On Wednesday 17 July 2019 betting company Paddy Power launched a new disruptive marketing campaign with Huddersfield Town. The newly appointed kit sponsor got creative with their campaign to launch Hudderfields new home shirt. And the new design, generally in keeping with Huddersfield’s traditional colours, included an interesting manifestation of their logo splashed across the chest and it was not subtle!
Huddersfield Supporter Outrage
Have The Club Sold Their Sole?
Instantly the subject of outrage. The new kit received wide criticism from supporters as well as the wider football community. Social media and news channels were talking about it. Plenty of free advertising. But Huddersfields supporters hadn’t yet got over the previous season. Being relegated to the Championship was tough. And now their team appeared to have sold their sole as well. Huddersfield Town had literally handed their brand to a betting company!
The team wore the clever new kit in a pre-season friendly a few days later. Shortly after Huddersfield had beaten Rochdale 3-1, the Football Association fell for it and got involved.
According to the Football Association’s regulations a sponsors logo can not exceed 250 square centimetres on the front of a clubs football shirt.
We Have Contacted Huddersfield Town About Their 2019/2020 Kit To Seek Their Observations.
48 hours laters Huddersfield revealed the clubs real shirt. Clever marketing at its best, but apparently the new shirt was launched as part of a wider campaign. Paddy Power have claimed that it’s part of the ‘Save Our Shirt’ campaign. Which is an initiative that supports a move back towards unbranded football kits. Lets see how that one catches on!
For new kit sponsor Paddy Power, in less than a week their disruptive marketing stunt had delivered. After the story went viral, they’d gained free publicity that was possibly worth as much as an entire season. Was this arguably better than having their brand placed legally on the shirt fronts?