For the latest in our very nearly weekly feature, Sartorial Soccer salutes Colchester United’s military inspired camouflage kit.
You may not have seen Colchester United’s new camouflage away kits.
Few people can in fact.
The shirts in black and grey combat print have grabbed supporters’ attention and sold-out far quicker than the club and manufacturers Macron had expected.
The ancient Roman city of Colchester has a military tradition dating back to 43 AD, and the U’s were keen to channel that inspiration towards the club’s new away kits.
Today, the garrison town plays home to nearly 4,000 military personnel with the kit proving hugely popular with fans and players alike.
The U’s League Two campaign has started brightly and even after a 3-1 defeat to fellow promotion chasers Stevenage at Broadhall Way last weekend, the club sits just outside the play-off places.
To his credit, manager John McGreal didn’t borrow Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United’s infamous excuse and blame a lack of visibility for the defeat.
Camouflage kits have become conspicuous over recent years as clubs and manufacturers look to persuade fans to part with their cash at the club shop counter.
German rebels St Pauli have donned camouflage in the past, Partick Thistle had a very strange pink and grey kit, and Tim Howard famously blended in between the posts for Everton.
Colchester aren’t the first club to wear a Macron designed combat kit. The Italian firm have made military style kits for Millwall and Napoli in the past, and the U’s new kits bear more than a passing resemblance to PAOK’s 2015/16 kit.
There’s something a little anarchic about Colchester’s urban-camouflage kits and if the U’s can maintain a promotion challenge, they may even become a regular fixture for the Essex boys.
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