The brand new Newcastle United third kit was released last week on Friday September 19th, with the club’s fortunes on the pitch looking significantly less bright than the newly released strip.
As the supporters’ campaigns to force the dismissal of manager Alan Pardew gather pace, club kit partner Puma release a third strip which is a half and half mix of dark blue and neon green.
The kit is a throwback to Newcastle’s first away strip in the Premier League during the years 1993 through to 1995 which in fact was largely a green kit with navy blue pinstripes. Whilst the design is slightly different here, the colour scheme and principal idea is the same.
The inspiration for the new third strip is not the only thing supporters would like to claim back from that time. With a large majority of Geordies wanting Pardew dismissed from his post, the Kevin Keegan era at St James’ Park which incidentally began in 1992, is one the supporters wish they could recreate now.
The kit is completed by totally green shorts, identical in shade to the green used on the left half of the shirt whilst the socks are completely navy blue with a solitary green line going down both sides of the sock.
The kit is similar in design to the other two Newcastle strips for this term with Puma looking to use the same wide collar. The club’s principal shirt sponsor, Wonga, is present on all three jerseys.
With the mood amongst the Newcastle fan base already fraught, the release of the kit has not been met with great optimism with several supporters taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations at both the team’s form and the new third kit.
Whilst Ricky Stephens (@ricky__stephens) was rather drier in his humorous response, “I’m surprised it doesn’t have a yellow belly after last Saturday’s performance.” Referring to the 4-0 defeat at Southampton the previous week.
The kit will be worn in a match for the first time on Monday September 29th when Newcastle United travel to the Britannia to take on Stoke City in the Premier League.
The kit is now available to purchase in stores and online, retailing at around £45 through Newcastle United’s official club store.
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