Today’s game against Port Vale see’s Sheffield United wear, and launch, the new strip for the 2015/16 season. What has been described by the club as an ‘interpretation’ and hark back to one of the United’s earliest kits, has clearly drawn many varied and strong opinions from the fans within just hours of its release. Firstly, I’d like to say that in my opinion it’s a very smart kit. If the image above shows the away kit (not sure if is away or the goalkeeper kit from this photo) then it’s fantastic, and will be one of the best we’ve had in recent times. But, and it’s a big one at that, the home strip is not Red and White – so I’m not a happy Blade this afternoon! And to make it worse, red shorts and socks. For me (and I know this will vary amongst fans) the kit should be classic red and white stripes, black shorts and white socks – maybe allowing for slight variations like when we had the 02/03 Le Coq Sportif ‘Desun’ shirt for example.
As you can see from the above photo of Jose Baxter slotting home the penalty in the first half of this afternoon’s game, the red stripes are barely visible from just a few feet away, never mind from the stands. As the teams came out onto the pitch this afternoon, my twitter feed was full of people questioning if it was just a plain white shirt as they couldn’t tell from the back rows of the ground. To me, it looks more like a Nottingham Forest away kit than a Blades one.
A question I have, is why can’t there be some sort of poll for the fans to decide on the kit each year. I’m pretty sure a few seasons back we had one, perhaps maybe further back than I think. Below I’ve added an image of what I would like from a Sheffield United kit. It’s only a basic design as I quickly put it together, but black shorts, white socks and smart red and white stripes, as I said earlier. I would like to see what other fans think a United kit should be, or any images from other fans of potential strips.