Getting Shirty

November 11, 2014



It was a relief to get through the FA Cup 4th Qualifying round tie unscathed and it was a great pleasure to witness such a professional performance at Dorchester’s unusual Avenue Stadium. It was difficult to assess just how good Rovers were but it was our biggest away win since the historic 8-2 victory for ‘Megson’s Marvels’ at the Goldstone Ground in the 73/4 promotion season. DC’s boys played some excellent football and scored some great goals on a less than decent pitch so it was a good fillip after losing our long unbeaten run the previous Saturday.

Not only did the lads play well at Dorchester they also looked good in the latest combination of away kit with yellow shirts and blue shorts being the order of the day this time round! The registered change strip of white shirts and black shorts is clearly no longer in favour with no wins having been gained in it and frankly it is impracticable anyway against any home team sporting those same colours.

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We won at Lincoln in blue & white quarters but this time went for the yellow & blue against the home team’s stripes and on other occasions already this season Rovers have turned out in all white, white shirts & black shorts and yellow shirts & black shorts as well so frankly it’s a bit of a shambles! Bearing in mind all the above why could we not wear the blue & white quarters in the away ‘derby’ at the New Lawn when Forest Green turned out in their awful florescent strip in the return fixture?

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The reason behind this rant is that many of us fans have spent a forty pound chunk of our hard-earned cash on the registered white away shirt and that, it seems, will no longer be worn unless a string of defeats occur when the team plays in yellow! My personal opinion is that yellow should always be Rovers’ main change colour as it never clashes with any team wearing either blue or white and also because there is yellow in both our club badge and current club tie. I also agree with the John Ward philosophy that Rovers should always wear the famous quarters whenever possible as many opposition fans like to see us in our traditional and unusual strip.

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The merchandising people will always say of course that we have to be fair to our change strip sponsors and I totally agree with that as well but this is easily cured by having a set of quarters with their logo on when the team wear it away. We obviously have two sets of shirts, one white, one yellow, both with the sponsor’s logo on now so no problem to have it on a set of quarters as well!


I have asked our two Directors and our representatives on the Merchandising Committee to try and sort this out so that our supporters are not ‘short-changed’ in future as they are on this issue to date with no opportunity to wear what has now become the team’s ‘change’ strip!

(This was part of an article written by the Chairman in the event of a possible home match in the FA Cup.  Having been drawn at Tranmere Rovers the full article will no longer be used in a PIRATE programme. This selection was thought to be of interest and is therefore printed here.)

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