Have the club missed the point with the centenary shirt?

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Have the club missed the point with the centenary shirt?

Post by YorkshireSquare » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:39 am



At last nights glittering Centenary Gala Dinner at Elland Road the official centenary shirt was unveiled. The first team along with every legend attending the dinner was gifted the centenary shirt by chairman Andrea Radrizzani. The players will then wear the kit for the centenary match against Birmingham City on Saturday 19th October. Only 1,919 shirts, which are all size large, were made available for supporters to get their hands on, each uniquely numbered 1-1,919 along with a book. The centenary shirt and book were priced at £149 and sold out online within two hours.

With this seasons home and away shirts already having been a missed opportunity in terms of celebrating the 100 year history of our great football club the one off centenary shirt was the clubs chance to remember this history. But did they get it right? The club states the shirt is reminiscent of our early white kits, with a lace up collar and subtle embedded print of the Yorkshire Rose on the front. Kit supplier Kappa along with sponsors 32 Red and Clipper have agreed for their logos to be in white in recognition of the celebratory shirt.





But for me, it’s all wrong. Leeds United haven’t always played in the brilliant all white kits they do today of course. When the club was founded in 1919 by former Huddersfield Town chairman Hilton Crowther the kit looked awfully familiar to our West Yorkshire rivals with light blue and white stripes. In 1934 Leeds switched to play in the colours of the Leeds city crest adopting blue and gold halved shirt with white shorts. When Don Revie became manager of Leeds United in 1961, he made the most obvious aesthetic change, switching to an all white kit. A kit which we still wear to this day.

So we never played in a white shirt a lace up collar. Blue and white stripes, yes but not white. It feels like a forced effort to go ‘retro’ with the design without actually evoking anything Leeds ever wore. The popular choice would have been a plain white shirt, round collar and a classic LUFC script bage. The bold choice would have been blue and gold halves with a massive collar evoking the shirts worn by the great John Charles. What we have now is a mess, with a badge no one likes and sponsors logos on the chest.





The limited run and cost are also an issue. Sure at £149 a go it will bring around £200,000 into the club’s coffers but it excludes the vast amount of fans from purchasing one. Last time I checked football was still the working man’s game and the centenary should be about letting all fans celebrate the club and be able to afford a piece of memorabilia they can remember that by. The cost of match tickets, travel and the other two shirts already released so far this season are already a big financial cost for the fans, it would have been nice for a centenary shirt to be within the reach of all fans.

With the shirts selling out within two hours and appearing on eBay almost straight away it seems many went to speculators rather than genuine fans too. I’ve been very supportive of the clubs current management so far, I just feel they have got it wrong with the centenary kits, they should be something that evokes our true history and is accessible to everyone.


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Post by SaraM » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:57 am

Completely agree. Should have been blue and yellow halves, at a standard price, with no sponsors.

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Post by whiteswan » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:39 am

SaraM wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:57 am
Completely agree. Should have been blue and yellow halves, at a standard price, with no sponsors.
Agree Sara. I'm disgusted that 'our sponsors logo' has appeared on a supposedly retro shirt. :x

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Post by hector » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:45 am

So only the well off 1919 fans that have supported this club for years and years deserve one of these?? :roll: :roll:

The bugger should have printed 100,000's of them and sold them at half price with no sponser..

Even the cheapskate fans like me would have bought one then....

All in all he would have brought a lot more than £200,000 into the club... short sightedness from the board....
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Re: Have the club missed the point with the centenary shirt?

Post by 1964white » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:49 am

hector wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:45 am
So only the well off 1919 fans that have supported this club for years and years deserve one of these?? :roll: :roll:

The bugger should have printed 100,000's of them and sold them at half price with no sponser..

Even the cheapskate fans like me would have bought one then....

All in all he would have brought a lot more than £200,000 into the club... short sightedness from the board....
Why am I not surprised :o

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Post by SaraM » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:52 am

whiteswan wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:39 am
Agree Sara. I'm disgusted that 'our sponsors logo' has appeared on a supposedly retro shirt. :x
I've always hated sponsor's logos on shirts, especially when they're about twenty times bigger than the club logo. Tells you what the priorities are in football, unfortunately - a grubby commercialism over the identity and pride of the club.

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Post by SaraM » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:01 am

This is more like it:

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Post by YorkshireSquare » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:02 am

Or this...

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Post by SaraM » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:21 am

YorkshireSquare wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:02 am
Or this...
That's perfect.

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Re: Have the club missed the point with the centenary shirt?

Post by whiteswan » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:07 pm

hector wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:45 am
So only the well off 1919 fans that have supported this club for years and years deserve one of these?? :roll: :roll:

The bugger should have printed 100,000's of them and sold them at half price with no sponser..

Even the cheapskate fans like me would have bought one then....

All in all he would have brought a lot more than £200,000 into the club... short sightedness from the board....
Excellent post hector. How could our board get it so wrong :dun:

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Re: Have the club missed the point with the centenary shirt?

Post by leic white 63 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:37 pm

whiteswan wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:07 pm
Excellent post hector. How could our board get it so wrong :dun:
because they don't get what we're all about. same with the badge fiasco .
i'd personally would have gone with the original kit or even our centenary cup final kit along with the sock tags.
the one that being worn tomorrow is all wrong.

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Re: Have the club missed the point with the centenary shirt?

Post by SG90 » Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:41 pm

£30, all sizes, no logos or sponsors and kids sizes etc, the club could have sold 50k+ and made more money. I just think they are taking advantage of the fans' loyalty to the club. Be less greedy please.
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