Shorts stories: Cut from the same cloth

Since Boston United switched from blue and white to amber and black in 1951, City and The Pilgrims have shared a colour scheme.

At the turn of this century, the sharing went a step further, with the two teams sharing the same fabric for kit elements despite arrangements with different and unrelated sportswear brands.

After an unseemly incident at Darlington in October 2001 that led to City borrowing the home side’s away shorts (and Darlo players changing shirts mid-game on the pitch), The Tigers commisioned some alternate amber shorts that could be worn with the plain amber shirts and socks in away games when the home side wore dark shorts.

The amber shorts were soon pressed into action and were used twice in November 2001, first in a 2-1 defeat at Lincoln and then in a 1-0 win at Luton. Whereas City’s plain amber 2001/2002 home shirts featured a ribbed, needlecord weave, close inspection of the alternate shorts shows a shadow pattern of chevrons in diamonds woven throughout.

This diamond pattern was used on Boston’s home shirt from, 1999/2000, a shirt ‘made’ by Belper based sportswear firm Paulas Benara. In reality the shirts were made in East Yorkshire by Dewhirsts Sportswear Ltd. of Driffield (who have a factory on Amsterdam Road, Sutton Fields in Hull) as were City’s kits despite the Patrick branding.

Though City’s alternate shorts carry the French sportswear firms stylised P logo, they’re  undoubtedly made from the same fabric as Boston’s Paulas Benara branded amber shirts, meaning our alternate shorts were quite literally cut from the same cloth as Boston’s shirts.

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