With launch imminent, the Kit Obsessive returns for a look at our good, bad and ugly

21 Jul

Finally. The most protracted kit launch since the Knight Industries 2000 rolled off the production line comes to a head. ‘Official’ have announced that the new Brentford home and away shirts will be revealed on Friday and then worn on Saturday against FC Kaiserslautern. Initial thoughts on this subject have already been published but, before we look forward, perhaps time to look back.

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It’s coming. Not my words etc. etc. etc…..

Last Season I was fortunate enough to be able to write the ‘kit obsessive’ articles in the match day programme in which we looked at the best, worst and plain unusual of the visitor’s kit. Whilst for obvious reasons the feature won’t return this season – barring those newcomers to the Championship such as Burton Albion , Newcastle, Aston Villa etc  – these pages will (amongst other new features) no doubt make the odd reference to footballing fashion.

Indeed, over the years we’ve talked about the best, and worst, of Brentford shirts but never given them the ‘kit obsessive’ style treatment . So with the launch imminent, it seemed a timely juncture to close this loophole.

As ever, the categories remains : The best; the worst; the away; the unfortunate design / the retro classic. Likewise, these are picked using no more scientific criteria than personal taste.

Are these right? Wrong? What are your thoughts?

For me, they are as follows….

The Best: Chad. Home 1990-92 KLM sponsored. Chad manufactured. Title winning. Simple but stunning and the most evocative of memories. No nonsense red and white with black collar and tasteful trim. I can’t look at this without thinking of Terry Evans, Kevin Godfrey, Keith Millen, Neil Smillie and, of course, Deano & Bliss. Didn’t something happen at Peterborough? My all time favourite, hands down.

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Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 06.15.17The away: Adidas. Third 2015/16 Whilst I’ve always opted for the corresponding Chad away shirt, kitman Bob pulled something very special out of the bag last season when we played Blackburn Rovers. A Brentford third kit. In black. Oh, this is a thing of beauty – and not just the image of Sam Saunders wearing it in conjunction with short shorts (which, I gather, medical advice suggests is apparently something not thought about in this already hot weather !) . We’ve gone for black again this season – can it match up to this?

 

 

The worst: Puma. Away.  2008/09 .Puma’s offering was truly horrific. It shouldn’t have been. There was nothing too fussy / garish about it whilst it had two shades of blue. But what a shade – pastel ‘baby blue’. The sort of thing a newborn might wear – until he vomited on it (which would be an improvement). Worse, it was regurgitated as 2009/10’s third kit.

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And from a home perspective, how about Puma 2011/12 Floppy black collars. They’re floppy!!? The only point of a collar on a football shirt is so as you can stand it up – preferably just at the point of entering ‘Saunder’s territory’. Sizing issues. Yet the ultimate crime is the red shoulder patches and double black trim.  A combo that makes us look like hotel doormen in knock off adidas shirts – the brand with two stripes

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Marcel Eger chose to wear a spray on shirt rather than hold it

 

Retro classic / unfortunate design: Osca. Home, 1983/84 . It just had to be. A white upper half and, for the first half of the season, worn with white shorts….. The Marmite of Brentford shirts. To some, an abhoration. To others (well, me) it’s brilliant. One man’s retro classic is another’s unfortunate design. I’m definitely in the former camp

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Here’s hoping tomorrow brings something equally spectacular.

Nick Bruzon

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7 Responses to “With launch imminent, the Kit Obsessive returns for a look at our good, bad and ugly”

  1. Steve kirk July 21, 2016 at 7:07 am #

    the pin stripe kit that looked pink from a distance was horrific

    • nickbruzon July 21, 2016 at 7:10 am #

      Ah… But it did have the Funky Bee badge for our centenary..

    • aussiebee July 21, 2016 at 7:32 am #

      HOWZIT STEVE WHERE ARE YOU NOW/

  2. RebelBee July 21, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    No castle, no party – come on BFC, it’s time to bring it back! Anyway no pressure Nick, but as you’ve been fortunate enough to see the kit and have “green lighted” it we’re all feeling optimistic. Can you at least confirm that the shorts are black?

    That yellow and blue striped away thing was minging, i liked the Hummel home effort.

    I still have one of those “the Bees Sting Is the thing” enamel badges – size of a plate it is. One for the collectors I reckon, still it might even stop a stray bullet one day.

    Is it just me or has this kit thing dragged on way to long now? Get it out there Brentford, let’s get them tills ringing.

    • nickbruzon July 22, 2016 at 5:09 am #

      Rebel, I think you’ll be happy. And I’d love a castle……..

  3. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) July 21, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

    Have to confess I dont mind the two that you hate. For me the worst was the Fulham kit from the Crewe play off final and as Steve Kirk said the pinstripe kit.

    Any chance you can reproduce your kit articles for the blog this season? I never buy the programme, mainly because my pockets are full of other things at the game (phone, money, keys, bottle of water, red smoke bomb), and theres just no room for a programme!

    • nickbruzon July 22, 2016 at 5:09 am #

      Hi BQ. It’s a good idea. I do have a new series of articles which the programme don’t want so will be running those as part of the build up to each home game. However, I’ll be happy to reproduce the kit articles. Thank you

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