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Fans annoyed by frequency of kit-changes

July 27th, 2010 11 Comments By Mof Gimmers

ManUrinals New Kit 252x300 Fans annoyed by frequency of kit changesFor a while, it has been accepted that Premier League teams change at least one kit per season. Normally, at least one of the kits stays around for two seasons. Of course, it is a bit of a rip-off, but you don’t expect anything else from a football club, right?

Well, this year, we’ll see a spate of new kits, despite the fact that new shirts were only released last season. There’ll be 18 new home kits this season from teams who released new shirts this time last year.

The worst offenders are Tottenham who have launched three new kits every year for six seasons in a row. At £45-a-pop, it isn’t cheap for fans or people with demanding children.

The only teams that didn’t release new kits last term are Arsenal and Liverpool who both have new products out this time around.

It isn’t illegal for clubs to release a new strip every season, but it does fly in the face of the recommendations made by the Football Task Force which looked to give football fans a fairer deal.

The BBC report that Premier League rules state that teams must “allow for market research to be undertaken with regard to the frequency of strip changes and to its design”, whilst also “identifying the intervals at which strip changes are intended to take place and the date of the next intended change” and each club’s customer charter must be available to the public, outlining its policy with regard to ticketing and merchandise.

Of course, no club has liaised with fans and, during a rather sticky financial climate, it seems rather insensitive to offer new strips to the fans so frequently. It is little wonder that more and more fans are looking toward places like Toffs to buy retro kits.

Former sports minister Kate Hoey spat: “The Premier League clubs are a law unto themselves and if people keep buying them then they will keep selling them.”

No such problem for Man United fans in Malaysia though, where the new kit has been banned because of the devil on the club crest. Sky News report that the badge has been deemed “dangerous and un-Islamic”. One religious cleric has stated that: “This is very dangerous. As a Muslim we should not worship the symbols of other religions or the devils. It will erode our belief in Islam. There is no reason why we as Muslims should wear such jerseys, either for sports or fashion reasons.”

15499901englishsummer48 Scorching summer: time to travel or invest in cooling gadgetsWe’ve had an interesting week; the weather has cooled off in recent days from scorching heatwave to tropical-like thunderstorms, and clear blue skies fluctuating with dark clouds and biting winds.

But the summer is not over yet.

56 year old UK weatherman John Kettley, who has teamed up with EasyJet, predicts that the “sizzling” summer is to continue into August, as mercury rises to the 30s – and may even extend into early Autumn.

The weather analysis was done on a computer to predict the best time for sun worshippers to go on holiday (with Easyjet, obviously). “The first three weeks in July are likely to be much more changeable and considerably cooler, with rain at times, so it could be a wise move to jet off sooner rather than later.”

For those waiting for the next magic spell to down a pint under a chestnut tree, John predicts that this weekend (July 11-12) and next weekend (18-19) are good times to go away, while August will have some very good days.

But this is good news for those of us who will still be stuck in the UK. Question is, would the unusually warm summer makes investing in an air conditioner or a good old fan worth the money?

If you think so, a few folks over at HUKD have done the legwork for you. Here are 2 of the best deals on a couple of summertime apparatus.

The first find is an air conditioner at less than half its regular price: this portable air conditioner from Argos for £99.99, (was £274.19). P&P is free if you order something from the bedding department and enter the proper discount code. Even though the unit is described as “portable”, a 12,000 BTU air conditioner delivered free is a good deal. (Thanks to HUKD reader Shadowdogg)

Secondly, if recession-era personal budgets are limiting you to a nice fan this summer, well, once again, HUKD comes through for you. You can get a 16 inch Matsui fan on a stand in white for £8.99 delivered from Dixons. You could run the thing for months without an appreciable increase in your electric bill, and often times a decent fan plus an open window give you enough of a cross current to deal with the heat. (For this super hot deal, we can thank HUKD reader clairparker30.)

Anyway, this is good news all around. For those who get to nip away, have fun. Maybe we shouldn’t postpone our BW annual summer retreat, after all. Hey, at least we have a little influence over the weather indoors…