The brand new League Two season is upon us with plenty of clubs starting to brandish out their new home and away kits ahead of the upcoming campaign, but which sides in the fourth tier have the best new strip ahead of the 2023/24 season?
With the fixtures ahead of the new season now out in the open with many teams returning to business for pre-season, most clubs in the English fourth division have been busy announcing the designs for their new strip that the players will pull on over the next nine months alongside new signings.
From the most simplistic and crisp designs to the more experimental and intriguing look which will get people thinking whether they like it or not, new kits are always met with hot and cold responses from not just supporters of the club it was designed for, but also from football fans in general.
In this piece, I will be taking a look at some of the best offerings League Two has to offer in terms of kits as of the time I’m writing. In no particular order, this will be done in two sections, with five of the league’s best home kits in one column, alongside five of the best away strips in the fourth division of English football in another.
As well as this, one of our other writers has also done something similar with new kits in League One. If you want to see what the best kits are in England’s third tier, you can have a look by clicking the link HERE.
With that being said, let’s take a look at ten of the best new kits in League Two ahead of the upcoming campaign…
Home Kits (In No Particular Order)
1) AFC Wimbledon
Kicking things off with a bang is the home strip of AFC Wimbledon, in which the Wombles’ new look could be right up there for one of the richest-looking designs in not just League Two, but in the whole EFL.
Made by manufacturers Umbro, they have simply nailed it with the London side this season. From the buttoned collar to the different shades of blue, to the sponsor in a yellow section of the shirt, every little design and detail just seems to work so well together and the final product has turned out to be nothing short of stunning.
The kit also gives out vibes from designs of past and previous kits from Argentinian side Boca Juniors, in which the club have already gained international recognition from fans of the La Bombonera outfit with how similar they look.
Umbro’s first outing with AFC Wimbledon is certainly an impressive one, to say the least.
🟦 NEW SEASON.
🟨 NEW SHIRT.
🟦 NEW CHAPTER.
— AFC Wimbledon (@AFCWimbledon) June 20, 2023
Gillingham’s new home shirt for the 2023/24 season is maybe something different to what they have done in the past, but in saying that, it is also a shirt that is sure to go down well with the Gills faithful.
What is the clear stand-out reason for this kit being an excellent offering is the white at the top half of the shirt, fading inadequately into the famous Gillingham blue as you go down. It’s a kit worthy of representing Gillingham, with the colours and the design working well with each other.
Macron knocking it out of the park with this effort and rightly deserves a place on this list.
— Gillingham FC (@TheGillsFC) June 9, 2023
3) Stockport County
Looking to put their playoff final heartache against Carlisle United to one side, Stockport County will look to battle it out for promotion once again by playing their matches at Edgeley Park in a stylish number.
Manufactured by Puma, Stockport’s new home offering is inspired by previous kits the club used to wear throughout the 90s, with the hints of red working well with the different tones of blue which instantly sticks out when you see it.
Looking back at previous designs as well as putting a modern-day twist on the kit, the Hatters have a home shirt which is lovely as well as fancy. A brilliant shirt, but will the shirt be a promotion-winning one for Dave Challinor’s side come the end of the season?
😍Our home kit is inspired by the iconic County shirts of the 90s.
Paying homage to our rich history, this bespoke design features a vibrant red accent colour, evoking a sense of nostalgia. This kit seamlessly combines our heritage with a modern twist.#StockportCounty pic.twitter.com/5jgViauvuP
— Stockport County (@StockportCounty) July 6, 2023
4) Crewe Alexandra
From Stockport County to their Cheshire rivals in Crewe Alexandra, the Railwaymen have brought out what is a simplistic but smart-looking home kit ahead of the new season.
Teaming up with FBT for a seventh straight season, Crewe’s traditional red is evident, with a blue trim showcased in the white collar as well as on the white rims of the sleeves. The darker hints of red in the centre which fade as you go down the shirt is also another cool touch which helps the shirt look a little bit more crisp.
Clean and classy. A very solid attempt from the Railwaymen.
Pre-order your 23/24 home shirt today, Reds! 🤩🔴#CreweAlex
— Crewe Alexandra (@crewealexfc) June 16, 2023
Ahead of entering a new league in which you haven’t been involved for the last 15 years, you would want to create a strip to mark the occasion, right? Well, Wrexham’s attempt is certainly one that looks the part ahead of their Football League return.
Another design produced by Macron, some of the more interesting takes from Wrexham’s new home strip involves a v-shaped collar, which also includes white hems on both the sleeves and collar, with a red and green stripe going around it.
What makes this kit however is the finer detail. One of the interesting features this shirt has is the faint Welsh Dragon which is evident all around the shirt, with small lines going up and down the dragon if you look at it closely enough. As well as that, the evident but faint wording of ‘Wrecsam’ at the bottom of the back of the shirt is also an intriguing touch.
The Welsh side, owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, went the whole league season unbeaten at the Racecourse Ground during their record-breaking 22/23 National League Campaign, something they will look to emulate in the Football League next season wearing their new strip.
Our brand new, 2023/24 @united-sponsored home shirt will be available to pre-order from Monday (June 12)
— Wrexham AFC (@Wrexham_AFC) June 8, 2023
Away Kits (In No Particular Order)
1) Grimsby Town
Moving on to the away shirts, Grimsby Town are the next new team to feature on this list with what is a clean-looking red away kit, once again produced by manufacturers Macron.
The shirt is of a simple design with a red base which also includes a white collar, as well as on the hems of the sleeves. What makes the kit stand out however is the detail, with the shirt including a fade fish net-inspired design all around to create a smooth look for the Mariners on the road, as well as paying homage to the town’s fishing heritage. Something which is a lovely touch.
Proving a hit, Grimsby fans will be hoping their new away number will be a memorable one for away days in the upcoming campaign as they look to take the next step in the Football League after finishing a respectable 11th place on their EFL return.
🙌 𝙉𝙀𝙒 𝙎𝙀𝘼𝙎𝙊𝙉, 𝙉𝙀𝙒 𝙎𝙏𝙍𝙄𝙋𝙀𝙎!
👊 Introducing our home and away shirts for the 2023-24 season!
🛍️ The shirts are available for pre-order now ahead of the in-store launch from 10am on Friday.
— Grimsby Town F.C. (@officialgtfc) July 3, 2023
2) Notts County
Wrexham are not the only ones trying to look the part ahead of their return EFL season, with Notts County producing a lovely ‘Italy Blue’ away strip that is sure to please supporters of the Magpies.
Produced by Puma, County’s away offering pays homage to their unique relationship with Italian giants Juventus, in which the Nottingham-based side provided them with their first-ever kit. It’s an interesting story which has helped produce a fascinating kit.
As well as that, Notts County have gone down the route of keeping things simple and, as a result, their new away shirt is a real eye-opener. From the ‘Jake Bugg’ sponsorship on the shirt to the gold Puma logo to a white collar, the Magpies will be hoping that results on the road will be just as impressive as the kit they will be wearing.
An homage to Italy 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/MWrWFrHuay
— Notts County FC (@Official_NCFC) July 7, 2023
3) Doncaster Rovers
Grant McCann is back amongst the Doncaster Rovers dugout but when he’s in other dugouts across the country on the road, his team will line up in a clear and solid black number.
A first and only entry from Manufacturers Oxen, Rovers have come out with a near-enough all-black shirt with five diagonal red lines spaced out across the front of the shirt. Along with the ‘Eco-Power Group’ sponsor as well as the club crest, it’s another smart design which deserves a place on this list.
Looking to build on their 18th-place finish last time out with a strong start to the transfer window, Doncaster will be hoping the upcoming season is a better one, with plenty of memories made on the road in their new black away strip.
The latest shot in the new Away Kit 📸
— Doncaster Rovers FC (@drfc_official) July 5, 2023
4) Stockport County
A second offering for Stockport County in this list for an away number that I could only describe as bold and silky.
Similar to their home shirt that they will play in at Edgeley Park come the new season, the away shirt is of a similar design but instead of blue, the away strip is a boasting peppermint colour which adds a vibrant texture to the kit, making it stand out from the crowd.
For both the flashy look of Stockport County’s home and away kits this season, alongside their immaculate black third strip which is also stunning, it’s certainly a job well done on Puma’s side.
🔥 Presenting our away kit – boasting a bold and refreshing peppermint colour, this bespoke design encapsulates the essence of contemporary style.
— Stockport County (@StockportCounty) July 6, 2023
The final kit on this list is another offering from Neil Harris’ Gillingham, who have come out with some stellar kits ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.
Their black and white stripe away offering is another nice kit, with the black stripes consisting of hexagon shapes that go from faint at the top, which gets darker when you get to the middle and on the way down, it will start to fade again. The black sleeves also suit the kit well alongside the black ‘Bauvill’ sponsor on the front.
A shoutout has to go to the clubs’ multi-coloured pink third shirt, which is another eye-opener, but one that certainly looks the part. Gillingham coming out with some beauties for shirts ahead of the new season.
👕 𝗔𝗗𝗗𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗔𝗟 𝗞𝗜𝗧 𝗠𝗔𝗗𝗘 𝗔𝗩𝗔𝗜𝗟𝗔𝗕𝗟𝗘 👕
An added allocation of all three 2023/24 kits have been released to the online megastore following high demand!
— Gillingham FC (@TheGillsFC) June 17, 2023
Do you agree with my picks? Is there a kit that I’ve missed out that you think deserves a place on this list? Let us know in the comments!