Words: Josh Millar
Images: Offside Sports Photography / Blackpool FC
After the jubilant scenes of two weekends ago when over fifteen thousand fans returned to Bloomfield Road to watch Blackpool play Southend, the club are continuing to reconnect with their fans.
After they were put into receivership in February, which concluded with the ousting of the Oyston family, Tangerine fans have finally got a club they can love and trust again.
The club are repaying that trust by letting people vote on the design of their away kit next season. Both designs are beautiful retro nods to Blackpool’s rich footballing history. The kit is a tribute to a design from the fifties, back when Sir Stanley Matthews was one of the greatest in the world, and he was all theirs, baggy shorts and all. The second option is a blue vertical striped design that pays homage to one of their first in the 1890s and has been seen in various forms in the intervening years, most notably in their promotion season from the Second Division in 1936/37.
Opinions have already been divided online but, more importantly, it’s great to see Blackpool fans getting back to old fashioned debates about kit design. It’s much better to do that instead of focussing their attacks on the owners of a club that they can love again.
You can vote in the kit poll here. We like the white one.