By our reckoning, City hadn’t worn amber shorts for a home league match since 1965 until last night, when League leaders Southampton arrived at the KC Stadium with only their black primary shorts. Rather than make the Saints wear a set of our shorts, City deferred and wore the amber alternates with the regular black socks for the 2-0 defeat.
It created an odd look, perhaps we should have gone with the amber alternate socks too, but the kit inventory is not stored at the KC Stadium, rather at the Millhouse Woods Lane training complex and bused in for each game, so it is understandable that during a quick dash to Cottingham only the alternate shorts were collected.
City have previous when it comes to choosing to change themselves rather than lend a visiting opponent some kit, back in August 2004 Bradford tipped up with only black shirts with amber trim, so City wore the sky blue away shirts and socks with black shorts. The Tigers lost that game too, maybe we should force the opponent to wear some of our kit after all.
As well as wearing the amber shorts twice in a season against Southampton (having used them in the game at St. Mary’s in November) City have now worn them in back to back games, as they were used with the amber socks in the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday.