By Keith Ingham
Next year is the 40th Anniversary of the year when Leeds United won the League Championship resplendent in a simple white shirt, shirts and socks. The only other colours involved in it were a yellow 'smiley' badge, which was the teams club badge back then and they had blue and white sock tags usually given out to fans at the end of the game.
How times change, next season they will wear a kit so far away from Don Revie's team that to non football fans it could be anybody's football strip. I'm a traditionalist so the idea of going so far away from his original seems a little disrespectful of the clubs history.
We had since the seventies Admiral, who designed probably the worst ever shirt, the blue away with the colour explosion on it. Then Asics who brought in a green and blue number. Puma followed with a blue and yellow away striped strip and the novel idea of hoops around the middle. Nike brought back a traditional white shirt eventually for the never to be forgotten Champions League run and a rather nice yellow away shirt too. Admiral came back for a few years with a 'stripy' retro look, which was shamed when we forgot to turn up at Cardiff in the Playoff Final and were regelated wearing them too.
Then came the 'matchstick' men of Macron, first a bit of blue came in, then a broad blue stripe before at last an all white shirt was produced, only trouble it was awful to wear, the squarish collar was so uncomfortable. A black neon look was tried but as it was an away effort we still bought it in quite large numbers. They even tried to replicate the 1992 Championship shirt but with not much success. Last season had a 'tabard' look to it but the 2013/14 effort will have fans arguing over the summer as to the merits of the design.
Myself I would like to ask whoever designs them to please ask for a little input from the fans for the remaining years of their contract. Billy Bremner summed it up when he said 'The White shirt of Leeds is feared throughout the land'. He never mentioned a thick blue stripe once!.
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