Can we learn anything from the sharp Blades?

8 Jun

Mention the name Sheffield United and most Brentford fans will likely be taken back to ‘that’ game at Bramall Lane in 2013. Others might think of the great Bob Booker –  cult hero at both the Bees and the Blades over a career the stretched from 1978 to the 1993. And when it comes to on field matters, there’s also the fact that both teams play in red and white stripes.

Likewise, as the other Sheffield club they are automatically disassociated from the alleged supporters’ band who blight games at both Hillsborough and those involving the national side. We covered that off yesterday (thanks, Wednesday) – it’s here if you are feeling masochistic.

And they were the ones involved when Keith Stroud decided to ‘go rogue’ – even by his standards – as we reached the denouement of the 2012/13 season. Three red cards (two for the Bees), four penalties and more yellows than a Coldplay tour in a game which eventually ended 2-2.

We all know what happened after that. Bournemouth secured ‘automatic’ whilst Brentford had to get a win in the final game against promotion rivals Doncaster. I forget what happened next, exactly. If only somebody had mentioned it afterwards (Clem, I’m looking at you) or recorded the moment for posterity, but I’m pretty sure there was some sort of incident in the penalty box.

But the real reason for mentioning Sheffield united today is because they’ve just launched their new home shirt for the 2016/17 season. It is a return to the red and white stripes after the 125 year anniversary special worn last campaign. And like Brentford, the Blades use Adidas as a technical sponsor.

The launch, which took place in front of a select group of competition winning supporters , has now been published all over the Internet. And it has immediately forced yours truly into thinking if we could see some clues in the template to worn by the Bees next season ?

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Can we read anything into the new Sheffield United shirt?

What do you think? A stone cold classic or somewhat of an abhorration? Would you be happy to see the Bees running out wearing this template?

Somewhat reminiscent of our own effort from 2004 with the black shoulder bars, might we wear similar? Or is this bespoke to United?

I have no clue. Like the rest of us, I’m going to have to wait until late July to find out. No amount of prodding kitman Bob on Twitter is making him blab. Although if Mark Devlin is reading ( you never know) here’s another club getting the fans involved in their launch….

Its going to be a long month. Thank goodness the Euros are now upon us.

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The Bees have had black shoulders before

Nick Bruzon

Plug time (regular readers know the score from here) : As ever, The Last Word ‘season review’ : Ready. Steady. Go Again and the three year anthology : The Bees are going up remain available for download. Should anybody want to go over this nonsense, relive these moments once more and remind ourselves of the pain induced by Stroud and the fallout from that penalty’ you can do so now.

It has been a stunning few years. Here’s to more of the same. We may have had a few lows (something about a penalty, the football village, the FA Cup, the pitch, the Marinus experiment) but there have been plenty more highs as the Bees made an unexpected challenge for the Premier League.

Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to “Can we learn anything from the sharp Blades?”

  1. RebelBee June 8, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    Were this to be our new home kit i’d be just OK with it, but not rushing down to order one. Our colours are red white and black, for me that is always a red and white striped shirt (front and back), black shorts with black socks with red and white piping at the top. So the black panel on this one is not my cuppa unfortunately. Possible a little band around the neckline, that’s it.

    I think you have the Osca home and away from 82-83, now that’s what i’m talking about. Castle badge looking as glorious as ever. The blue / light blue striped 2nd kit from that era is lovely too.

  2. zippy zipster June 8, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

    I’m a Blade. I’m glad we’ve gone back to visible red and white stripes. I’m not keen on the black shoulder piece – but I think they do this just to have something to change next time around – because there’s no logic to having it on the shirt.

    Just to point out that last season’s kit was also red and white stripes, but the stripes were so thin that the shirt just looked white from a distance – like it had been put on too hot a wash and had the stripes bleached out of it. That kit, as the article mentions, was a commemorative version of a kit once worn 125 years ago. Very nostalgic – but not many Blades will have been old enough to remember it! So, what was the point really?

    The thing is, this football kit lark is a bit of a racket isn’t it? I mean why keep changing the darn thing every season? It’s stupid and I think once every 2 -3 seasons should be plenty, it’s just another excuse to fleece the fans. And obviously the shirt designers seem to run out of sensible ideas and come up with some horror designs ever so often. The worst kit we had was a dark blue one! That’s straying into Sheffield “the massive” Wednesday territory – and that isn’t good! It always seems to be that bad kits result in bad performances too. I don’t know why that is?

    I hope you Bees fans get a nice broad red and white striped kit for the new season then. There’s no finer sight imo. But tell me, shouldn’t you really play in black and yellow seeing as you are the “Bees?”. (Or is your nickname really “the B’s”)?

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