Norwich City A-Z: S is for shirts – It’s the memories that matter
PUBLISHED: 10:17 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:33 02 July 2018
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As the latest Norwich City kit is unveiled, S is for shirts in our alternative A-Z series. David Freezer looks back on some memorable City strips.
Little can separate football fans like the release of a new kit.
The collar, the colour, the sleeve style; it’s all up for grabs when it comes to judging your team’s latest uniform.
The problem is, fashion is subjective. Keeping an entire support base happy is nigh on impossible but Norwich City have always had something of an edge in this area.
The famous yellow and green has seen the Canaries stand out from the crowd in English football.
Indeed, the ‘egg and cress’ style which graced the Uefa Cup in 1993-94 is remembered far beyond the Norfolk borders.
Internationally of course you are far more likely to see the yellow and green of Brazil, however, City sported the combo long before the samba stars.
It wasn’t until the 1954 World Cup that the Brazilians adopted the yellow and green, after the humiliation of defeat to Uruguay on home soil four years earlier in white shorts with blue collar.
Norwich had shed their blue and white origins from the early 20th century when yellow was introduced in 1907, before a green trim emerged in 1908.
Halves, stripes, pinstripes and all manner of green sleeve style followed but it is the bright canary yellow which ensures you can spot a fellow City fan a mile off when you’re on holiday – usually within seconds of leaving the airport.
It is that ‘egg and cress’ which has been in vogue once more in 2018 though, after it was brought back for May’s legends encounter with Inter Milan at Carrow Road.
Darren Eadie was thrilled to get a shirt which actually fitted, saying: “Back in the day it was kind of one shirt fits all, I was wearing the same size as Rob Newman!”
Grant Holt made clear he was keeping hold of his as Canaries spanning different eras sported the famous shirt in which Mike Walker’s team finished third in the top flight in 1993.
We did see the blue and white return as a special commemorative centenary shirt back in 2002 and last season saw the emergence of a purple third kit – which looked even worse in that dreadful 0-0 draw at Burton.
Because in the end it all comes down to what happens in the shirt. Everyone has their favourites but few choose to wear a kit which reminds them of a relegation campaign. It’s the memories they evoke that matter.
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