West Brom unveil controversial new home kit

Albion’s controversial new kit got a hostile reception today after the club ditched their famous stripes.

The club today finally took the wraps off the new one-season-only design today which will see Albion wearing a pin-stripe blue and white shirt in favour of the traditional thicker vertical stripes.

Victor Anichebe modelling the new Albion kit
Victor Anichebe modelling the new Albion kit

The souvenir kit won’t be in the shops until August 1 but John Homer, chairman of Albion’s Official Supporters Club, and a man who has bought every souvenir shirt since they became a regular feature of club merchandise, was not impressed.

He said: “As a traditionalist I find the thing ghastly.

“Speak to a lot of supporters and they hate blue shorts, they are synonymous with bad times. I am sorry but I don’t like the socks either. The shirt is a quasi-baseball type job , not enough prominent stripes.

Gareth McAuley models the new pinstripe home shirt
Gareth McAuley models the new pinstripe home shirt

“As an away kit, it will be tolerable but even then only just!”

But Homer admits younger fans may not be so concerned about the break with tradition. He added: “Speaking to some younger fans on Fathers’ Day tours at the ground they were slightly more enthusiastic, having seen the early prototype. And some fans will buy anything anyway.

“Having purchased home shirts since goodness knows when, this one will not be in my collection. Sacrilegious is the word.

“But for some its whatever turns you on. For me, Albion are Blue and white stripes like Astle and Brown.”

Albion fans were up in arms when news of the change leaked at the end of last season and demanded an about-turn from the club. But the design was part of a new commercial tie-in with Adidas and Albion have already lodged a traditional design with the suppliers for next season’s kit.

See the gallery of Albion shirts through the years

However, it helped Albion hook in new sponsors QuickBooks, who were very enthusiastic about the new kit’s design because it was more sympathetic to their logo.

The shirt is available to order online at wba.co.uk at £44.99 for adults and £39.99 for juniors and infants. A full junior kit could knock back parents £73.97.

Comments for: "West Brom unveil controversial new home kit"

SurreyBaggie

The grand unveiling. It will obviously mean different things to different people, and that needs to be respected, but for me personally I cannot see what the fuss is about. I actually quite like it.

WBA

Adidas

Premier league

Wba

Smart top

What more do you want!

I will be buying due to the fact i like adidas always been the best sports brand

Captain Mardon International

I too love adidas and have a bizzare trainer collection of over 20 pairs, but it's taken away our identity.

buxtonianWolf

£45 for that? The old Spurs kit from the late 80s? Wow.

Adidas the best kit maker... pahahahahahahahahaha. Of course. And Nike use only adults working 40 hours a week to make their stuff.

20 pairs? Really? Let me guess... you never run or do exercise.

Anyways just came here for a laugh and a giggle and mean no disrespect. Good luck next year. Hope you guys stay up.

Jack the Hat

buxtonian,

Could be worse like Dog-Head yalla. I like your logo " What house "?, let me guess, nut house!, is that it?.

Captain Mardon only buys the best quality that is why he has so many pairs they don't wear out easily and he wants an update pair. You must be a one pair a season cheapo buyer.

Gorra loff ay ya.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Johneboywolves

Jack dear boy. THAT top is not an Albion top is it? No! You know it and so does everybody else. And deflecting the truth with your 'dogs head' abuse is pathetic.

Bong Bong Bogeys

UTW and KTF

Old gold class

wolfo

laughed my socks off yesterday over this,

very very tacky shirt from tescos again, lescott is going to look a fool.

thought it was your away kit when the paper arrived yesterday, oh its your home kit????

wow feel sorry for you lot, i wouldnt buy or wear that if you paid me, tacky tescos shirt.

wheres yow stripes gone ay? dont worry we'll make a chant up about it i'm sure.

socks are ugly, shorts are the only good thing about it.

oh well happy with our gold, black and white away kit, classic great designs.

The Real Bully Hoo.

More classic kits along with the DOROTOS one and the tyre marks (skid marks) ones.

Nice of you to come visiting a Premier League site anyway, it must give you a bit of a thrill after kicking around the lower leagues. Feel free anytime.

PS.

You'll be able to see our terrible new kit every week on MOTD, you know the one for Premier League teams before the Football League Show.

wolfo

such a shame this is the worst addidas kit in history.

what a joke, i love addidas great make, great shirts, but theyve seriously designed a training kit here or an away kit, you lost your stripes and your identity.

addidas looks good on chelsea, liverpool, german sides.

but this design is well wrong.

CantelloRocket 78

'Wolfo'-

funnily enough, we loff our socks off when yow lot say yam 'mossive', playing in the lower divisions and having players join Bournemouth instead of wolves-

deluded dingles, eh.....?? LOL......

Johneboywolves

An old gold top??? lol

UTW and KTF

BuxtonBaggie

Uh oh. There's a Dingle living in my town.

Captain Mardon International

Buxtonionwolf - You hit the nail on the head mate. I buy trainers as I need to get to the toilet every now and again, me slippers ain't exactly in good nic these days.

baggiebloke

The new kit looks good. But it is just not West Bromwich Albion.

Johneboywolves

Errrrrrr no and errrrrrr yes.

UTW and KTF

Cannockbaggie

Don't no wot the bother was with it looks great , now on to important things new players please west brom.

glassboy baggy

My God ! .The whole thing looks like its been thrown together and those socks look like something you'd put on in bed to keep warm . However I suppose if we get off to a good start in the league any shirt problems will be forgotten ..The only way it could have been worse is if they'd changed the colours to black and gold , but there's more chance of the dingles getting promotion this year than that . Boing Boing .

wolfo

More chance of you lot going down this season

Baggie 68

Better than I expected, prefer the old kit but it will be ok for one season. It would have been a cracking away kit. I have noticed that other teams have gone for a similar thin stripe this season.

Looking forward to a great season this year.

C'mon you Baggies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wolfo

bet you said exact same thing last year and what happened?

worst team ever to stay in the prem and avoid relegation, very very lucky. this seasons going to be really tough for you lot, crap shirt, crap team and everyone else in the prem will be firing on all cylinders, your destined to go down.

burnley, leicester and qpr to stay up. heard it hear first, dont cry when it happens.

The Real Bully Hoo.

I don't dislike the shirt but it's not an Albion shirt, what were they thinking of?

Why why why the horrible navy blue shorts.

The socks are like something out of a Gok Wan nightmare, whoever came up with those should be taken to the mountain and have his eyes pecked out by crows.

The overall effect is fairly bleak.

Having said that others might like it and buy it so fair enough to them. I know I won't be.

Captain Mardon International

That's a good statement mate, I have to agree.

I like it at first glance, but then realise it's West Bromwich Albion so have to be adverse to it.

Jack the Hat

I would wear that, especially adorned with The Premiership badge on the sleeves. What were we moaning about!. I like the " Quick~Books " logo.

Anybody notice the E&D " Sage " ( on line accounts ) advert above, don't like it up their club, do they?.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

buxtonianWolf

It's Beko, mate. Not Sage.

of course you would wear it. That's all you go on about. Yawn. And you can do the whole "mossive" joke. I come from a family that supports city and united.

In the prem but still can't blood youngsters. Ahahaha.

Jack the hat = jake the peg.... I wouldn't let either near ya kids with their third leg.

BuxtonBaggie

On behalf of the good people of Buxton, can I apologise for this plonker. Please don't get the wrong idea about Buxton. It is a nice town. God knows how he/she was allowed in.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Capey gets censored for calling Wolves fans Hillbillies.

This specimen accuses another poster of being a paedophile and apparently that's fine.

Double standards E&S?????????

BuxtonBaggie

Now I know there's a Dingle in town, it'ss like the Clampits have arrived in Buxton. Bang goes the neighbourhood.

Captain Mardon International

Blimey, you win Division 3 and think you are world beaters.

AndyH

A bit strong don't you think??

I'm with Bully here....E&S let this post on.....

Jack the Hat

buxtonian,

Being a Dog-Head I realize you are too thick to know adverts are periodically changed, That is why I asked if any BAGGIES had noticed the Sage advert. I can't help it if some dumb outsider wants to try to be clever.

I'm sorry but your next paragraph is undecipherable apart from the Man Utd,City remark, now what did you want to say about those clubs as they have nothing to do with this chat. The only pegs I know of were the wooden ones that we bought off Proper Romanies when I was young, I bet you look like one of those pegs, ram you on a clothes line and you would howl just like a Dog-Head.

Gorra loff ay ya.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Johneboywolves

Abusive Jack and not clever. What an awful shirt. Well deserved.

Bong Bong Bogeys

UTW and KTF

Jack the Hat

Johne,

Our shirt is much better than your Sun Crush shirt with its Dog Head badge and the wording of your sponsor is bad grammar as it is a question therefore missing a question mark, proving you lot will wear anything out of a ragbag.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Johneboywolves

Very boring Jack

Bong Bong Bogeys

UTW and KTF

Jack the Hat

Johne,

Are you a Parrot as you seem to be repeating yourself or do you suffer goldfish memory syndrome?.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Johneboywolves

Jack. I'd rather be a parrot than a throstle any day. I only repeat myself because you're repeatedly boring with you're predictable comments.

This was about the very poor Albion shirt and it's obvious you're hurting and scratching back.

Admit it, it's awful!! A great source of amusement though.

Bong Bong Bogeys

UTW and KTF

wolfo

ha ha jog on is that tacky shirt better than the mighty classic oldskool colours of the mighty wolves, very famous shirt world wide. And one of the most recognizable badges in the world too.

hows the dead bird doing?

The Real Bully Hoo.

You hang on to your history mate and leave the present to us.

Johneboywolves

Even more boring Jack. The shirt is awful and NOT Albion is it? It must hurt?

Bong Bong Bogeys

UTW and KTF

telford baggie

why is the sponsor so high up looks stupid move it down abit

Jack the Hat

telford,

Sorry to disagree mate, my thoughts were how unobtrusive it looks yet still noticeable. Some say they would have to ask " What club does the shirt belong to? ", as far as I'm concerned one has to face a Baggy to ask that question, now I don't believe the logo overrides our club badge to the extent as it can't be seen, some opposition fans are going to get funny looks from our lot who will be asking if they can guide them across the road.

L☺Ls.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

BaggieStu71

That's a really nice football shirt but when's the Baggies kit coming out???

Seriously I'm not a traditionalist and actually like it. My son will DEFINITELY want it, guaranteed!!!

wolfo

my old dears dont, thats 3/3 plus 60% of your fans dont like it. 100% wolves fans dont like it.

WheredoIsign

Still a bit indifferent about it but it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. It would certainly make a nice away kit but not so sure about it as a home kit. Probably won't be buying it (unless my son badgers me to get him one).

Still, it could be worse, we could have been facing a "Vincent Tan" and be looking at something completely different. At the end of the day it's only for a year and it's still an Albion shirt and that's what counts.

The Real Bully Hoo.

"Albion’s controversial new kit got a hostile reception today after the club ditched their famous stripes."

Strange lead in to an article that then goes on to print a load of messages from Albion supporters all saying they like it. (Except me that is.)

wilkinda

Its not the new kit which worries me - its the lack of investment in players at the moment and the fact that we seem to be losing out to other clubs again on our so called 'transfer targets list'. Who cares what shirt they wear so long as it's and Albion one and they are proud to wear it!!

Warren

It's actually quite a nice shirt, but it's not an Albion shirt and it surely only serves the interests of Adidas, who are rich enough to cope with a few less Albion supporters buying it as long as it banks them some wider publicity.

If anybody at Albion had any say in this design then it's utter stupidity. I did, momentarily, contemplate the idea of buying it, going to a textile shop and having some blue stripes added, but the only way the Albion hierarchy will understand that they can't interfere with the club's heritage is if nobody buys it.

Also, blue shorts, why???? In my lifetime, they've always been synonymous with relegation and general hardship, not sure why anybody saw the need to change from the traditional white shorts.

Nobody's died and it's only a kit but still, if you strip a football club of it's identity, what separates it from the rest?

Kev in Mallorca

Warren

Thank's for the great idea.

Adeu

Lithium

Search the net for Adidas kits this year, they must only design about 4/5 then the clubs must chose what they want, they don't make individual kits any more. Sunderland and Forest have the same design.

Its smart just not Albion, its just for a year and if we qualify for Europe? everyone will love it :o)

baggiz681

If blue is synonymous with relegation, lets just thank god they not black.

The Real Bully Hoo.

How about as a protest everybody wears a plain white T shirt for the first game

Captain Mardon International

Or blue and white

The Real Bully Hoo.

Not much of a protest though a they will do that anyway Captain.

Medway Baggie

To use a Star Trek phrase... It's stripes Jim, but not as we know it.

Golf One Charlie Bravo Kilo

SS

What is happening to football in England?

Firstly Wimbledon Football Club was destroyed for a new stadium in Milton Keynes.

Cardiff City's owner decided to change their colours from blue to red.

Southampton's owner changed their kit to all red. (They have now returned to stripes)

Hull City's owner wants to change their name.

And now my beloved West Bromwich Albion, founder member, one of the original twelve, has gotten rid of 126 years of tradition and changed our kit to no stripes.

Also what is it with navy blue shorts and socks?

If you want to mess about with the kit, that is why there is an away strip. Leave the home kit alone.

Navy & white striped shirts, white shorts, and white sock. Those are the Albion colours.

Mr Peace I back you all the time against the fans that would spend all your money and still borrow more to buy players.

I back you when you appoint a new head coach.

I applaud the way you run my club.

However I will never agree to what you have done to this home kit this season. Only the JCL's (Johnny Come Latelies) will buy the new top, the fans that only turn up when we play in the big league.

Mr. Peace you have well and truly dropped a clanger this time. Apart from this Mr. Peace, keep up the good work.

Boing Boing

boy from the REAL black country

Well said SS, best post on here - This Is Not Albion!

loyal baggie

Absolutely terrible they have destroyed a tradition with this. I have had a home kit every season since I started watching the albion but I most certainly will not be getting this one.

Stripes will always be albion for me!

BOING BOING

Kev in Mallorca

Nothing wrong with the strip for me except it ay West Bromwich Albion, an away kit yes but o'wow be buyin' one.

Adeu

superwestbrom

I not that

bothered about the shirt its who's in them and how they perform that I am looking at. Some people complain about anything. Don't mind the shirt has it happens.

Baggie Kev the baker(retired)

£45 for a shirt that has absolutely nothing to do with West Bromwich Albion!!!!! they had already distanced themselves away from the fans last season with their lack of support for the Justice for Jeff campaign although in the meantime quite willing to sell Astle products for their own monitory gain, and now it proves beyond all doubt that the club hierarchy have no connection whatsoever with the fans. An american baseball shirt at best. disgusting,

The View From Baggy Bottom

"However, it helped Albion hook in new sponsors QuickBooks, who were very enthusiastic about the new kit's design because it was more sympathetic to their logo"

I hate to say I told you so, but,

I TOLD YOU SO,lol

TVFB♥B

THEGREENMAN

TVFBB

QuickBooks must have had a say in this design to suit their logo, as it is definitely a baseball type, American style of shirt.

I think the logo should be bigger and lower, but overall I don't think it's too bad.

It's good---- but not quite Carling, sorry Baggies.

THEGREENMAN

Paulo

Wolves fan making a genuine comment.

This shirt doesn't represent Albion, or anything else. No football fan anywhere will recognise this as an albion strip.

It takes away your identity on the pitch, and that is the most important thing you need from a club strip.

boy from the REAL black country

Spot on!

wolfo

there identity is getting spanked week in week out, doesnt matter what tacky shirt they have on, still getting spanked.

same old same old

The Real Bully Hoo.

Another Wulfie from the Baldrick school of irony. It's like goldy and bronzy but it's iron.

Captain Mardon International

"Sheet" if I were to sound like an Italian. Why do we have to go down this route?

Our identity has now been wiped. Our songs have to change now. "Oh when the pinstripes come marching in". "Were pinstripe blue and mainly white were f**kin dynamite Albion"

The View From Baggy Bottom

After all is said and done, it is a very smart kit. It would be ideal for Ipswich, or Colchester United, or Bristol Rovers.

Good mind to buy one, then colour inbetween every other strip in blue. Bleech the shorts and socks.

In fact, that could be a good way of protesting our feelings without harming the clubs income from shirt sales. Buy a shirt and colour in every other stripe with a dark blue color-fast felt pen.

Discuss!!

TVFB♥B

Woody65

Don't forget the Blues? Lmao.

wolfo

i wouldnt waste a marker on that tack mate, already thrown away £40 buying the shirt wouldnt want to waste more money, drawing your stripes back on.

we may alter the shirt if we get you lot in the cup, we'll get loads of tescos banners and bags out for you again.

and color your shirts in for you, would that be better?

The Real Bully Hoo.

Keep dreaming of reaching the round of the cups when the BIG teams come in as you don't often manage to last that long do you?

Dreaming probably not the right word, is nightmaring a word?

The Voice of Reason

The concept is very clever. When the average Albion fan puts on this shirt the pinstripes will stretch and it'll look a lot more like the design we're used to. Hats off to Adidas.

baggiebloke

You cheeky Varmint.

Some of us are quite svelte I'll have you know!

The Real Bully Hoo.

Not something many of his own lot can say BB.

baggiebloke

True. Very true.

CantelloRocket 78

Voice of a dingle raison-

here's the thing - your so-called 'joke' has already been used by others over the last couple of months, so your 'humour' reflects your club - third rate, and lagging behind.

Amazingly enough, the first dingle to try 'mocking' the size of Baggies fans weighs 26 stone himself......doh!!!-

In which case, when he and other wolves fans travel in their new away kit of all-white from head to toe, with touches of black on it, we'll have a very strange sight - a bunch of roly poly Snowmen on the streets in August........!!! Lol.....

paulpip

Its just banter, relax, smile, and admit it is carp.

paulpip

And as usual you have got a bit mixed up. Wolves white is the away shirt, it is supposed to be different from the home shirt for reasons I will not go into. Albions new strip is the home shirt, which is not supposed to be completely different from the ,yes you guessed it ,the home shirt.

CantelloRocket 78

Pippy-

'as usual you have got a bit mixed up'.....

so when did I get mixed up before....?????

You've come over here to tell me it's Wolves away shirt - you mean like I said in my post 'when wolves travel in their new away kit....'???

Tell me Pippy, do you share that brain cell with anybody else......???

Lithium

Search Adidas 14/15 kits on the net...there all the same, they must come up with 2/3 different style for stripes and offer it to the clubs, "which one you like JP" they don't make individual kits any more. Nots Forest and Sunderland have exactly the same style, different colour yes but the same pinstripes. It doesn't make sense to them to make, how many clubs they sponsor? hundreds..? they not going to make hundreds of different kits. basically the same styles just change the colours.

Personally i like it, its smart, but not Albion is it. Be interesting to see what the away kit is like.

Cyril

This kit is NOT West Bromwich Albion. I adore the blue and white stripes, the white shorts the normal socks and UNLESS IT CLASHES with the home team when we play away, we should wear it then too. So the home fans there see what we really look like. An away strip should only be different when it clashes. Period. Full stop. End Of. And GRRRR !

Kev in Mallorca

OK if anybody's interested I've sorted Warrens idea out, I've had a word with the printers where I got me PEACE leave our strips alone shirt done and they can alter the shirt to have wider strips, let me know? The more we have done the cheaper it'll be, not that it meks any difference to me I'll still be having one done.

Adeu

Dizzymoth

If I could get to a game and stood next to one of the new shirts I would ask the wearer what team he was supporting.

old age pensioner

It looks ok, but as many have said it's not really traditional, but will be forgotten if WBA get off to a flyer.

Woody65

Looks good but it also reminds me of a Birmingham City FC previous strip! Is this all in the scheme of a Greater Birmingham whereby the Baggies are swallowed up?

Reans

Looks like a Tottenham top to me.

Quite a nice shirt but not recogniseable as Albion.

Jack the Hat

Reans,

I'd have thought any Dingle would notice the Throstle badge. Mind you, it as been so long the last time you played us you may have forgotten what colour and design our strip is, even if you remember the score ( Refresher 5-1 at yours ).

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

RobinBrittain

I wonder if next years shirt will have the star bangled banner on it or perhaps a Kentucky chicken.

Be careful what you wish for.

Have a nice day to yow all..

Quinton Baggie

Nice training kit but as a traditionalist its not for me as a home strip..white shorts and socks aswell a real faux pas.

Dancer

The situation here is that a clothing manufacturer appears to be able to change the strip for sales purposes without any regard for club's identity in the football world. SS @10:24 is totally correct. "What is happening to football in England"?

Stokewolf64

Sponsorship money Dancer... Simple as that..

UTW

Graham

Walsall fan here, hope you wont mind if I comment. I don't think the shirt looks too bad at all but those socks ??. On a positive its not so much what the kit looks like as what you achieve during the new season that matters. Personally I hope you have a great season.

Streetlybaggie

What an awful sight and those blue socks and shorts????

Graham Williams leading the team out in NAVY blue & white shirts, white shorts & white socks to the rousing sound of Stars in Stripes(Nostalgia ,heritage & memories).

The board have none of these and wouldn't have the decency or knowhow to talk to Albion people about what we are about.

The divide is not narrowing, still the strip is here and there is nothing we can do about it.

Come on Mr Chairman you and Mr Jenkins have chosen the strip now get some quality to put in them.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Streetly Huzzah.

At last, something we agree on 100% no quibble guarantee.

On second thoughts perhaps wait until next season to play it in the circumstances.

Lets make 2015 retro season, run out to Stars and Stripes Forever, wearing blue and white striped shirts, white shorts and white socks with a couple of blue bands round (okay 3 if Adidas insist.) No names on the shirts just numbers and tell the players if they want people to know who they are then do something to deserve it.

Streetlybaggie

I will have my time machine built by then and I am going back to the mid sixties and bringing forward Fraser, Williams, Kaye, Brown, Hope, Astle & Chippy as they were then.

That should do for starters and how about Jim Gaunt( I am fed up of all these cup finals, we need to go for the league).

Not to replace Jeremy just to tell what it is like to go to Wembley on a regular basis.

Agreed again???????

The Real Bully Hoo.

If you think Jim Gaunt would do a better job of being chairman in this day and age Streetly, well to my mind it was the chairmen of the 60's that let ourselves and our neighbours slip from a position of pre-eminence to mediocrtiy. Liverpool were a second division team in the 50's but had an ambitious board and never looked back.

rings123

not for me as an old baggie love my blue and white stripes but my main worry is will we have enough players to wear the dam thing

Happy_baggie

Wow - suddenly everyone is a cross between trinny and suzanna and gok wan !!!

Just to remind all you traditionalists that we won the cup in 68 wearing all white.

Don't like it - don't buy it but otherwise find something more important to worry about.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Happy.

I'd be a lot happier if it was all white. My main complaint is those blue shorts and socks.

Not on fashion grounds.

Not for footballing reasons.

Entirely down to good old pure blind superstition.

Happy_baggie

TRBH - Football fans are always a superstitious lot.... But does that mean if we win the FA cup this season we have to stay pin stripes for the next 40 years ?? Lol.

Actually if we did win it I will be more than happy to wear whatever JP and our new cousins across the pond want us to.

The Real Bully Hoo.

I agree Happy but it's not going to happen in blue shorts is it?

paulpip

No, if you win the FA cup there will be the biggest drugs raid since since epo hit the Tour.

CantelloRocket 78

Pippy,

Maybe if Wolves can avoid little Luton in the F.A. Cup next season, you might get to play in more than one round for a change, eh....??

Jack the Hat

paulpip,

Why didn't your club have a drugs raid when it won the Divi 3 tot.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Captain Mardon International

That was one game, and no marketing ploy was behind it.

baggiz681

And we lost it in 1970 wearing all white.

Shropshirebaggy

Dreadful kit, I most certainly will not be buying one.

However it's only for one season, so personally I can grin and bear it as long as it has the Premier League badge on the arm.

wbabomber

I understand fans having a bit of a gripe about the traditional stripes, and yes this strip is a break from the norm. However, I must admit it pails into insignificance when we have much greater concerns at the moment.

Its a bit like worrying that your shoes are getting wet while the ships sinking!!

I am much more concerned at who will be wearing them come August, at lets just remember, at least its not made by Burrda lol.

The Real Bully Hoo.

I love your analogy Jarrod except that think I should be worrying if my shoes were getting wet because the ship was sinking. Eldervo and Jackett have had more experience of wet shoes so I'll ask them next time they're on.

Jeffersobiwan

I quite like the shirt. However I am more concerned about whether the players will 'see' each other on the pitch. i was trodden on for suggesting that it was proven that some of the most successful teams wore red but this majorly all white top will not stand out much.

Maybe the addition of a big orange bullseye front and back would sort it!!?

Mike Baggies Fan (Coseley)

well what can I say about the new shirt "disappointing" it would be better and kept the original stripe shirt that every fan is used to and what we are accustomed to. It would be helpful next time if WBA get the thought of the fans because let face it we are the ones who buy the shirts and at £45 a time it is not a cheap option.

Captain Mardon International

The sale will be on in mid November I reckon.

Stokewolf64

Perhaps you could buy 20 of them then CMI, one for each of your pairs of trainers!!

"You would stand out then" wouldn't you??

UTW

Captain Mardon International

In South London I would mate yeah.

ELDERVO

Sorry guys but it's just wrong on so many levels. I know you all want to put a positive spin on it and show a brave face but be honest, it's a huge mistake.... and those socks !!!! Anyone buying one is undermining this great old club's identity imho.

Albion are blue and white striped shirts and white shorts/socks, end of. This one looks more like a blues strip to me.

Suffice to say, I wow be byin one, and before you all kick off with the usual dingle this dingle that garbage, I do have a baggies shirt worn and signed by Jeff Astle, so i'm not completely averse to owning one.

UTW

Jack the Hat

ELDERDER,

You don't usually say Albion are a great old club, have you suffered a bite off Suarez proportions that has left you with some kind of nasty mental disorder?. Maybe it could be through trying on the new Yalla top.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

CantelloRocket 78

I guess I can only echo what Steve Madeley and a few other guys have said - nice shirt, but not what we normally associate with the Baggies-

the standard for me was even, medium stripes that I saw as a lad in the mid-60s, but I very much like both home and away thicker stripes from the late 70s, so designs come and go - 'Happy' has a point that we won the F.A.Cup in white shirts, I think we wore a different colour in the '40s, and several changes of colour in the Club's early history, so there has been variation in the past.

I don't plan to buy this one, but it seems to involve the sponsorship of an excellent, modern company, and stories have circulated that we're returning to a more 'traditional' design the season after, so I guess I'll learn to live with it, and focus more on watching Baggies players, inside the Hawthorns, trying to win games for the Baggies - it's not gonna change now, so I'll take it in me stride......

AndyH

Afternoon,

it's a nice 3rd shirt / training top....as a training top for £25 / £30 quid it would fir the bill nicely...but it's not for me. Some will like it....some will not....personally I won't and the lad won't get a new strip either this year.

it might make the sponsor's logo look bright and stand out but....if that's the way we're going now we become just another club that moves further away from it's history.

Happy is right about the all white strip.....but we are now associated with the broader strips....

oh well,

AndyH

THEGREENMAN

Andy H

Ha Ha. Typical Scot, trying to get the price down already. Some indeed will like it, sounds like the majority on here at the moment don't. When Alan Irvine was appointed I think there were more stronger posts in opposition to that, than there are to this decision, which we all new about ages ago. Perhaps people have had enough time for the shirt decision to sink in, and really could have guessed what it was going to be like anyway.

I shall get one just to wind my lad's fiancée up. She is a traditionalist and won't like the new strip one little bit.

Does your lad like the strip by the way.???

THEGREENMAN

AndyH

Hi mate,

behave!!

No worries mate......the price isn't the issue, although I do have short arms and deep pockets!! It's just not an Albion shirt...

the lad's 6....he likes anything I like (he has no choice!!) funnily though he's not a fan of orange....??

I think he'd like the short if it had Spiderman or Iron Man as the Sponsor.....

come to think of it...

regards

AndyH

The Real Bully Hoo.

Hi Andy.

How about having Mel Gibson as William Wallace on the front? When he trod on the spider and invented the steam engine.

AndyH

Hi Bully,

not Wallace mate.....the American sponsor would insist on a picture of Mel Gibson.....and whilst the ladies in the crowd would like that....being as he's gone of the deep end recently I think we've had enough controversy lately......

as for the steam engine....put a picture on Jimmy running down the wing and call it the flying Scotsman maybe??

Hope you're well

AndyH

Yorkshire baggies

kits not bad but i do like to us in white shorts then blue.

SurreyBaggie

It's been really interesting to read the opinions on here - particularly around tradition and identity. So many perspectives - none of them wrong or right.

I can't claim to have been a baggies supporter for as long as some of the names on here (I'm guessing). I'm only just in my thirties myself, so some of the references made on this forum are before my time as a supporter, but since following football I've always been a baggie - which I guess puts me on an even keel with the rest of you.

For me personally, I don't see this as a selling out of our identity or heritage. It's just a kit change - nothing more, nothing less. The colours are still there, albeit in a different style than traditionally seen. Are parts of it associated with a particularly negative? Possibly, but then they always will be until they becomes associated with a new, positive one. We aren't changing our name or location or colours, but that said, in this era of football there always will be a degree of change from time to time. Personally, I'm going to roll with it, not feel betrayed.

SurreyBaggie

*a particularly negative era.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Surrey.

What an interesting point of view.

Getting all philosophical, I'm one of the fogies although a babe in arms compared to Cyril and one or two others but length of service doesn't give us any divine rights, we're all Albion and we're all equal.

Which takes us on to the next point. A dad taking his son up for his first season this year. To the lad that kit that's on here is the Albion kit because it's the only one he's seen out on the pitch.

So the lad will have every right next season when we go back to stripes to shout, 'what have they done to our kit.' I suppose it's all about perception and perspective. I still don't think much of it though.

Hi mate,

I've just turned 40 so we have a similar Albion background.....mediocrity followed but downturns / plumbing depths then returned to a little like former glory. But I still think it's not an Albion shirt.

If it's just a kit change and doesn't mean anything I look forward to manure's new PINK shirt next season. I can watch the Pink devils clamour up the league safe in the knowledge that even if they fail then Manchester's pride festival will have even more colour.....or maybe Liverpool can change their strip into all purple!! They'll look like a Catholic church during lent but....that'll be okay....the purple liver bird logo will be fine. Maybe Newcastle could also play in red and white stripes as it's only a shirt after all....and England could play in dark blue whilst Scotland play in white and blue shorts.

The wide stripes are us...a visual symbol of us. And if a shirt / strip isn't important....why did shanks change Liverpool into all red.

Sorry mate....it's a no from me

regards

AndyH

The Real Bully Hoo.

Yeah but Andy, that changed from their traditional white shorts Anyway if we have half the success they did I think you've just made a great case for the new shirts..

AndyH

Hi mate,

I thought that as I pressed post but....the sentiment still stands.....we played in all white in the 68 final and we had a white shirt recently but....we are forever linked with the broad stripes and have been for generations. A better example may have been Celtic...imagine not playing in hoops?? I know the club isn't moving / relocating etc....but to me his feels like a move away from part of our history and it just doesn't feel right to me. Many will buy the shirt an that's their choice...

anyway....I'm now leaning towards having Iron man on the front to the lads can walk out to "Iron man" and have Ozzy sing them on....and as for the way shirt.....whats that going to look like??

cheers mate

The View From Baggy Bottom

Hi Andy,

How ya doin.

I can imagine that the away strip will be something totally ludicrous. Probably broad navy blue and white stripes with white sleeves, white shorts and white socks.

Ridiculous!! More Brighton and Hove Albion than West Bromwich Albion.

TVFB♥B

AndyH

HI View,

now that's a novel idea.....

the way the whole football shirt saga is going across football I can envisage a day when, like baseball......it's white at home and grey away...just with a badge and logo on the front!! Only joking.....

what's wrong with keeping to our traditions, the bits of the club that make us....us???

hope you're well

AndyH

capehill

Bully, the bit about ,taking him up the mountain and have his eyes pecked by crows, actually made me spit me tea out, I cried with lafter for at least 10 mins, the lads thought i had lost it. absolutely brilliant, is there any chance of midlands today interviewing you and u come out with that, i wpnder what the commercial director at the Albion would make of that. Top class m8, boing boing

capehill

Surrey, I take on board what you say, how ever whilst touring the globe in an Albion top at HM s pleasure, the top was instantly recognisable as Albion, the baggies, so for me its very, very sad. Boing boing

simmo54

Capey

I concur with you mate.

It's sh*te

I don't like the shorts or socks either

The only consolation is it aint burnt orange

Jack the Hat

simmo,

Wolves like their Orange Crush shirt.

I noticed a smashing car whilst out shopping. The guy or doll had a beautiful taste as the number plate ended JTH.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

RobinBrittain

I wish everyone would stop going on about the shirts and concentrate on the main issue.

First week back in training and no new players since Chris Baird.

It's becoming depressing.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Robin.

According to another local paper, Sebastien Pocognoli a Belgian international of Italian descent is at the training ground and the signing is imminent. He's a LB and can play Left midfield, fee of about £1 mill from FC Hannover. Hope that raises a bit of the depression.

BuxtonBaggie

That's good news. Slowly but surely rebuilding the squad. Just need some more options up front now.

capehill

Spot on bully , boing boing

JASBO.555

Well here's the thing,...If this kit is hard to recognise as West Brom, maybe the opposition wont realise that we are such a walk over !...It could be a brilliant move !.....Unless of course we get some exciting signings, then it wont matter. Its only one season lads, It wont kill us ;)

CalgaryWolf

As a Wolves fan I have to say this is wrong! The Baggies play in Blue and White Stripes and always should. Some things should not be messed with, and we should know look at some of the eye sores we've had to put up with!

The Real Bully Hoo.

Calgary.

That's modern day football though. It won't be long until it's Hull tigers and their players are running round in tiger print shirts with little tails coming out of the back of their shorts. Did anybody else have one of the 'I've got a Tiger in my Tank' tails back in the 60's? my old man had one coming out of the petrol tank. Sorry Calgary, I got a bit distracted there.

Jack the Hat

Sebastien Pocognoli ( Left wing~back ) having medical at Albion, permanent buy on the cards.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Rasputin

No sorry, I just don't like this strip, they should have stuck with tradition. On another topic I see on the Birmingham mail site a Belgian left back is supposed to be having a medical at the Hawthorns today, Sebastien Pocognoli, plays for Hannover 96, anyone have any idea how good he is ?

Illalwaysbeabaggie

Hate it. To all those who comment that it really doesn't matter; to stop moaning and get over it: that it's whoever is wearing it that's important; that we've more important issues going on at the moment, etc, etc, well, I disagree. The very being of any great club, its heart and soul is its connectivity with its fan base and the global football audience. This isn't achieved only through playing in certain leagues or success on the pitch, it's achieved through the club forging that partnership over time and creating a bond- part of which is wearing the strip with pride - pride that anyone who sees those blue and white stripes immediately thinks 'West Brom'. The stripes are recognised worldwide, and have been for over a century. Maintaining that identifier with the club, it's history and tradition is important. It's absolutely vital. Change the away strip (if you must) but do NOT make wholesale changes to the home kit which strips away over a hundred years of tradition, history and pride, just to make a few extra quid. To those who say 'so what?' well, what's next? Mr Peace doing a deal with McDonalds (for example) to sponsor the ground? Would they still say 'so what?' if 'The Hawthorns' was changed to 'Ronald McDonald Quarter Pounder Park'? Sound like a step too far......you bet. Peace has done as lot of good for the Albion, but his patient, single-minded quest to gain overall control is now almost complete. And so are the mechanisms by which he can arbitrarily do what ever he wants - and as ever, ignore the club's fans, its history and tradition in the pursuit of furthering his personal fortune. Blue shorts - no! Blue socks - no! Trashing the stripes - NO!! IT MATTERS PEOPLE!

Honest He Is My Godfather

Spot on!

Would we forgive him if the away kit was Green & Yellow stripes!? (It's not I know it's red like last years 3rd kit!)

AndyL

After all the build up and anticipation I was pleasantly surprised by the shirt and won't hesitate to buy one.

At the end of the day it's for one season and the most important thing for me it's still got the baggies badge on it.

Beltane

Whilst I've never been a Baggies fan I just think it's really sad no familiar broad stripes to be seen. Granted, the kit's ok (apart from those socks) but - it don't say WBA to me........I'll duck for cover now!! ;-)

astle bridge

Its not as bad as the artists impression we saw on these pages 2 months ago ,not bad at all .Could be a lot worse could be claret & blue for a start or heaven forbid old gold & black so it will do for me .coyb

SEATTLE WOLF

Wolf in peace...

"Not too shabby, actually, taking out the inherent loyalty and tradition bits!

Seriously, that's a fairly clean and snazzy looking kit, baring the non-thick navy blue stripes Baggie supporters are accustomed to.

Because of the outcry and incredulous recriminations , I think this will only last a season or two, anyways. Most clubs have to deal with a few odd years of naff kit, and this edition for WBA is not half bad, really.

Cheers to looking good, or simply to feeling good; as long as one's club is doing the business on the pitch, what they're wearing is secondary!

UTMW

Kev in Mallorca

Absolutely unbelievable some so called supporters have dismissed the loss of "The Blue and White Stripes".It would be interesting to know the age of these "fans", they'll be condoning renaming The Hawthorns next if Jeremy sees a way of making a buck, another reason why the passion is dying.

Adeu

Captain Mardon International

Agreed mate, I can't let it go as it's in my blood to be blue and white. I want to know what his reasoning was behind it.

Kev in Mallorca

Capt

After expressing my feeling quite vehemently in e-mails to our leaders I received a reply from Mr Shifty [Jenkins] noting my grievances saying after the strip had been officially released he would contact me again explaining the reasons behind the change, when I receive it I'll let you know.

Adeu

simmo54

After Nigeria was eliminated from the world cup the Nigerian captain personally offered to refund ALL the expenses of ALL fans that travelled to Brazil.

He said he just needs their bank details and pin numbers to complete the transaction.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Simmo.

That's the way to do it. Love it.

BuxtonBaggie

The Mirror has on its West Brom page that the last time we won the Cup was "over 50 years ago". I have sent a correction. I mean come on, it's only 46 years since we last won anything.

Jack the Hat

Buxton,

Write again mate, our kids won the Birmingham cup. Now if a Divi three tot counts then so does our achievement.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Johneboywolves

I've read all your comments Jack dear boy and every one is very defensive. All too easy to see that you're hurting. Be a man and admit it. The shirt is awful.

Bong Bong Bogeys

UTW and KTF

Jack the Hat

Johne,

Okay, the Sun Crush shirt with its Dog-Head badge and poor grammar is awful, glad to oblige. Now the hurt has gone and I feel much better, thanks for the advice.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Jack.

I see you've adopted a puppy that keeps following you around. Very commendable in itself.

Just remember, A doghead is for life, not just for Christmas.

Johneboywolves

Jack the Rash replies to all my comments. I reciprocate. He can't resist it. So it's the decent thing to do.

UTW and KTF.

Statos Boring Brother

The only positive comment I can make about the new design is that it will make it easier to see the player's name & number on his back.

baggieforlife

Awful. Even the blue isn't the right shade.

Stokewolf64

Bully, Simmo, CR et al...

Was there uproar at the 2005 kit? Not really stripes, more like one big blue one down the middle, and blue shorts and socks!!!

UTW

CantelloRocket 78

Stokie,

from what I recall, around 2005 there was a wide central stripe and one thinner stripe on each side, reminiscent of the late 70s shirt - the point is, we had familiar, visible stripes in 'retro' style, which was fine, although I never liked the pink 'T-Mobile' across the chest.

Shorts were sometimes blue, and sometimes white, though I can't remember why we had both ( except for a clash of colours?? ).

I'm now beginning to realise what 'Happy' meant, it's my Wife who does a course on clothes design, not me......

boy from the REAL black country

2005 kit was white shorts! Wider blue stripes not one stripe down the middle, hence no uproar!

Stokewolf64

Take a look at the pictures at the top of the article (and scroll through them) unless the E&S have it wrong, then you have...

I look forward to your response.

UTW

Stokewolf64

Let me know if you need any info on the history of your club... You clearly know nowt!!!

UTW

baggiebornandbred

got to be honest here lads and before anyone accuses me of being a dingle im not, i really could not carr at this moment in time our transfer momumentum has grinded too a halt losing out on richardson and cresswell to possibly have a punt on a young aussie lad whats that about? with pre season already started trickling players into the group is a mugs game, the only way to gel together is to play together and bringing in a lad in two weeks time would be terrible, in the first four week on pre season is the true grind to find fitness having players coming in later they would then have too catch up

also flying lads out to join our boys in the states would be a nightmare, not in the same condition not knowing any players not a good combo we should seriously be focusing our effort on the players we need, bringing them in to the club and getting them settled,

no matter how i see it we dont seem to be doing anything mervyn day was brought in to de risk signings you csnt de risk not doing anything!

The Real Bully Hoo.

BBAB.

Not accusing you of being anything but you've asked the questions without suggesting any solutions.

baggiebornandbred

trbh cr78,

richardson was a free transfer maybe 30000 wages, creswell was 3m maybe 25000 wages, lets be honest thd solution to our problem is too become aggresive, im not one for trying to fit square pegs into round holes later on in the pre season process, my solution is too start too bring in players show a bit of intent and get lads signed

Jack the Hat

baggiebornandbred,

You give the impression Albion are sitting back doing nothing and that is wrong.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

CantelloRocket 78

BB&B,

to be honest mate, much of what we hear could just be media speculation, I'm not sure if we were even interested in Richardson-

as for Cresswell, I've seen it repeated this week that the actual cost of signing him could end up rising to 7 million, plus salary making it nearer 10 mil., for a lad with no top flight experience, with someone who's watched him closely claiming his defending needs to be improved - but Sullivan and Gold are loaded, and can always outbid us anyway.

The new Coaching and Backroom team have only just been completed, and transfer activity only seriously starts from the beginning of July, less than two weeks ago.

I'm sure there's a lot of background activity to bring players in, especially now that AI has recently had the chance to see the current squad together and training for the first time.

I've now seen it reported that NINE clubs are after Rodwell, the better players are just harder to get, and take longer to decide what they want to do, I guess we have no option than to be a bit patient.

CantelloRocket 78

p.s. - I did see it claimed that Kieran Richardson was happier to stay in London - either with Fulham or a move to West Ham - but Roy Keane going to Villa changed his mind, because he was Man.U. captain when KR came through the ranks at Old Trafford-

which shows that players can use a variety of personal reasons where they want to be, in which case we have litle control over such situations.

The Real Bully Hoo.

BBAB.

We're signing a LB and the fact that he's not been mentioned in any paper in connection with us shows how accurate the papers are generally.

If it's not Man Ure, Chelsea or one of that lot they're not really interested and will print any old garbage to fill the space about the other clubs.

This is how we have to do business because we haven't got the financial clout West Ham have or even Fulham come to that. Slowly slowly or in our case quietly quietly catchee monkey.

Last season was a warning that JP seems to have taken notice of. Having said that he's not the type to try to appease the fans by running out and making scatter gun signings. Thank God.

PS.

I'm an admirer of Richardson as a player but sometimes ex Man Ure, especially when they're Londoners come with a big time Charlie mentality and we can do without that.

baggiebornandbred

Hi lads,

I dont disagree with you I know we haven't got amamzing buying power but we still have some I might be wrong here I dont know but for me I would like to see more aggression in the signings,

CantelloRocket 78

It looks like Riviere's most likely heading in the direction of Newcastle-

we were told in the media that he's been making 'BIG' demands - in other words asking for an overblown salary, despite not being a regular starter at his current club - but Mike Ashley's worth 1.5 billion, it's probably loose change to him-

so just in case anyone starts moaning that we're missing out on a target, can they suggest how Albion could compete with a moneybags owner doing a deal with a greedy mercenary......??

The Real Bully Hoo.

Rocket.

Despite being mega rich Mike Ashley still doesn't throw money at Newcastle, something their fans moan about but I find quite refreshing. He's a successful businessman and understands that money has to be earned. I wish a few more chairmen would learn from him.

Although for all we know he may still end up here, I've had an uneasy feeling about him for a while. Without wanting to sound racist, he's French and for some reason they seem to be the ones who want to be offski more than others, the Newcastle contingent, Debuchy, Ben Arfa etc always seem to be on the brink of leaving for a better offer.

CantelloRocket 78

Bully,

actually you say that, and yes, some Businessmen are very rich, then remain that way because they value what they have when they realise the effort required to achieve it-

I guess Steve Morgan at Wolves feels the same way, when expensive flops start draining the funds......

Osborne's Gloves

Jack...anymore news on Sebastien Pocognoli? If this is true, then a a quality signing........

Jack the Hat

Osborne,

The left-back, currently with Hannover 96, is due for a medical with Albion today ( Friday ) and he played against us in a friendly last Summer. Belgium world cup international, will cost more than £1m. That is it about mate.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

wolfo

never heard of him? who is he? another bum signing on the way i see, burnley are going to woop you lot

CantelloRocket 78

'wolfo'-

Looks like yer running around the Baggies site like a stupid little kid knocking doors and pulling yer tongue out-

must be hard seeing us top flight clubs when yer used to playing Crawley and Stevenage-

enjoy the chumpionship and them yella shirts yer wear, eh......??

The Real Bully Hoo.

I suppose this signing means we won't be getting Steven Ward.

capehill

Well , for me , footy is a game of two halves , and for some reason, not rose tinted specs, I just feel we r going to do good things this coming season. AI seems to have had a calming effect, no outcry from prima donnas in the squad. Every one is just keeping calm and getting on with it. I just love it , when there s no stories coming out of unrest, players need a separate coach because they are deemed surplus on fat wages, our players running through the town centre,( look at us in our Burberry) no need we got a centre of excellence, The targets we've failed to get are just speculation, the targets are picking top clubs in the greed league ie Arsenal, and not Bournemouth. Harry Maguire isn't on our radar, and Stearman thank god is staying at Wolves, apart from our new home shirt, (it isn't a denim dungaree), we are Albion, we are Albion, now mods come on , have a word, if that is offensive , im writing to my MP. boing boing

The Real Bully Hoo.

After the start of your post I thought you must be sick as a parrot at having your posts ditched but over the moon that you've got one through.

Anyway, there are no easy posts and you need to take one post at a time. On paper posting is an easy game but at the end of the day it can bite us all in the bum.

And finally remember that these things tend to even themselves out in the end so you should get loads of posts on and your mate Ronnie won't be on again until about 2021.

capehill

Ha Ha , nice one bully, the mods just keep deleting them , but I will be writing to the ED of E&S to make sure he can explain the policies of Rascism, politics religion, and sexual, as the dingles frequently post em, I mention Wurzels and im banned, explain that 1 , boing boing

CantelloRocket 78

Capey,

don't know if you've heard the local news, but it seems some wild dog answering to the name of 'wolfo' has escaped from Dudley Zoo-

howls a lot, runs around on all fours, wears a yella doggy coat, and jumps on tables with laptops, so accidently types incoherent messages-

if you see him, approach with care - then loff at him........;-)

The Real Bully Hoo.

Don't scare him off Rocket, he's been the best sport on here for ages. A bit like those safari's the yanks go on and have a mangy old lion rounded up for them to shoot from behind a fence.

colindbaggie

It seems we are not the only ones with gripes about their new kit. According to the Daily Star the manure fans arent too happy either.

Kananga

Nice kit-at least it doesn't look like the Silentnight Beds Hippo pyjama suit. Looks like jack the hat with his 15 posts didn't get a barbeque invite again.

bob.williamsfindlay

The direction we're heading in, brown shorts might've been more advisable .... Seriously, it's just another minimalist, off the shelf, bog standard design for 21st century. Bland, boring, conservative and ... zzzzzzzzzzzz! Roll on Season 2015-2016.

capehill

Yep I saw him CR, bindipping, I walked up behind him and shouted NETTO, he yelped, then squealed WEEM more mossive and ran off on all fours.