Fans' verdict on Norwich City's new strip
Peter WalshThere is an old saying in football that you do not change a winning team and it seems that Canaries' bosses have applied the same logic to the club's new home kit which has been unveiled.Peter Walsh
There is an old saying in football that you do not change a winning team and it seems that Canaries' bosses have applied the same logic to the club's new home kit which has been unveiled.
First team stars Grant Holt, Wes Hoolahan, Oli Johnson, and Russell Martin were at Carrow Road yesterdayto model the strip which, at first glance, does not appear to be any different to the team's current kit.
But look a little bit closer and you will see the Aviva home strip for the 2010 - 2011 season does have subtle changes to the current outfit worn by the table-topping Canaries.
The new kit, a brighter more Brazilian or 'Canary' yellow, has lost the green around the shirt collar and on the arms and instead has green flashes from the neck to under each arm.
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The shirt also features green blocks around the hips, while on the shorts more prominent yellow flashes go down the sides of each leg.
Delia Smith, Norwich City joint majority shareholder, was with the players' at yesterday's unveiling and said everyone - from members of the board, to shirt designer Xara, and even fans - had an input into the new look.
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The new kit, which will be worn by the first team against MK Dons at Carrow Road on Saturday, April 10, has received mixed reviews from fans.
Kathy Blake, secretary of the Norwich City Independent Supporters Association (NCISA) said: 'It's very similar to the current kit, but it's nice - it's not too radical for an old timer like me. Appearance wise it's very nice.'
Stephen Leader, from the Northern Canary supporters' group, said: 'Looking at the new design it doesn't make think I must have one of those, the last time I bought as shirt was the centenary season purely because I don't like the strips Xara have designed.'
The kit has prompted many fans to post their view on message boards like Evening News sister paper The Pink 'Un. One fan, Birchfest, said: 'Hmmm, might get it... I'm in two minds. I like the canary yellow, but it is quite similar to the current one. I still think the Flybe one is the best in recent years.'
While stranger44 said: 'You'd think they'd have made it more different... I'm not going to be in a hurry to buy a shirt that looks almost the same as one I already have! Am very disappointed.'
The new look kit has however avoided the controversy of the all yellow 'designer' kit which was the brainchild of fashion guru Bruce Oldfield back in 1997 and caused an outcry when green was dropped from the design.
Club bosses have revealed 4,000 of the new home shirts will be available from Saturday, March 27, the day of the top of the table clash with Leeds United at Carrow Road. Pre-order collections will be available on this day from the Carrow Road Canary Store, deliveries will be dispatched the following week. Any remaining shirts not pre-ordered will be placed on general sale.
Pre-orders are available now on a first-come, first-served basis. The shirt price is the same as in previous seasons: Adult short-sleeve �40 and youth short-sleeved �30. There will also be the usual discounts available for season ticket holders and members.
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