Still in the hunt for a promotion playoff place in the English Football League Championship, Ipswich Town FC recently switch technical partners from Mitre to adidas. The former Premier League side has now debuted its 2014/15 away kit.
According to The Blues’ website: Town have unveiled the new away shirt for next season – and two Blues legends influenced the decision to go orange.
With the Club linking up again with adidas for the first time in 25 years, it has provoked memories of the days under Bobby Robson when Town picked up the FA Cup and UEFA Cup with the famous three stripes on the sleeve.
Architects of that European success were Town’s flying Dutchmen, Arnold Muhren and Frans Thijssen and the latter joined a number of the first-team squad during the week to pose for the cameras in a photo shoot for the new away kit.
“To be fair, we have been offered the choice of orange for the last three years but with the Club joining up again with adidas for the first time in 25 years and the Dutch connection of those glory days with Arnold and Frans, it clicked into place,” explained Town’s director of retail operations, Lee Hyde, in an interview in Monday’s matchday programme.
“Whenever we speak to fans and gauge their opinions of what colours they like, orange comes out on top so we knew it would be a popular choice with the supporters.
“We have enjoyed some good seasons when we have worn the orange kit as our away colours and the Club has had a fair few Dutch players down the years, some of them very popular, players like Martijn Reuser and Fabian Wilnis, as well as Arnold and Frans obviously.
“I also knew that with all due respect to the other brands, no one would do orange like adidas so with all that in mind and the history element of working again with adidas, it fitted perfectly.”