It can be tricky to prove the authenticity of a matchworn shirt if it has been laundered, which is why we prefer unwashed shirts. The downside is that some of them pong, and this shirt worn by Danny Graham in the 3-2 win at Newcastle took almost a week of Febrezing to make it suitable to have indoors. Even then, the inside was covered in sweated out salts. Eww!
When we say Danny Graham stinks then, we’re not referring to his footballing ability, though that his season long loan from Sunderland was cut short during the January transfer window is a testament to his prowess.
Graham started the game at St. James’ Park, coming off with 6 minutes to play to give Yannick Sagbo some game time. The blue away kit wasn’t universally popular when it was released, some felt blue wasn’t a good colour for City (although they wore ultramarine as a home shirt colour in the 1930s) and others felt the red socks unbalanced the kit. Still, The Tigers had some decent results in blue, which was sometimes paired with white alternate socks.