City switched to kit supplier Avec for 1999/00, the first year the Football League sanctioned the use of player names and squad numbers on shirts, so long as they were applied in a standardised letterset featuring the League logo. This shirt was worn by Gary ‘The Bouncer’ Brabin on the final day of the season against Hartlepool and remains unwashed. It was later signed by several squad members.


The Nationwide League sleeve patches for this season were retro-reflective, so glowed under floodlights or in photos taken using a flash. All player shirts were size XL in this era, and players were issued just two home kits for the entire campaign and forfeited wages if they swapped shirts, not so tempting when we played Halifax and Mansfield, but more so when we faced both Chelsea and Liverpool in cup competitions in 1999/00.