West Brom fans have voiced their concerns as the club mull over plans to install a pinstripe design into next season’s kit.
The Baggies, who are currently 15th in the table, have maintained their traditional stripes since the Second World War, and the Albion supporters have expressed their opinions on the Facebook group ‘West Bromwich Albion Fanzone’.
The general consensus was that the club hierarchy should not change from the traditional outfit. Gemma Downes wrote: “I would be happy with the pinstripes on the away kit but the tradition for us is blue and white stripes.”
Gav Morgan added: “We should always wear blue and white stripes, white shorts and white socks. Away kits can change (although I prefer yellow and green) but that’s our home kit and that’s what my heroes growing up wore.”
By Joe Chapman – @jcwba
Kieran Doody stated: “Technically it is blue and white stripes, just not even.
“The main issue with fans is that it breaks away from the traditional kit that has been worn by club legends from a number of different eras.
“The fact of the matter is the last major trophy we won in 68 was won wearing a predominately white (all white in fact) strip.
“This will all be forgotten on the opening next season, fans will still buy the shirt and in fairness I’d rather we played in pink if it meant we could defend a lead!
Dave Connolly was also sceptical, saying: “Looks like Bjorn Borg played in, nothing like an Albion shirt.”
There were fans, however, who were open to the idea of the kit, manufactured by Adidas, with whom the Midlands club recently signed a contract extension.
Dave ‘Stiggers’ Westwood wrote: “Tradition is why people don’t want to change (don’t tell them we won the cup in ’68 not playing in stripes though).”
Jason Long agreed, saying: “England won the World Cup in red but you would still insist on a white home kit! That’s a pointless argument I’m sorry. We won the play-offs in yellow and green in ’93.”
The Baggies are currently four points above the drop zone with a game in hand over their relegation rivals, and will don the Adidas stripes until at least 2016, after the company extended their deal as kit supplier and technical partner.