Gibraltar lead the way – could we follow this kit?

22 Mar

International break means no fixture for Brentford until the trip to Nottingham Forest in early April. So once more it falls upon the European game to entertain us where, no doubt, there’ll be more than a few eyes cast towards the Republic of Ireland to see how our own Alan Judge fares. But if that doesn’t do it for you, England take on Germany and the Netherlands whilst, for yours truly, there’s the additional intrigue offered by Gibraltar hosting both Liechtenstein and Latvia (not simultaneously).

And it was whilst looking around the internet for news on the Gibraltar fixtures (specifically the goldmine that is Gibfootballtalk), that I stumbled across a wonderful kit design from second division club Mons Calpe. Their current home/away shirt is one to rank alongside the broccoli, jamon, octopus, Che Guevara and beer designs that have featured on these pages over the years.

For all that the English national team are currently dividing supporters with their latest two tone shirts, there’s nothing controversial about this season’s Mons Calpe effort. If you play on the Rock of Gibraltar, then why not make a point of this?

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Football fashion that rocks

So bad it’s good? Or so good it’s incredible? Either way, this bold design is as subtle as a kick to the unmentionables. Featuring both the iconic view of ‘The Rock’ and the lighthouse at Europa point, these are a must have for those kit ‘enthusiasts’ looking to add something a little different to the collection.

And it got me thinking further about the Bees and our own effort for next season. Whilst I’m sure Mark Devlin, Matthew Benham and kitman Bob have the design spec on lockdown already (hint: I really love the black and silver ‘third’) , could we ever attempt to incorporate a local landmark into the design of our away shirt?

The tower at the museum of living steam? Brentford lock? Griffin Park herself? This last option would, I am sure, prove popular if we were somehow able to do this. Whilst next season is surely too late, perhaps one to consider ongoing? Or would contractual obligations with Adidas make this nothing more than the stuff of fantasy?

For now though, an idea which will probably have to be confined to the kit locker. That said, if Mark or Matthew are reading (who knows?) perhaps something to think about for our final season at Griffin Park.

If Mons Calpe can do it….

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Nick Bruzon

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5 Responses to “Gibraltar lead the way – could we follow this kit?”

  1. Dave March 22, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    The chances of having a kit like that are so remote under Adidas that it isn’t even worth thinking about. This is a company who doesn’t really care if they have our business, they just don’t want anyone else to have it. No long sleeves? No third kit on sale? It was noticeable that the club renewed their contract days after a fans’ forum as I’m sure I wouldn’t have been the only dissenting voice in the room had it been announced beforehand.
    Oh, and it’s Liechtenstein. 😉

    • nickbruzon March 22, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

      Thanks Dave. Kudos to you on the grammar, as ever 😉 Thanks. As for the kits, lack of long sleeves has stopped me buying a shirt these last two seasons. Shame.
      I’d agree re that level of bespoke but if you don’t ask you don’t get. Besides , by the time we are ready for one final image of Griffin Park we could have a new technical sponsor..

  2. Tom Burns. March 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    How about featuring the iconic Gillette tower following our close shave with relegation.

  3. Bored with Reading Drivel March 23, 2016 at 5:20 am #

    It’s really good that NIck has been ungagged so that we can read this intellectual insight. I am so happy that I am privileged to read this thoughtful insight into the running of our club. I am sure that Messers Devlin and Benham are reading this crap blog and decided to ditch next year’s kit for the….oh bollocks to it I can’t be bothered any more with this sh**

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