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The NUFC A-Team

Posted: May 11, 2011 in Blogs
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We’ve all known for quite a while now that Cheik Tiote is actually The A-Team’s Mr T in disguise but now new information has been leaked that Tiote is not the only NUFC-related member of the A-Team as this image shows:

Nolan, Barton, Tiote and Pardew in their previous jobs as members of the A-Team

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After yesterday’s release of the new Newcastle United home kit for the season 2011/2012, featuring waistcoat and tie as seen below, the club today released images of the new change/away kit for the new season.

New NUFC Home kit – 2011/12

The new NUFC 2011/12 home kit sports a fashionable waistcoat and tie effect

New NUFC Away / Change kit – 2011/12

The new NUFC away kit is similar to the home shirt but includes bow-tie instead

The new away shirt looks remarkably similar to that which will be used when Newcastle are playing at home, except for one major change. Gone is the black tie and in its place is a blue bow-tie, a colour often used in Newcastle’s change strips in recent years as the third colour of United’s adopted bird, the Magpie.

Toon boss Alan Pardew apparently didn’t say “The new change kit is very stylish and will not only make our players look smarter on the pitch, but will give the fans a multi-purpose shirt to wear for all occasions off it.” “I believe that is the angle Mike is pushing with the new price-tag of £60. He feels that it is an excellent deal as you are effectively getting two outfits in one.”

The new dual-outfit design is thought to have been inspired by the strict rules that disallow club owner Mike Ashley from entering the director’s box at away stadia with his replica shirt on. However, the new, smarter design should enable him to wear his change shirt to away matches hassle free.

Mike Ashley is also believed to have cut costs on the players suits, used for official travel to away matches. One St James’ Park  insider said “The players will now both travel and play in their new multi-purpose change kits and they’re not happy about it.”

Newcastle today released images of the new Puma home shirt to be worn next season (2011/12):

The new Newcastle United shit. Sorry, kit.

The shirt is available to pre-order now and will be released on the 19th of May, three days before our final game of the season, at home to West Brom where the kit will presumably be worn by the team against the Baggies as history tends to suggest.

Fans will obviously have their own take on the new strip but my personal opinion is that I don’t like it. I’m not saying I haven’t disliked shirts before, only for them to grow on me, but from the moment I set eyes on the – what proved to be accurate – leaked design several weeks ago, I felt that it was too simplistic and lacked one basic ingredient – Stripes.

The new kit could pass as a jockey's uniform

The lack of white stripes on the edge of the body make the shirt look like a solid black top with white sleeves, leaving room for just 2 white stripes. Also, one of my main bugbears from this season’s kit design is the use of a tacky, plastic badge, seemingly ‘stuck on’ as close as possible to the right-sided white stripe. I’m certainly a fan of the classy, embroidered badges on shirts of old compared to the plastic ones that Puma seem to favour.

Or, perhaps it is just the latest in a long line of Mike Ashley induced spending cuts? Either way it continues this season’s impression that Puma have simply selected a shirt from their 5-a-side or Sunday League catalogue and, quite literally, stuck on the Newcastle badge and Northern Rock logo.

The long-sleeved version looks like even more of a joke – like one of the outfits you see alongside the words ‘Ruby Walsh’ and ‘Epsom 2.15’ on the wall of a bookmakers.

The new, mainly negatively received shirt may divide opinion like Shola Ameobi divides opposing defencesbut one thing is for sure. It will sell well, as Newcastle United shirts always do. We follow the club, the team and whilst it is often said you follow ‘the shirt’, you don’t follow it because of its design, no matter how good or bad. Just look at last season’s atrocious change shirt offering. Slated so badly by the media and opposing fans, it garnered a cult-status among the Toon Army and saw one of the best returns on the pitch in terms of points per game of any NUFC away shirt ever.

Last season's awful away strip gained cult status as it proved to be successful on the pitch

So whilst my first impressions of the new kit are not good, I have learnt from past experience that only time will tell whether I will eventually like it or not. What will certainly help, however, is if the team on the pitch performs well in their new, shit kit.

What are your thoughts on the new shirt? What is your favourite home shirt of all time?

With tonight bringing the first game of the Champions League semi-finals between Manchester United and German outfit Schalke 04, there have been some interesting pieces surfacing about Schalke 04’s similarities to Newcastle United. Here are some cracking articles that may just get you thinking about siding with the Germans in tonight’s clash and beyond if you weren’t doing so already!!

Enjoy:

The two “Meister der Schmerzen” (Champions of Pain)

145,000 see ‘German Newcastle’ blow it

The club built on fan power