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The FAT Catwalk: All 2018 T1 Kits Rated & Slated

 

It’s a little known fact that the Sandpit team are all hardcore fashionistas. Dom writes for Vogue Thailand, Tom is one of Bangkok’s most popular Youtube makeup vloggers, and I am a former Calvin Klein underwear model. Honest. So this week is Sandpit Fashion Week as I take a look at this season’s lineup of T1 kits and separate the Versace from the Primark, in descending order of quality…

 

1. Chiang Rai Utd

I’m not generally a fan of Puma shirts but Chiang Rai’s new strip is a very tasty little number. I was so taken with it when I first saw it at the Challenge Cup Final a few weeks back that I almost bought one. Simple, clean, not overburdened with sponsor logos, and no silly swirls or frippery. Looks very good on the pitch too, a consideration which shirt designers often overlook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Bangkok Glass

Glass have a track record of envy-inducing kits and despite their fortune teller-induced rebranding, 2018 is no exception. I am slightly biased towards this one being a Coventry fan as it is sky blue, but it is damned sexy, and is only let down by particularly obnoxious sponsor logos which clash horribly with an otherwise stylish design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Royal Thai Navy FC

Navy may be T1’s most nondescript club – the recent match-fixing scandal is the only interesting thing to happen to them since I started following Thai football four years ago – but there’s nothing nondescript about their 2018 kit; it’s a cracker. Again I’m biased as they’ve gone for the classic St Etienne green-black-white trio, but it’s a very smart, clean shirt with just the two fairly inobtrusive sponsor logos. Hello sailors!

 

 

 

 

4. Suphanburi FC

Like Navy, Suphanburi are a club who probably bore even their own fans, but their 2018 kit is everything a shirt should be – smart, simple and respecting the traditions of the club. Warrix have come up with some excellent designs this season and this is the best of the lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Nakhon Ratchasima FC

Another winner from Warrix, The Swatcats look sleek & feline in this slinky orange number, with sponsor logos following the brand rather than ruining it. Only let down by some unnecessary background patterns, which are a pet hate of mine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Bangkok Utd

The Angels look rather divine in this smart all-red number. Although it’s somewhat overloaded with sponsor logos, it’s still one of T1’s most stylish kits, though the figure-hugging cut makes it a no-go area for most farang football fans. The black away shirt gives me serious kit envy, though the white away shirt with blue flecks looks like a urinal cake.

 

 

 

 

7. Prachuap FC

This season’s surprise package – 4th in the table as I write – also place highly in the kit rankings thanks to this bold design from Warrix. Would be higher were it not for the background pattern and the incongruous sponsor logo, but still a damn fine effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Pattaya Utd

You can generally rely on the Dolphins to be well turned out and 2018 is no exception with this simple, straightforward Ari number. The rather silly cracked glass effect lets it down a bit, but that sky blue camouflage away shirt is an absolute belter – perfect for clandestine missions down Walking Street.

 

 

 

 

 

9. Buriram Utd

You know what you’re getting with a Buriram shirt – dark blue, big Chang logo in the middle, no fannying about. This year’s version is as classic – and as boring – as ever, though the collar makes it look more like a polo shirt and, again, there’s a rather pointless background effect going on. Full marks however for their round-necked AFC Champions League shirt which I would happily wear if it didn’t have a Buriram badge on it.

 

 

 

10. Port FC

By Port’s fairly lamentable standards, 2018’s shirt isn’t that bad. There’s only so much you can do with orange & blue stripes yet the design team at Grand Sport do insist on fannying about as much as they possibly can. The more orangey right-hand side is much better than the mess on the left, so why they didn’t make the whole shirt look like that is a mystery. But more than any other T1 shirt, it is ruined by sponsor logos, in particular that horrible big blue square on the front which completely obscures the shirt design; the bizarre black V in the collar; and the Air Asia logo that looks like it was thrown on at the last minute by a blind darts player.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Chonburi FC

An otherwise simple Nike template design, with all-white sponsor logos (can the FAT make this compulsory please?), let down by two things: some rather pointless, wishy-washy stripes, and the fact that Chonburi are charging 2200BHT a pop for them – more than they charge for a season ticket. That said, owning a new shirt is probably a more pleasurable experience than watching 17 Chonburi games, so maybe it isn’t such bad value after all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. Chainat FC

Cheating Chainat’s 2018 shirt, hard to track down online, seems to be based on the same Warrix template as Prachuap’s, but is ranked much lower for three good reasons – it’s pink, it’s Chainat, and they’ve almost copied Port’s “We Are the Legend” slogan from 2016, in an even more grammatically incorrect fashion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Air Force Utd

Air Force have had some very nice kits in the past (2016’s Uruguayesque shirt being a particular favourite) but the 2018 effort – modelled here by Port legend Ekkapoom – isn’t one of them. Again it’s befouled by obtrusive sponsor logos, looks more like a polo shirt, and has a two-tone fade look that makes it appear as if it has been sent to a cheap backpacker laundry. The Poom deserves a lot better.

 

 

 

 

 

14. Muangthong Utd

Who’s this in the relegation zone? Why, it’s our old friends Muangthong. For their 2018 effort, Grand Sport have done a commendably half-arsed job, taking the template for Port’s 2017 strip (grandad collar included) and simply changing the colours. Which is about as much effort as such a foul garment deserves. I’d wander around Bangkok in a Make America Great baseball cap before I wore one of these.

 

 

 

 

15. Sukhothai FC

We’re really getting down to the dregs now and Sukhothai’s 2018 shirt is a shocker. Whether it’s the faded orange colour, the dated collar or the tacky flames at the bottom of the shirt, it’s a disaster all round, only slightly mitigated by tasteful application of sponsor logos. With 3 going down it’d be just about enough to keep them up, but sorry boys, it’s 5 this year so bye-bye.

 

 

 

 

16. Ubon UMT Utd

No surprise to see Ubon in the bottom 3, in either fashion or footballing terms. Last season’s kit was one of the worst in T1, and this year they’ve pulled it off again with what looks like the kind of shirt Albania’s 239th-ranked tennis player might wear. The gold stripes look like the shirt has been driven over by a car (a tempting proposition given their performance at Port last week), and bizarrely they appear to be sponsoring themselves. Surely there must be rules about that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

17. Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC

Screaming “Ansells Bitter Sunday League 1987”, this monstrosity looks like it was designed using MS Paint. By someone who really hates Ratchaburi. Everything about it is horrible, from the sponsor logos on the shoulders to the huge, dated-looking Mitr Phol logo on the front. No wonder all their coaches quit after a couple of weeks. An effort which would normally condemn them to the wooden spoon, however…

 

 

 

 

 

18. Police Tero FC

Anyone wondering why FBT don’t seem to get many T1 shirt contracts these days need wonder no longer. This is truly horrific, and looks like they ran out of money and had to stitch together a shirt made up of half a dozen different old kits. Possibly the one shirt in this list which would benefit from having 27 sponsor logos slapped on top of it to hide the designer’s work, assuming there was a designer involved, which is unlikely. Police haven’t been made to look this bad since the Rodney King video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Russell

Tim Russell

The founder and editor of The Sandpit, Tim has been in SE Asia since 2003 and in Bangkok since 2012, where he runs a travel tech business. Tim has followed Port FC since 2014, and is also a fan of his hometown club Coventry City, and French club AS St-Etienne. He has written for the likes of Football365, ITV.com, NME and The Quietus, and is a regular contributor to God Is In the TV. He's a keen photographer and his work can be seen on his website.

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  1. Craig Henry says:

    Outside of the TPL, I do like the (league 4 Southern Division) Satun United shirt. Not least for their Exorcist crest.

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