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West Bromwich Albion Unveil Controversial Home Shirt For 2014/15: Official [PHOTOS]

West Bromwich Albion have unveiled their new home shirt for the 2014/15 season.

Out of all of the shirt designs unveiled thus far for Premier League clubs, this one is bound to generate the most controversy.

Reason being is that West Brom and adidas have eliminated the famous navy blue and white stripes that have been worn by the team since 1889 (except for 1942-47 when they wore blue shirts). That’s 120 years of history of the Baggies wearing the famous and iconic shirts.

As you can see above and below, West Brom have changed the shirt design by featuring navy blue pinstripes on the front and back of the shirt, while the shoulders retain the more familiar WBA design and colors.

Before today, if you hadn’t seen West Brom’s home shirt and the club crest was removed from the shirt, you probably wouldn’t have guessed that this was West Brom’s jersey for the 2014/15 season. And that’s the problem. It could have been any club from around the world.

By redesigning the shirt, adidas and the club have removed the soul from West Bromwich Albion.

By itself, without the history and memories, the shirt design is elegant, clean and modern. If this was designed for a brand-new MLS or A-League team, it would be one thing. But adidas and the club have ripped the soul out of 120 years of history by forcing this on the fans of the club.

West Bromwich Albion have already predicted the backlash by announcing that “a more traditional navy-blue-and-white-striped shirt will return for 2015/16,” which makes you wonder why are they embarking on this one year experiment. Could it be to satisfy their new American shirt sponsor by featuring a shirt design that works better with the sponsor’s logo?

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Daniel

    July 11, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Sharp looking shirt. Very nice.

    But I can understand the WBA backlash too.

  2. Bishopville Red

    July 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Another boring, anonymous Adidas template. This shirt screams “clearance rack” more than “WBA” Even the “no smoking” advertisement of the mid-80’s can’t save this one.

    Sorry baggies supporters, you got boned.

    SB

  3. Mark

    July 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    This is essentially the template of Nigeria’s shirt.

  4. Remy

    July 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I could not care less about West Brom Albion but that is a nice jersey design. I guess they are proud of their traditions and mediocrity and don’t want either one changed.

  5. Geoff Bartram

    July 11, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I think it’s a great design, modern and fashionable and after all it’s only for 1 season!

    • Steve

      July 11, 2014 at 11:43 am

      But the fans don’t want a modern shirt, they want the traditional design they have had for over a century. It is the club identity.

      • Jordan Saxon

        July 12, 2014 at 4:59 am

        Because the stripes aint as large as before? be real, albion need a change and the kit looks quite good its just ‘typical fake albion fans’ who want there say disrespecting the club 🙂

  6. NC

    July 11, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Oh, see I clicked on this expecting to see an editorial about how SAP is a far superior product than anything Quickbooks puts out there. Eh…different customer bases I guess.

  7. RonA

    July 11, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I don’t know who you support Kevin – but I’m guessing from your patronising comments that it’s not the Albion. Well I do, and have done so for 50 years. In all that time proper blue and white stripes have been the colours of my team. I certainly don’t want to see them turning out as some sort of Bolton lookalikes.

    But then again, who am I ? Just an ordinary fan who week in week out follows his team. However, when the hyperbole bubble has eventually burst, and football is back again with real fans, then it will be the likes of me, and the good people of Cardiff, Hull, Southampton etc. who will pick up the pieces.

    • Kevin

      July 11, 2014 at 10:20 am

      “In all that time proper blue and white stripes have been the colours of my team.”

      I’m sorry this shirt doesn’t meet your definition of “proper”, since that’s the only word in that statement that doesn’t match the new WBA shirt. The colours are the same. There are still vertical stripes. I’m sorry that I can’t get worked up about a one year change in the thickness of the stripes.

      I love the other teams you compare yourself to, like your situations are equivalent. “They temporarily changed the thickness of our stripes” is not the same as “They changed our colours” (Cardiff) or “They want to change our team name” (Hull).

  8. Kevin

    July 11, 2014 at 8:55 am

    “By redesigning the shirt, adidas and the club have removed the soul from West Bromwich Albion.”

    Yeah…you need to calm down. They didn’t even get rid of the stripes, just made them very thin for one year. I’m curious the level of hyperbole you would have used if they switched to hoops…

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