There are claims that the new Newcastle home shirt has been leaked.
An image (see below) is now circulating which is allegedly the new design.
In April, Newcastle United confirmed that a special 125 year badge would be part of the new look kit for the 2017/18 season, celebrating the formation of the club as we know it in 1892.
The shirt design below includes that badge, plus potentially the identity of the new club sponsor.
The Chronicle recently claimed that they knew that replacing Wonga was going to be a Chinese betting company and that is what is also shown on this circulated image.
With no league sponsor now, Premier League clubs are also allowed to have a separate brand on the sleeve as well as the main sponsor on the front of the shirt.
Though of course clubs can choose to sell the whole package just to one sponsor.
On this Dwight Gayle image you can’t see if there is indeed a sleeve sponsor as well, though it would be a surprise if the new kit doesn’t include this extra sponsorship/advertising.
News of a potential sleeve sponsor if/when back in the top tier, had already seen some Newcastle fans worrying that this will be Mike Ashley’s first route into putting Sports Direct branding on the NUFC kit.
Official Club Statement 13 April 2017:
‘Newcastle United has revealed the commemorative crest that will be used to honour the club’s 125th anniversary season.
The gold and silver design is based on the Magpies’ existing crest – itself based on the Newcastle upon Tyne coat of arms – and a golden adornment has been added to mark the milestone year.
The new variation will appear on the club’s classic black and white stripes during the 2017/18 season and will also feature on away and third kits throughout the club’s anniversary campaign.
Newcastle United was formed in the summer of 1892 when Newcastle East End absorbed the assets of city rivals Newcastle West End, including the lease of St. James’ Park.
A new name for this stronger, unified club was chosen and ‘Newcastle United’ was officially recognised that same year on 9th December.’
Previous media reports have claimed that the new home kit will be released in June.