The reaction of many Wolves fans upon hearing that Burrda were to produce the strips from 2011 was to ask “who are Burrda“?
The answer – they were a rapidly growing Far East company who were looking to aggressively grow their foothold in the replica shirt industry and were hoping that becoming kit suppliers for a few English and Scottish (and one national) team would assist with that
Finished: Premier League, 20th (relegated)
Estimated price: £200+
It didn’t really and the shirts aren’t remembered fondly for two main reasons:
- They spanned a ‘staying up by the skin of our teeth” season and then, painfully, in 2011-12 a relegation season that became a bit of a nose dive through two divisions.
- It’s fair to say the quality wasn’t quite on par with some of the sportswear companies that had gone before, with sponsor names peeling and damage occurring in washing machines. Never a good way to endear yourself with the supporters who had just paid the better part of £50 for the privilege.
All that aside, this one actually is a bit of a rarity as it was an unproduced 3rd third shirt that never made it to retail and certainly was never worn anywhere near a pitch.
These are becoming rather sought after and the few that survived were auctioned off for charity and are sat in lofts somewhere.
The funny thing is that most supporters wouldn’t have even known this was even a ‘thing’, except the design was provided to EA for that season’s iteration of the FIFA video game and people decided they quite liked it… until they realised that blue and white stripes and Wolves aren’t ever going to happen.
Burrda’s days as shirt supplier were coming to an end…