Football - Stanley to debut new kit

Accrington have announced they are to change kit supplier mid-season having agreed a deal with Mitre.

Stanley will debut their newly-designed home strip on Boxing Day when they host York in a League Two clash, with the new look to remain in place for the rest of the season.

Accrington's kit has been supplied by Samurai Sportswear since the 2011/12 campaign but the club's current design, which was only unveiled in the summer, will be worn for the last time for this Saturday's trip to Mansfield.

Stanley chairman Peter Marsden said: "It's unusual for a club to switch kit supplier mid-season but this is an extremely positive move forward for us for many reasons.

"Joining forces with such a well-respected, mainstream supplier that boasts a wealth of footballing tradition and technical expertise signals an exciting step for the club.

"The players and coaching staff love the new gear and Mitre has already been enormously supportive in providing fitness equipment as well as kit.

"We look forward to continuing to develop a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with this much-loved British brand."

Mitre vice-president of product and marketing Chirag Patel added: "Accrington Stanley has a rich football heritage and we're looking forward to seeing Mitre on the pitch at the Store First Stadium.

"The new kit not only looks great but has been designed with technical purpose and precision, putting the needs of the players first. We are confident that through this partnership we will deliver a strong service to the club, team and its supporters."

Accrington, managed by James Beattie, are currently 21st in League Two, two points above the relegation zone.