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Ex-West Brom defender Darren Moore tells fans to 'embrace' new kit

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Darren Moore today urged Albion fans to embrace their new-look shirt.

The club will play in a pinstripe strip next season – but just for the year after fans complained it was a break from tradition.

The Baggies have already ordered their colours for the 2015-16 campaign and will revert to a much more traditional blue and white stripe with kit suppliers Adidas.

In an online Express & Star poll, where more than 4,500 fans voted, 70 per cent were against the radical change the strip is expected to show.

But Baggies favourite Moore wants supporters to wait until the players are wearing the shirt before making their final judgement.

An artist's impression of what the new Albion kit might look like

"It'll be unique so they're only going to do it for one season and that's it. You have to embrace it," said the former defender.

"The dynamics of the club remain and fans should wait until it comes out and they might like it. It's nothing to be alarmed about.

"Look at Cardiff. Vincent Tan has come in and changed their entire kit from blue to red and changed 100 years of history. Albion are not going to go down that route."

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Southampton have recently made a change from traditional red and white strips to predominantly red while Arsenal wore a burgundy kit in 2005-06 to mark their final year at Highbury.

Moore was in the Albion team which beat them 2-1 at The Hawthorns in October 2005 and insisted kits can help create history.

He said: "If Albion get to the cup final it can be something fans can have to remember it by. Support can be passed from generation to generation and it comes with a lot of memories.

"Arsenal played in a one-off strip in their final season at Highbury and everyone identifies with that shirt.

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"I remember when we beat them 2-1 and Darren Carter scored a screamer and it was Dennis Bergkamp's 400th game for them.

"The teams swapped shirts and I said to the lads it's a one-off so it's quite a good souvenir. I still have Freddie Ljungberg's shirt and remember that team when I see it."

See also:

  • Albion set to ditch blue and white stripes
  • West Brom fans vote against kit changes
  • West Brom will replace new kit after one season

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