Who agrees with me that the home kit for 2015-2016 is a significant improvement on last season’s version?
In the photos kindly supplied by SAFC, Jermain Defoe models the new top while Sebastian Larssen was the pin-up a year ago.
What is striking about the former is the greater emphasis on red, which makes up for the absence of a clearly visible and complete third red stripe when viewed from the front.
Against that, it can be argued that the white background of 2015-16 highlighted both the red stripes and the club badge. But my instinctive reaction is that at first sight, I like the new strip a lot more than I did last season’s.
See above. We can even have a little poll to see if you agree. A really sharp or witty comment might even win a mug.
And for good measure, having been pretty unimpressed by our green away strip last season, I love the new “third kit”, worn here by Fabio Borini. Heaven knows when it’ll be worn but I’ve thrown in a question about that, too.
In appreciation of Sunderland AFC’s willingness to share the images, which would otherwise by covered by copyright, the least we can do is say you can buy any of the gear at the club’s online store or at the three retail outlets at the Stadium of Light, The Galleries in Washington or Debenhams in The Bridges centre.
And now we await news on something to replace the unappealing green of last season’s away kit, while also praying a little idealistically in a cold economic environment that Sunderland AFC should always play in red and white stripes unless there is a clear colour clash.