The clubs new home shirt has dropped today and as many fans thought, it is a return to the pinstripes that periodically make an appearance in our history.
Before I start, I have to confess the kit isn’t for me. The last time we went pinstripe was 1995/96 and we knocked through three managers. On that occasion, I bought two on launch day and gave one to my Dad. I was laying Diamond Cable around Lincoln at the time and got bitumen on it as I took it out of the packet. The mark is still there.
Okay, back to the present day. I don’t think the shirt is awful, far from it. I like the collar and the cuffs, both have a retro feel which works really well. I also think the sponsor looks stylish with the rest of the shirt, it’s minimal and fits well. I love the way it works with the black shorts too, but I just can’t get on board with the shirt right now. It might be that it grows on me, the 2018/19 one didn’t, but I have a feeling this one could. Maybe it’s the sudden change, maybe it is because I voted against it on the Supporter’s Board and was outvoted, but it’s just not for me.
What I would say is a football shirt is very much like fashion’ it is subjective. If you say ‘it is horrible’, the fact is that it isn’t, you just think it is. I always get amused at people getting indignant about the shirt design at the beginning of a season because it is perhaps the least important aspect of the summer and the one that draws the most ire.
I can see how this shirt will be popular, even though it draws from styles that came in unpopular seasons. When a shirt conjures up images of Paul Wanless, Udo Onwere and Colin Alcide, it really doesn’t do it for me. That said, the club can’t keep pushing out the same red and white every season.
I called my other half in a moment ago to have a look. She always has a pop at me for collecting shirts because (and I quote), ‘they’re all just red and white stripes, why not try a different colour?’. Yeah, that’s what I have to contend with. Anyway, she took a look at this and said ‘well done for trying something different’. Many people feel their club rips them off, year after year, with the same old shirts. At least we’ve tried something different and, when you try something different, there will always be resistance.
I’m looking forward to seeing it in the flesh, without a doubt.
Also, a big welcome to Peregrine Holdings, our new club sponsor. They’re a great company to have on board and it further strengthens our ties with South Africa and the strong board of directors we currently boast. They’ll be great partners and remember, they came in after the board turned down a front of shirt betting sponsor. This morning’s release could have been much different, had we had a gambling site front and centre, so even for the likes of me who are not sold, we should see this shirt as an indication of the club doing the right things, even if the actual design isn’t to your taste. Or mine.
Here is some of the split feedback received this morning on social media.
Not sure either 🤔 probably would have gone for a slightly darker red to match the collar
— NEZZY® (@NEZZY80) July 17, 2020
I like the collar, cuffs and the sponsor goes well but the pinstripes just ruin it.
— Jamie Carr (@CarrJamieP) July 17, 2020
I like it. Not sure our sponsors will like it as there logo doesn't stand out, but I prefer it that way 👍
— 🔴⚪🔴⚪ (@mr_jonnyd) July 17, 2020
I agree, I like everything but the stripes. I Having said that, a) I must have purchased in 95 despite the pinstripes and b) the last time I hated the kit we got promoted in it….
— Emma Crellin (@emmacrellin1) July 17, 2020
Agreed, very nice details on it but think it will divide people as much as the 2013 kit! Surprised we haven’t gone for a UK company on the logo also
— Ryan Willows (@RWillows) July 17, 2020
Love it, great retro twist
— AFC West End (H) (@AFCWestEnd) July 17, 2020
A nice tidy shirt with a retro feel to it. sponsor ties in very well, just a shame you haven’t addressed the awe full embroidered badge. Top Effort on the retro feel
— 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗻𝘆 𝗡𝗲𝘀𝗯𝗶𝘁𝘁 (@nezdanny) July 17, 2020
Looks superb to me, not bought a home shirt in years but tempted with this one…
— Dave Tindall (@dtimp) July 17, 2020
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