Since 1903 Fulham have worn white shirts and black shorts. That’s 108 seasons worth of a combination that seems to work pretty well.
Now we’re going to be wearing white shirts and white shorts.
I was about to write that I’m speechless. I’m not speechless, but I am aghast. Or at least taken aback. Well it just feels like the wrong thing to have done.
Of course in the big scheme of things the colour of our shorts doesn’t matter. But in the big scheme of things football doesn’t matter either.
Somehow it feels like this does matter. A team’s kit is its brand, what it stands for. Every year I expect Wigan to go down, in part because their kit is always so wishy washy, never one thing or another. Bolton are in danger this season for the same reason. You get your kit wrong, you are asking for trouble. At least in my mind.
Fulham are white-black-white. Always have been. To change is to do exactly that: change. This is either a long-term shift to some kind of new Fulham or a short-term shift because some creative twerp at Kappa decided it might be a good idea, and someone at Fulham signed off the design without looking at it.
All white. That means two things: Real Madrid and Leeds United. In 1961 Don Revie changed Leeds’ kit from yellow and blue to all white to copy Real Madrid’s 60s wonder-team. It worked, and Leeds went on a rampage that saw them almost win almost everything for the next 15 years or so. Real Madrid you know about. So that’s quite a precedent.
Even so… this feels dangerous.