The 2016/17 season was our first back in the League after an absence of 6 years. It was also our 9th year with kit manufacturer Errea.
Expectations were high amongst the fans, although in public we’d say we would be happy with simply staying up rather than troubling the promotion places. As it turned out, it was a funny year. After a summer which saw many of pur promotion heroes leave and a rapid rebuild required, manager Paul Hurst departed for League One strugglers Shrewsbury in October after a perceived lack of support from the board. Replacement Marcus Bignot was sacked in April after someincreasingly poor results and incomprehensible selections and tactics, and we’re ending the campaign in 14th with former manager Russell Slade back in the hotseat.
Our squad was far too big, especially following Bignot’s disruptive and unnecessary mid-season rebuild and the only real beneficiary must have been Errea who will have had to supply far more match shirts than they expected!
The previous season saw us wearing a plain, simple but classy red 3rd shirt and the club plumped for red again as our main change kit.
The sleeve cuffs remained white like last season but the collar was red for this shirt. Both manufacturer logo and club crest were embroidered while longtime sponsor Youngs‘ logo was part of the pattern.
Usually I’m not keen on over-fussy shirts. I’m not one for patterning, or too much trim but I’ve grown to like this shirt, despite the admittedly understated pattern.
We’d also see the same patterning on the grey 3rd kit but we’ll look at that shirt in a separate blog.
There are a few of these shirts around and matchworn examples turn up quite regularly and it’s worth picking one up if you get the chance. Look out for the long sleeve example which are considerably more rare.