The Umbro England shirt was a source of controversy upon launch, with it’s £50 price tag being a serious bone of contention for British football fans, who already feel they are paying well over the odds for replica football shirts anyway.
Asda have bought 45,000 shirts (Just over half the capacity of Wembley Stadium!) on what’s known as the ‘Grey Market’. This means that Asda has used it’s leverage as part of a multi-national family of stores (all part of the Wal-Mart group) to buy from alternative suppliers in France, Germany and Spain (Where England Shirts are cheaper and less popular) as Umbro refuse to supply the Supermarket directly.
‹Ĺ›We will sell 4,000 of the shirts on our website and the rest will be distributed across our 259 stores in England.
‘We’re selling them for £25 which is half the price of the recommended retail price of £49.99.
‘It’s taken us over three months to secure the shirts after Umbro refused to supply to us.
‘We started off with a much smaller number but have fought hard over the last few weeks to get even more from all over the show.’
Andrew Moore, the managing director of George at Asda, also commented: ‘We need to call time on the extortionate cost of football shirts.
‹Ĺ›Shoppers shouldn˘€žËt be asked to break the bank to support our boys and we think it˘ time we blew the whistle on rip off merchandise.
‹Ĺ›With domestic and European club shirts becoming increasingly popular, these prices can really add up.’
He added: ‘The World Cup will be the biggest sporting event of the year and we wouldn˘€žËt want fans to miss out on having a piece of history because it was too expensive.
‘We˘€žËve really gone into extra time in order to get our hands on the official shirt so we can offer it to our customers for a fantastic price.’
Umbro, however, are unconvinced that this limited-time half-price offer will be of any significant impact to their plans stating ‘We currently do not sell England product in supermarkets as we satisfy the consumer demand through our existing retail partners.’
Footy-Boots.com can confirm that despite their Grey Market origins, that these shirts are, of course, the genuine article as opposed to a knock-off.
However, we recommend that anyone who wants one gets a serious move on – at such a limited quantity you know that these are going to sell out ridiculously quickly.
It’s a bold move by Asda – here’s hoping they capitalise on this business plan and start offering half-price football boots sometime soon!