We’re starting to see the first inklings of next season’s strips already. Watford and Ipswich have already published polls for fans to choose the 09/10 designs. Thankfully the voting supporters saw sense with Leicester’s new home shirt and have decided to leave it blank rather than the slightly dodgy messages/slogans that were the alternatives. It seems the away shirt will be sponsored by a local charity as well which is a great gesture by the club.
Sticking with Leicester, they had to lend a set of away kits to visiting team Brighton last week due to a colour clash. This is despite Brighton wearing FOUR, yes FOUR kits this season already! Forget everything else connected with football shirts for the moment, the primary function of a football kit is to allow one team to be clearly distinguished from another and for players to easily recognise their teammate. I find it incredible that in this modern age of football shirts this event is still happening! Surely with four kits at their disposal they could have bought one that could be told apart from Leicesters? Incidentally, I presume squad numbers and names etc go out the window in this event? Or do they print up special bastardised versions in the club shop? Plus, how do the sponsors feel knowing that their logo won’t be seen for one patch? Borrowing kits opens up many cans of worms.
The latest edition of the rather excellent Backpass magazine features a short article that I’ve written on Birmingham City’s infamous German flag kit of the early 70s. To find out more about this magazine, which is essential reading for any football fan, visit www.backpassmagazine.co.uk.
I’ve also been interviewed by Wolves fanzine ‘A Load of Bull’. I’ll let you know when it comes out.
The Sheffield Wednesday kit section is coming on well – almost finished! – and is attracting a few comments. I hope to get some more up this weekend. Due to several, ahem, errors and omissions in the Wales section in True Colours 2 I’ll also be publishing a small articles on Wales kits from the mid 70s to the late 80s. Some of the kits are already in the updates section but I thought it would be good to clarify everything. I’ll also be putting together a small piece on Middlesbrough kits from 1970 to the late 80s.
Incidentally, I’d be interested to hear your views on my latest illustrations. You will notice I’ve updated the Owls kits with textures, fabric folds etc but would you want to see additional League logos and backs of the shirts as well as I’ve used on my 08-09 kits section? Any feedback or opinions on how the illustrations could look and what you would like to see on them would be much appreciated.