Fans queue for new shirt

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - NEWS -

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

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