Umbro take note, West Ham fans say this is their best ever kit

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West Ham United fans have sent a clear message over their expectations next season after deciding on the club's best kit of all time.

The Hammers announced last week - on the club's official website - that they have signed up to a five-year deal with kit maker Umbro.

The firm will replace fans' favourites Adidas as kit manufacturer from next season. That means Umbro will take on the unenviable task of coming up with a fitting design for the Hammers' special commemorative kit for their final season at the Boleyn Ground.

If that wasn't hard enough, Umbro will then have to follow that up by producing a fitting uniform for the team to wear when playing for the first time at the club's new 54,000 capacity Olympic Stadium down the road in Stratford.

But if the firm's designers were looking for a little inspiration, then they need look no further after Irons supporters voted in their numbers for their favourite ever Hammers kit.

According to the results of a poll conducted on HITC asking 'What is the best West Ham kit of all time?' the answer is the 1985/86 classic 'Boys of 86' shirt ... made by Adidas.

The shirt, made famous by the West Ham side which should have won the title that season with the deadly strike partnership of Frank McAvennie and Tony Cottee, was actually recreated by Adidas this season, in homage to that great side nearly 30 years on.

The Boys of 86 shirt got 25% (110) of the vote while the 2001 Fila shirt popularised by legend Paolo Di Canio came in second place with 18% (80) just ahead of a tie in third place between Adidas 'no sponsor shirt' of 1980 (17%) and the 'plain and simple' 1960s Umbro kit (17%).

Rumours on West Ham fans' site WHTID suggest the Farewell Boleyn kit for next season could mirror the Hammers original 1904/1905 shirt, complete with string-ties.

Umbro are expected to announce details of the new kit in June ahead of a July/August release and given the significance of the kits, with it being the Hammers last season at the Boleyn, demand is expected to be high.

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