NORTHWICH has certainly raised the game in terms of football kits.

Indeed, our little corner of Cheshire has caught the eye of some of the UK’s leading football bloggers, who have named the home shirts of both 1874 Northwich and Northwich Victoria among the best current kits in the world.

1874's kit is ranked at number 30 FOOTY.COM’s Top 100 Football Kits feature, with Vics coming in at number 72.

By being included, they find themselves in the company of some of the world's biggest clubs including Barcelona, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

"1874 Northwich strike again," said FOOTY.COM's Ben Hyde, referring to last season's away shirt which formed part of a National Football Museum exhibition.

"They’ve followed last year’s fantastic away strip with a home shirt which is arguably even better.

"This is much classier and a little more restrained but it still includes a pattern which pops with the club’s growing personality - even if it was actually the result of an open design competition. 

"It just looks so fresh. The modern pattern feels like a more toned-down version of the awesome new Nigeria home kit, but it’s jam-packed with subtle details built around the ‘74’s own DNA.

"These include tributes to the NHS and the founding of the club, while some perfect positioning helps the crest stand out amongst all of this creativity. 

"Basically, it’s every bit as bold, ambitious and forward-thinking as the club itself, and we should all feel grateful they’ll be wearing this beauty for two full seasons. Flawless."

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On Vics' shirt, Hyde continued: “There are some real gems found in the lower depths of English football.

“More specifically, the Cheshire town of Northwich has developed a real taste for beautiful football shirts, and this time it’s the Vics blowing Premier League giants out the water.

“Their home shirt is just so damn smooth. The fantastic sash pattern is actually based on a shirt they wore back in the early 90s, and it’s the kind of throwback we’d all be gushing over if this were one of the bigger teams.

“It’s all been freshened up with the typical modern goodness, and they also happen to have one of the best keeper kits of the year, too.”

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Picture by Angela Buckley

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