No kits out for the lads on the Tyne
One way that football clubs can usually guarantee some income from even the most dejected of fans is via the replica kit. Newcastle’s fans are renowned for their devotion to the black and white stripes. However, they appear to be less than impressed by the new yellow and yellower stripes on their new away kit.
The ‘custard cream’ strip, as it has been nicknamed by amused fans of bitter rivals Sunderland, went on sale to the public for the first time last Friday. Can you guess how many punters queued up to get their hands on one? Just three.
That’s after the club had announced a pre-sale discount from £40 to £32 on the back of less-than-impressive pre-order figures. 18 year-old fan Stephen Watson was one of the three. He said: "I don't even like the shirt, but I'm a Newcastle fan so I'm still happy to buy it. But I might wear a jumper on top of it.”
On Saturday the team wore the ridiculous new kit for the very first time (EDIT: first time since it went on sale to fans), in a friendly against League One side Leyton Orient. They lost 6-1. Even if you’re a Sunderland fan, it must be hard not to feel a little bit of sympathy for them…
[Thanks to Bitterwallet reader Tom Pickering]