There were times in the 1995/96 season when fans must have wondered if the Mariners might push for promotion into the top tier but sadly it wasn’t to be. A season which promised so much ended with us battling against relegation. Player/manager Brian Laws kept his job in the summer, only to be shown the door in the Autumn of ‘96 despite chinning fan-favourite Ivano Bonetti after a loss away at Luton in February.
A month earlier Town had absolutley slaughtered future manager Lennie Lawrence’s Hatters in the FA Cup and despite league form tailing off, went on to beat West Ham before falling short in a fifth round replay against Chelsea,
The squad was crammed full of big names in Town’s history, including Paul Groves, Gary Childs, John McDermott, Clive Mendonca and Gary Croft. As I write this, striker Neil Woods is back at Blundell Park managing the academy, and midfielder Craig Shakespeare finds himself temporarily in charge of champions Leicester City.
But we’re not here to reminisce over the squad, let’s take a look at a real beauty; that season’s away shirt. Kt manufacturer Diadora only provided Town’s shirts for a couple of seasons but they were superb. The away kit recalled the colours of one of Bonetti’s former clubs, Bologna, and the shirt’s muted red and blue just oozed class. The same design had been used the previous season too but 1995/96 gets the nod from me simply because I prefer the look of the the Food Town logo over the former sponsor, Ciba,
Bloody lovely 🙂