The typical striking amber and black is present as it always is on the Cambridge home shirts, but the diagonal stripes present on the sleeves and shoulders add a new dimension to the kit that makes it stand out even more.

If you’re a U’s fan, I would imagine this new home offering would have gone down a treat.

2. Carlisle United

The third tier new-boys will enter into League One next season with a storming new home number, opting for a more traditional blue than last season’s darker colour template.

The kit also has splashes of white and red across the top, Umbro knocking it out of the park with this effort.

With the reveal of the home shirt proving popular with the die-hard Cumbrians fanbase, the loyal supporters of Paul Simpson’s men will hope that it’s a kit that also sees Carlisle stay afloat in the third tier and is remembered for on-field success.

3. Derby County

Putting their disappointing 7th placed finish last season behind them, this new home kit for the Rams could well be the strip they wear when clinching promotion back to the Championship.

Another kit designed by Umbro and another blinding effort in my opinion from the shirt manufacturer, the subtle addition of red on the collar and shoulders giving the kit a new edge away from the basic white and black template expected.

Taking inspiration from kits worn by the Rams in the 90’s, Derby fans will hope this look to the past in the kit can translate to success in the now on the pitch.

4. Port Vale

The new home kit for the Valiants ahead of the 2023-24 season kicking off shows off all the colours that make up the Vale badge, with the distinctive yellow taking pride of place on the shirt in blocks alongside the white and black.

This kit has proved an instant hit with the Vale Park fanbase, Puma swooping in to provide Port Vale with an excellent first shirt offering as the club’s new kit manufacturer.

5. Charlton Athletic

Charlton’s new home top for the upcoming 2023-24 season is a lesson in making a shirt that’s stylish without having to throw absurd colours onto the kit to stand out.

The Addicks will look smart and sleek in this new red and black home offering, fans at the Valley hoping that new signing Alfie May will score goals by the bucket load when he dons this new strip next campaign to push Charlton to promotion.


Away Kits (In No Particular Order)

1. Peterborough United

Cambridgeshire’s representation continues on into the away shirts, with Peterborough United making their way onto the list with a pink away kit.

The Posh aren’t strangers to an out there away kit – previous years have seen them dabble with similar colour palettes alongside a fluorescent yellow away strip – but this year’s particular kit wins merit for being understated despite being pink.

Leaning more towards a shade of baby pink, Posh fans will hope new signings such as Archie Collins and Romoney Crichlow can star in this new kit.


2. Carlisle United

The Cumbrians have their second representation on the list, their away number certainly not going for a subdued design.

Comprised of the unusual colour trio of yellow, pink and black, the Carlisle away strip will surely be one of the more unique kits donned by a team in League One this coming campaign.

For that reason alone, it deserves its place on the list.

3. Exeter City

It’s all change for Exeter City on the pitch with various faces leaving the building in Devon, but it’s also all change in terms of kits for the Grecians next campaign too – Adidas becoming the club’s main kit manufacturer, moving on from Joma.

The design of the Grecians away top is simplistic but stylish, a grey number with white stripes down the side. Yet, when you look deeper into the kit itself, a Pegasus is present similar to that of the club’s crest.

Exeter fans will hope that his new away number is worn on plenty of memorable away days next campaign, with Gary Caldwell’s men aiming for another positive finish in the third tier.

4. Fleetwood Town

Fleetwood Town will go into next season with a beauty of an away kit, the new Cod Army away kit combining mint and sea-wash colours in-keeping with their coastal location.

Further, two anchors adorn the front of the shirt to make this away shirt feel tailor-made for Scott Brown’s seaside club.

Proving a hit with the fanbase already, players such as Jack Marriott will hope they can perform to their best in this changed strip when the new campaign rolls around.

5. Bolton Wanderers

Rounding off all the kits, Bolton Wanderers’ away kit for the season ahead was actually voted for by the fans themselves – this design of choice beating out two competitors in the process.

It’s clear to see why this away kit won top prize, the top itself is smart with its black look which is then coupled with the white and red sleeves and collar to allow the top to stand out more.

It also features some touches that make it distinctively a Bolton Wanderers top – namely ‘Wanderers’ featuring on the back alongside the phrase ‘The Only And Only Wanderers’ being taped to the inside of the strip.

Which kit is your favourite from the ones ranked above? Any kits that have been missed out? Comment below!




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