We love a sash here at Sartorial.Soccer and no Premier League club wears one with the same panache as Crystal Palace.
Puma have been very good to Crystal Palace this year and in truth we could have happily looked at any one of three Eagles’ kits.
The red and blue sash on white background is a familiar and very popular design for Palace, and brings to mind those “Team of the Eighties” kits by Adidas.
Rather than simply copying the scheme, Puma have broken the diagonal stripe running from right shoulder to left hip into a more jagged flash, as if a block of red has been pasted atop the blue.
Some might say it looks like every other Palace sash kit. Ignore them. This is special.
Palace fans will remember this season’s vintage with affection for the starring role played in one of those sunshine soaked Premier League away days.
Roy Hodgson’s boys travelled to Old Trafford in August to meet a Manchester United side who’d beaten Chelsea 4-0 on the opening day of the season.
Jordan Ayew gave the Eagles a lead that held until Daniel James’ 89th minute leveller for the Red Devils.
Palace could have settled for a point, but Patrick van Aanholt had other ideas, snatching all three points with a stoppage time winner.
When early season away days go in your favour like that, fans don’t mind the train delays, the expense and the rain; we live for those last minute winners.
As we’ve always said, memories are made of polyester.
OK, the obligatory gambling sponsor is a messy abomination, but for doing something different with a club classic design, we have to raise a glass to Puma, Crystal Palace and one of the best Premier League shirts of the season.