Silk­men see red with new sea­son shirts

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Silk­men and the Gun­ners do not have much in com­mon – they are based at op­po­site ends of the coun­try for a start.

But it is Ar­se­nal’s home jer­seys that have part in­spired Macclesfield Town’s new ‘his­toric’ 2015-16 kit, thanks to the team’s manager John Askey.

The new home jer­seys will be blue but the away kit will change from last year’s green to a bold red.

The cho­sen colour is also pur­posely rem­i­nis­cent of the 1900 home kit, also red.

Robert Stir­ling, Macclesfield Town’s gen­eral manager, said: “The away shirt was al­ways go­ing to be a talk­ing point.

“It has been a long time since we have had a red away shirt.

“It was cho­sen by manager John Askey whose first ever foot­ball shirt was a red Ar­se­nal one.

“It ob­vi­ously stuck in his mem­ory as this shirt cer­tainly re­sem­bles Ar­se­nal colours.”

Both the kits will be de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by Cabrini Sports­wear and will be of a sim­ple retro de­sign hark­ing back to the kits of old.

The home kit will fea­ture a col­lar, fol­low­ing on from last year’s kit, and a new ad­di­tion of sleeves fea­tur­ing al­ter­nat­ing white and black coloured bands.

The away kit will be col­lar­less with black bands on both sleeves.

The shirts will go on sale to the public in June and the club is now tak­ing pre-or­ders.

Robert said: “We are re­ally pleased with our new kits for next sea­son.

“The home shirt got some great re­views from sup­port­ers who at­tended a spe­cial launch night evening last Thurs­day and we have al­ready taken a num­ber of pre-or­ders.

“We have re­ceived plenty of good feed­back from sup­port­ers al­ready. Once again it was a hit on launch night and I think it will be a re­ally good seller when it goes on sale later this month.”

Shirts are £40 for adults and £35 for chil­dren.

To pre-or­der one for the com­ing sea­son, call 01625 264686 or call in at the club.

We have com­piled an on­line gallery show­ing the dif­fer­ent kits worn by the Silk­men over the years. Since the club was formed in 1874, colour com­bi­na­tions have in­cluded black and yel­low, red, blue and yel­low and black and white. Visit macclesfield-ex­press. co.uk to see how many you recog­nise.

Macclesfield Town’s 2015-16 home shirt (left) and the Ar­se­nal in­spired red away ver­sion

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