By Keith Ingham
On Thursday the twenty sixth of June 2014 something wonderful happened after years of terrible designs by the Italian sportswear firm Macron... We finally got what we all have wanted, an all white kit, bar for a couple of navy blue 'touches'. It's definitely got fans of not only Leeds talking as the club revert to the kit synonymous with the clubs better times. Here's a look at some that have and still are loved and worn by the faithful
When Don Revie arrived at Elland Road he decided that the team would play in the colour of Real Madrid and although the team was a struggling second division side at the wrong end of the table he had the vision that better times were around the corner. Within a short time Leeds were promoted and wore the strip with distinction, although not winning the FA Cup in 1965 they returned to Wembley in 1968 to claim the League Cup with a 1-0 win over Arsenal. In both these games the owl badge was the club badge and the rise of Leeds continued with a title win in 1969. In 1972, still in White claimed the FA Cup all that changed was the badge which became LUFC, these were great times and although their were many near misses everybody knew you were a Leeds fan if you wore the shirt. My favourite ever shirt I still wear is the 1974 version they won the Division One title in, with collar and the 'smiley' badge.
As times changed so did the kit, Admiral added blue and yellow to the collars and edging as the club, now without Revie went for a more contemporary style. Umbro brought in more colour to the kit and continued to move away from the predominantly white as Leeds slipped down the league to finally end up back in Division two. The wilderness years in that league brought more variations of white, blue and yellow. Only when Howard Wilkinson arrived did the 'all white' strip return, it was more traditional with only a little blue and yellow trim with a white rose badge, after winning promotion the design was changed and the team became the last team to win the League Championship in 1992. Admiral returned but edged the shirt with blue and a material that felt like cardboard and was uncomfortable to wear. Asics brought back white in 1996 with turtle neck collar from there we were supplied by Puma who again went for White with blue and yellow.
The turn of the century brought back another of my favourites, the Nike home shirt, worn throughout the Champions League journey. I even saw one in the Barcelona club shop when I visited there. It was plain but it was Leeds and just a great strip. Admiral returned in 2006 with the Bet 365 effort worn in the disastrous play off final in 2006. Macron became kit suppliers in 2008 and Leeds's strip became a mix of various concepts of mainly white with varying amounts of blue and yellow trim culminating in probably the most controversial of the clubs recent times when they based it on a cigarette packet. Loathed my most fans but it still adorned many a Leeds fan. I wasn't sure at first but it was bought for me so I needed to show willing and wear it. We won one game when I did so that kind of sums it up. I was soon back in my 74 shirt.
So my friends we have now reverted as close as we probably can to the strip that made us so proud, all we need now is a team to do the same and 2014/15 might just be a better season than recent years, I can hope that anyway. Never thought I'd say it but well done to the club and Macron for as I say in the articles title just about getting it 'white'.
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