Melbourne City FC Third

Melbourne City FC Third

A quick Melbourne City third kit concept to go along with the home and away kits I posted last week. A dark-grey/near-black with bright trim and details. The treatment applied to the logos and trim is inspired by the iridescent detailing on PSG’s new 2016/17 third kit – the effect itself isn’t particular easy to replicate in a ‘flat’ graphic.

Melbourne City FC Away

Melbourne City FC Away

For the first time since City Football Group took over, Melbourne City FC have abandoned the old Melbourne Heart red and white stripes as their away kit. Their new alternative is, umm, not great. Sure, I can see what they were trying to do, but it has just turned into a bad impression of Galatasaray’s (quite nice) new kit. If it had been a proper 50/50 red/white split closer to what Galatasaray actually have, then it would probably get a pass … but it isn’t.

They really should have just stuck with the traditional red and white stripes – it works just fine for Athletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao – and would have continued to work just fine for Melbourne as well. I’ve given it some ‘city’ blue trim (linking it back to my home concept), and paired it with red shorts and socks to make sure it serves as a ‘dark’ alternative to the predominantly white home kit.

Melbourne City FC Home

Melbourne City FC Home

Melbourne City can’t wear the the same all-blue home kit as their parent club due to Sydney FC’s view that they own the sky-blue colour (or maybe it’s just insecurity over their own brand, I don’t know). Anyway, since City Football Group took over they’ve been wearing a predominantly white home kit – originally one based on an old Manchester City third kit, and now for the 2016-17 season an all-white kit with ‘city’ blue sleeves.

However I think it still needs more blue – regardless of how Sydney FC feel about it – using the gradienty-stripey style that Nike is using as their global third kit template for 2016-17, I’ve applied sit using ‘city’ blue and white, paired with white shorts and sock it is still a predominantly white kit, but gives Melbourne a little more colour. I’ve thrown in some red trim, both as a nod to the club’s “Heart” history and as an additional element to distance it from Sydney FC’s all-blue kit.

Dean Robinson

I'm Dean Robinson and third. is a creative outlet combining two of my favourite things – sport and design.