Like many traditionalists I was pleased to see Bolton back in their familiar navy shorts this season after a few years in all white. However watching MotD this morning I noticed them wearing their white shorts against Liverpool – although there was no colour clash.
With a little bit of time on my hands this morning I thought I’d investigate further and see if the club have switched back to all white for 08-09.
Looking at their fixtures, the navy shorts have been worn in all home games (despite causing a clash of sorts in six games!) but it does look like the club are wearing all-white away from home this term.
The only time they have worn navy shorts with the home shirt away from the Reebok Stadium has been against West Ham, Aston Villa and Manchester Utd – all of whom wear white shorts so of course if Bolton wore white shorts there would have been a clash.
In the rest of the away games Bolton have worn white shorts with the home shirt; against Newcastle, Hull & Sunderland (all arguably to avoid a clash) but also against Middlesbrough and Liverpool where there was no clash.
Plus of course they have sported their amber change strip at Spurs and Fulham.
The first time I noticed the concept of a team always changing their kit away from home was Portsmouth in 03-04 and 04-05 when they sported a navy away kit in as many away games as they could – clash or not.