Solid history in solid colours

As far as symbolism goes it could not have been more clear when at midnight on Monday pictures emerged of the new all claret Bradford City strip.

“You have to earn your stripes,” it seems to say “and you lot didn’t.”

The storm around the new kit which will be seen for the now common twelve months before no doubt vanishing in a wave of Save Our Stripes and Back To Basic campaigns is inevitable and one wonders how football fans ended up so conservative. Every club cherishes not it’s past but rather a section of that past which is deemed as being the right part of history to savour.

The new strip more closely resembles the amber yoke on claret of 1911 some may say, others will point out that one solid colour simply looks nicer. Both schools of thought have merit but as with everything City related the grumbles will rumble.

One wonders why, in anticipation of these grumbles, City would bother with this switch at all. One doubts it will sell more shirts with those who are given to replicas probably buying and those who are not being unmoved but perhaps a mentality has it that ‘forcing’ fans into buying new shirts will earn much needed revenue. Certainly I’ve never felt a compulsion to buy any shirt more or less based on the design. It is what it is, or rather what it becomes.

Don Revie’s Leeds United dumped the blue and yellow civic coloured for a Real Madrid white which is now considered traditional and few Manchester United fans consider green and yellow halves worth returning to. Football kits tend to be judged by the success a team has in them.

Back to back promotions, cup runs, good times. should these follow then the stripes may end up consigned to history for by a new generation of fans.

If not then back to the stripes and try again.

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