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The relationship between City and kit supplier Matchwinner came to an abrupt end in 1993, leaving replacement ‘technical partner’ Pelada without enough time to create a set of kits for the start of  1993/94. So the Matchwinner shirts from 1992/93 were patched over with Pelada logos, new numbers (as the old ones had Matchwinner’s arrowhead logo cut out) and the wordmark of new sponsor, local nightspot Pepis, until Pelada’s own designs were ready for use. After a few months of wearing all white as a change kit, City switched to jade, white and black as alternate colours.

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This shirt is a player issue away shirt from the second half of 1993/94, the club crest and maker’s mark are both embroidered whereas replicas had heat bonded versions. The outlined numbers have the Pelada logo cut out. Dean Windass wore number 10 most in 1993/94, though Chris Hargreaves wore a short sleeved number 10 shirt at Bradford, where City paired the away shirts and shorts with the home kit’s amber socks for a 1-1 draw.

The club evidently run out of Football League sleeve badges by the time the away shirts were printed up, as the replacement home shirts had them but the away shirts did not. The shirt shows signs of heavy wear, there is pilling, snags and the number is faded in places. The shirt would only have been used in first team games for half a season, as massive Needler’s Sweets patches were sown over the Pepis logos for 1994/95, so the extensive wear either comes from use in reserve games or use by whoever owned it when it left club ownership.