Whilst plenty of Palace fans have been wringing their hands over a lack of transfer activity and Frank de Boer’s early struggles for points in the Premier League, yesterday brought something that put a smile on everyone’s face; the release of a beautiful new “third kit”.
As we all know by now, new kits can prove to be a surprisingly emotive subject for Palace fans (let’s not forget the whole “there’s only so much you can do with stripes” thing from last season) but this term, the club have hit a home run with all three strips, having possibly saved the best until last with the reveal of the new white, red and blue option.
As is often the case with third kits, it’s difficult to know how often we’ll actually turn out in it competitively but purely from a supporter’s perspective, it’s release has gone down a storm, which is sure to please the marketing men behind the scenes.
One or two cynical folk on Twitter have suggested that the new shirt has been put out into the public domain as a deflection to the lack of business being done by the club in the transfer market but for the purpose of this article, I’m choosing to take a more trusting view of the board.
From my own personal perspective (despite the fact that I no longer purchase or wear replica shirts) I can’t help admitting that the new kit is a thing of beauty. In many ways, its design goes a long way to proving that less is often more when it comes to modern designs, with subtle nods towards Palace meshing well with a minimalist tone, ignoring the presence of sponsorship of course.
Have a look for yourself via the link at the top of the page and let me know what you think of it.