Carlton Will Be Ditching Controversial Grey Clash Kit
Carlton’s more recent grey clash strip kit, unveiled in March 2018, didn’t really have people rushing to the internet and an AFL online store to get replicas. Quite the opposite, in fact, they took a lot of flak.
In response, earlier in November, the Blues announced that their players will be sporting a predominantly white kit; white jumper with white shorts, for matches that the AFL marks as a clash. , Near the onset of the 2019 season, the AFL will start advising the club on which matches where the clash kit will be required.
The 2018 ‘wolf grey’ designed took a lot of criticism, with many Carlton footy club member and fans calling for its immediate mothballing following its debut during the JLT Series. Calls for getting rid of the design only grew as the season progressed.
Supporters wondered why the club decided to forgo the traditional navy blue and white colour scheme in its kit.
Carlton Chief Executive Cain Liddle stated that they’ve got the message; looking at the feedback from members and supporters regarding the grey clash kit, with many calling the kit out and preferring the traditional navy and white kit for the Blues. He says that they’ve listened to the fans and their shareholders, and, as they have in the past, the club will be sporting predominantly white clash jumpers for the 2019 season.
Liddle explains that they would prefer that they could use their iconic navy blue jumper, but the AFL directs them on when they’re unable to use them, with clash games being an example. When they don’t have the option to wear their traditional navy blue, Liddle says, they’ll opt for their traditional white clash.
Hawthorn, meanwhile, have opted to ditch its clash Guernsey, with Club President Jeff Kennett saying “never again” with regards to the white strip.
The Hawks took a lot of flak for their recent clash design, the metallic white and gold kit from 2015-16, resembling the White Power Ranger. Kennett stated in a letter to club members that white is the colour of surrender, which is something they never do. The strip, he says, will never see an AFL online store or the light of day ever again.
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