TTU Awards 2010/2011: Worst Kit
Regular readers of these pages will know that we embrace tradition. Identikit all seater stadia and the “it began in 1992” mentality are not for us. As far as kits are concerned, West Bromwich Albion’s current neglect of the green and yellow stripes offends, and Manchester City should always sport Milanese style away from home.
But there is a difference between respecting a trend built up over years and a specious attempt to cash in by attempting to exorcise Gods of a distant, long forgotten past. For all its aesthetically stylish, Teofilo Cubillas-evoking design, Southampton’s 125 year anniversary effort represents a marketing campaign and nothing else, as did Arsenal’s equally comely redcurrant number and Manchester United’s ghastly Newton Heath combo of a few years back.
Taste is undefinable so challenging the Saints in this category have been Bradford City’s home shirt (the return to pinstripes was unwelcome although perhaps not sufficiently so to be massively offensive), Watford and Preston North End, the latter largely for no good reason beyond prejudice.
Last Year’s winner: Newcastle United (away)