City’s shirts featured an amended sponsor for the second time this season when The Tigers and Crystal Palace played out an entertaining though goalless draw on Tuesday night. Main sponsor Cash Converters again used a game and our player garb to show their support for the Movember charity.
City first sported ‘tash converters’ on black moustache appliqués at Bristol City for the last game of October, when we wore the Argentina blue and white 3rd kit in a televised 2-1 win.
A stock of unsponsored blue shirts were used in that instance, but since the Palace game was at home and there wasn’t enough unsponsored amber shirts available, the moustache image was printed onto ‘amber’ patches that were plastered over the normal sponsor logo.
The patches weren’t quite the right amber, however. Furthermore, only one patched shirt was printed for each player, so when some players changed shirts at half time, there was a mixture of normal and amended sponsors on show for the second half.
Robbie Brady opted not to wear a moustachioed shirt at any point, so was the only player not to have one in the first half. In the second half only David Meyler, Alex Bruce and David Stockdale wore them until substitutes Nick Proschwitz, Liam Rosenior and Aaron McLean entered play with patched shirts on. Stockdale’s Cyan blue ‘keeper jersey didn’t require an amber patch, so the same type of decal used at Bristol City was applied to his shirt.
We quite liked the ‘tash converters’ look at Bristol City, it seemed fresh and funny and we are fond of the Argentina blue shirts, but doing it again, and having to cover existing logos with patches that are a slightly different colour to the shirt didn’t seem as clever or worthwhile.
We presume Cash Converters plan to auction the patched shirts, with proceeds going to male cancer charities, but they haven’t gotten round to putting the first lot of shirts up for grabs yet, and with the poppy shirts used at Cardiff also due for auction, we feel auction fatigue may set in.