The club generously donated the entire set of pre-season shirts to a supporters team in 2001, and we snagged the shirt Justin Whittle wore in home friendlies against two sides competing in the UEFA Cup in 2001/02, Scottish League Cup finalists Kilmarnock and Serbian side FK Obilić of Belgrade.
The shirts used in pre-season were a little lighter than those used in the league campaign, they didn’t carry the oval Nationwide Football League sleeve patches and were paired with plain black shorts without a club crest in friendlies while Patrick manufactured the full kit for league use.
They did though have the full size player numbers and name letters. The letters are 73mm tall, whereas those applied to club shop purchased replicas were just 62mm.
Whittle skippered the side for the 2-2 draw with FK Obilić (as seen above) and wore his customary ‘flesh’ coloured sock tape captain’s armband. We asked him about that when Judda signed the shirt underneath his squad number, he said the proper armbands the club issued at the time were “too tight”.