Back in 1970’s I was a spotty faced youth in my first years of supporting Leeds United. I had one wish for Christmas, not a smart pair of shoes, new coat, a Slade LP. I wanted a yellow Leeds United shirt.
It was the season that the club reached the European Cup I fell in love with the superb design that Admiral Sportswear produced. It graced the Campe Nou where despite Gordon McQueen getting sent off they drew 1-1 and progressed to Paris for the unforgettable (for the wrong reasons) Final with Bayern Munich.
In those days money was tight, my Dad was bringing me up alone and Christmas was hard for him, but come Christmas Day I opened up my last present to find the gift I’d wanted the most. A yellow away shirt plus the shorts and socks too! It was one of the best presents I’d ever received.
I wore it nearly every day until it had countless ‘runs’ in the material and the plastic badge was falling off but I kept it long after I’d grown out of it size wise.
From that time the colour yellow has been always linked to the club, there has been many designs since that 1975 design, the 80’s brought a BURTON design by Umbro if I remember correctly, it was followed by a mix of blue and yellow when Billy Bremner was in charge of the team.
The nineties brought another superb yellow design worn in the Promotion year, closely followed by the Evening Post shirt worn when Leeds became the last English Champions before the Premier League came into force.
The turn of the millennium brought a classic from Nike that was worn during the Champions League run to the semi final with Valencia. There has been others but the ones I’ve mentioned are the ones that stand out in my memory.
Our latest suppliers of kit have brought a yellow strip out before, the yellow with a blue trim with no sponsor worn a few seasons back. But now we have a new one to spend our money on and it’s a beauty! Mainly yellow shirt with a blue and white trim with blue shorts and yellow socks with a blue and white trim. After the surprise of the away shirt the third strip was a pleasant surprise and will be worn for the first time at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
Congratulations to the designers and the club for a shirt that took this particular fan back to his first shirt he ever owed.
By Keith Ingham