What do you think about the Bombers’ new ‘Away Strip?’
Pressure from the AFL has finally gotten the better of the Essendon Football Club. The Bombers have until now defied all attempts from the AFL to get them to conform to the controversial collection of Away Strips that other clubs are wearing when a clash is (or is not) imminent with the colours of their opponent.
The AFL have lost patience with Essendon though and will fine the club $5000.00 for each player who does not wear an away strip against teams where a clash is immiment. This means a fine of $110,000.00 per game if Essendon don’t design and wear an away strip.
Written in the Bombers’ constitution is a clause that Essendon will always wear a red sash on their guernsey. The past few years have seen Essendon make some sort of attempt to conform to the AFL’s wishes, without veering away from their history and beliefs. I could accept the black guernsey with the thicker red sash and red shorts which has been worn on occassions against teams where a clash may cause confusion such as St. Kilda and Melbourne.
I read in the Herald Sun today that the new away strip will be worn against St. Kilda and Melbourne. I can understand this since these clubs have predominantly red and/or black in their colours but can someone please explain to me why the away strip has to be worn against Richmond (Yellow and Black) and Port Adelaide (Silver and Teal)?
The new Essendon guernsey will be the red sash with a black border on a grey guernsey with the names of every Essendon premiership player embossed on the jumper. The great John Coleman’s name will be written on the sash.
The league is full of clubs with away strips that take away from the identity of the real club. Since when did Hawthorn wear blue? St.Kilda in yellow – how about that Melbourne jumper which is mostly white? How do Collingwood get away with their black with white stripes reverting to white with black stripes for their strip which resembles a bar code at the best of times? Brisbane have an image of the Camel Cigarette packet on their away jumper…and don’t even start me on the so-called Navy Blues with the pooncy duck egg pale blue?
Essendon is black and red, not grey and red.
I often watch the footy on TV and sometimes I have no idea who is playing since I don’t instantly recognise the teams.
If you ask me, Essendon’s traditional guernsey is the best in the league, Essendon’s colours don’t clash with any other clubs, the other clubs colours clash with Essendon’s. Whatever they say, the new guernsey is not Red and Black and it is just another example of the AFL taking another slice of my game away from me.
Let me know what you think of the new guernsey.
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