In his latest “One Vale View” column, Rob Fielding says that “the Valiants undoubtedly have many problems on and off the pitch right now… but at least one can be easily corrected…”
In his latest opinion piece, Rob says a return to the “traditional” yellow away strip will stop any more embarassing scenes of Vale having to borrow spare kit to avoid a clash of colours.
The Valiants undoubtedly have many problems on and off the pitch right now. Leaving the more serious issues to one side for a moment, at least one of the more minor issues can be easily corrected.
Vale’s grey away kit was deemed to be too close in design to Grimsby’s home strip, forcing Vale to take to the pitch in an unexpected red and white design (courtesy of the Grimsby kitman).
This isn’t the first time that Vale’s away kit design has caused problems. Since the team moved away from their normal choice of yellow for away kits, Vale have had to borrow kits for games against Huddersfield (pictured left) and Bury amongst others.
A simple solution would be to ditch recent experiments with blue, grey and black away designs (all of which are not that distinct from Vale’s home strip) and revert back to the yellow design that used to be a regular choice for the away kit (there’s a picture at the top right, showing a yellow-shirted Sam Collins from 2003).
OK, so moving to the yellow kit may not ease worries over financial investment or prevent embarrassing cup exits, but it will at least mean Vale wonn’t have to line up in red and white again.
And that’s surely a good thing!
About the author: Rob Fielding has been a Port Vale fan for thirty years. He founded the award-winning onevalefan.co.uk website in 1996. These are his personal views and he welcomes your comments on them.