Fans queue for new shirt
FANS came out in their hundreds to queue for Boro’s latest home strip when it went on sale. And a few changes could be seen from last season’s Premier League strip.
Most noticeable is the reincarnation of the horizontal white stripe that graced Boro’s kit during the 2012/13 season and was a staple on the shirt from 2004 to 2007.
The single word “Ramsdens”, which has been displayed on the shirt since 2011, has been replaced by “Ramsdens Currency”.
Fans queued up outside The Riverside on Saturday, some as early as 7am, to get their hands on the new kit.
As usual, diehard Boro fan Paul “Chunky” Kirkbride was first in the queue, and received a free shirt for his efforts.
Next in line was Julie Henry with daughter Amy. Julie said: “The shirt itself, the retro style, is good. It’s just the band.
“I’ve wanted the band to come back but not that wide!”
Matty Robb, 13, queued for his shirt during the afternoon.
He said: “It’s better than last season’s.
“It’s growing on me.
“The difference is when you see people wearing it.”
Dave Lillystone, who queues for the new strip every year, said: “It looks better on – it’s very retro.
“It’s growing on me but when I first saw it I didn’t like it.”
Kieran Devine, 10, said: “As soon as I saw it I said it’s like the one from a couple of years ago. It’s really nice.”
Others took to social media to express their opinions on the strip that will accompany Boro on their descent into the Championship. One person wrote on Facebook: “Given the overblown build-up, pretty disappointing.
“The sponsor’s logo is far too big, it makes the band too wide – looks like it’s just a white rectangle to accommodate the sponsor. Plus points: the collar is good and I like the embroidery around the badge.”
Others branded the shirt “tacky” and “a cheap knock-off”.
Some even joked the writing on the front was so large it could be “seen from space”.
However, others praised aspects of the design. One Facebook user said: “We were told it would say ‘currency’ prior to today so it’s not a surprise. Nice trim too!”
The shirts cost £48 for an adult, £40 for a child.
Paul Kirkbride with the new shirt