Last season City used amber shorts with the home shirt on six occasions; at Derby, Southampton, Coventry, Crystal Palace and Portsmouth and once at home, donning the alternates when Southampton foolishly brought only black shorts with them.
Amber alternates will be part of the 2012/13 ensemble too, and will work equally well with the black away shirts (please hurry up and unveil the away kit City!) as the largely amber primary shirts.
The new alternate shorts were given a debut in last weeks friendly at Blundell Park, a 0-0 draw with Grimsby who wore their traditional get-up of black and white striped shirts, black shorts and red socks, hence the need for City to go with amber shorts.
The block of black at the top of the home shirts provides enough contrast for the amber shorts to not look make the whole kit look washed out, but not so much contrast the amber components appear to be different shades. We’re a fan of amber shorts being used away when the home side use black shorts and our away shirt wouldn’t really work (such as at Derby) but it is disappointing that these don’t look sufficiently different to last years shorts.
Mark Cullen was one of several players at Grimsby wearing undershorts that if used are supposed to match the shorts worn over them, but they were a bit too orangey to be truly described as matching. Kitman John Eyre said he is hopeful of getting undershirts that match the amber of the home shirts far more than last years yellow undershirts, but these orange undergarments don’t fill us with faith that they will. Saying that, the rule about undershirts is they must match the main colour of the sleeve, and it is arguable that they’re mostly black, in which case black undershirts could be used, Robert Koren got away with it at Winterton, even using thumb-holes for true ‘thumbing nose at authority’ effect.