THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW SUFC KIT
For the first time since 1996/97, Sutton ran out for the new season with a new kit design. Replacing the popular chocolate and amber quarters introduced for the centenary celebrations is a striped design two seasons in the making.
The story began during the 2003/04 season when a Junior Supporters' Club competition to design a new kit was won by the following design (submitted by our sister, Claire):
During the close season, Claire was approached by the club to check that she had no problems with a sample kit being made up from her designs, but a delay in getting the sample from the manufacturers ruled out the possibility of changing the kit in time for the 2004/05 season.
The club continued to explore the idea of a striped design throughout the 2004/05 season, at one stage producing the following sample:
(With thanks to Howard Nyman for the photo)
The long summer break leading up to the 2005/06 season was filled with frequent conversations on the United message board as fans debated the merits of a striped U's shirt and tried to glean any information from the club on the likelihood of new shirts at all. Pre-season came and went with the team decked out in the familiar quarters before, finally, on the opening day of the league season, the team ran out in the new home design and, a week later, sported the new-look away shirt at Yeading: