Best Sunderland Away Kits
Get your kits out for the lads……
Obviously in the event of a colour clash, there is a need for an Away Kit. After Norwich City were relegated from the top flight in 1981, Wolves were then able to go through the whole of the 1981/82 campaign without wearing their away kit.
Main kit – away kit – simple?
Theoretically yes, financially no. Like many others, the team I follow has at least 2 new kits every summer. Red and White stripes are pretty simple though? Therein lies a problem, over the years they have managed to make a mess of such a simple design though….
Sunderland away kits through the years…..
Having said, there’s only so much you can do with Red and White stripes. The Away Kit, offers a whole new world of opportunity… bringing out a new Away shirt every summer, means that by the law of averages…..
Finance 1 Tradition 0
I accept the reasons why kits change as often as they do, I guess if idiots like me didn’t buy them – they wouldn’t have such a market. What I don’t accept is when a clubs big game is affected – City Vs Utd, Liverpool Vs Everton, Rangers Vs Celtic etc ….. these are just too huge and traditional events to be messed with?
A consequence of getting older, is that you moan about how things used to be better than they are now.
A lot of the time this is synonymous with being grumpy and doesn’t actually ring true – 30 years ago I’d have been wrestling with a typewriter and then posting this article off; as opposed to typing in on a tablet and emailing it…… but when it comes to football shirts, the quality is light years behind what it used to be?
It’s worth adding that I support a League 1 club without a pot to piss in, (New Balance Liverpool kit for example is decent quality, but I can’t imagine the office lackey at Anfield is given the remit of securing the cheapest shite he can?)
Charlton Vs Sunderland at Wembley May 1998….
Charlton Vs Sunderland at Wembley May 2019……..21 years later we headed to Wembley to let Charlton break our hearts again. We again wore our away shirt, but in the week leading up to the game, the club released the home shirt for the following season…….
Obviously a camera can only tell so much, but the disparity in quality in 21 years was alarming. For those reading who think the sponsor looks a bit stuck on….. it changed from BetDaq, (new laws incoming). No issue with the new sponsor….. but £54.99……..
“You had one job…“
Bizarrely one of my favourite Sunderland Away Kits, was only worn once and never marketed. A trip to watch Sunderland Away at Palace on a Monday night, (cheers SKY), affords plenty of time to chew the fat…. Monday 3rd November 2014 on the journey south, the following topic was raised. ‘They play in red and blue, our home kit is red and our away kit is blue….. they’ll have thought of that won’t they?”
So….. inadvertently a beautiful away kit was born.
Losing our tradition?
The frequency of kit releases mean it’s inevitable….. there has been a little bit of a kick back in recent years though…
The Joy of 6……
Six is a magic number if you support Sunderland, with this in mind, I thought I’d go for a Top 6, rather than the more traditional Top 5….
Best Sunderland Away Kits The Final Verdict…
Game of opinions as always, but the top Sunderland 6 away shirts for me are….
1st – Best Sunderland Away Kit
Next Season….. Sunderland Away Kit?
We don’t know when this will be….. We will all be due a lift……. We are changing from Adidas to Nike……
Whilst I’m expecting some generic shite, teamwear……
So come on Nike, you know what to do to make us happy…..go on……. JUST DO IT
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2 thoughts on “Get Your Kits Out For The Lads….”
Great blog, first time I have read this blog but it won’t be the last.
Totally agree, red and white stripes with black shorts, simple but effective.
In my humble opinion the best away shirt is a toss up between numbers 4 & 5 with shirt 5 just swaying it for myself.
Take care and Stay safe.
Thanks John ?⚽️