Trevor Benjamin bearing down on Sheffield Wednesday’s Kevin Pressman to put the U’s ahead after just five minutes. John Taylor, head bandaged, slotting in a penalty against Forest. Alex Russell smashing one in from 30 yards at Mansfield. That man Shaggy again, bleeding knackered, shirt untucked and socks rolled down, arms aloft in front of the away fans at Hillsborough.
The 1998-99 away shirt only lasted one season, and was only worn a handful of times in that, but has gone down in United folklore as one of the most iconic we’ve ever had. The memories of that promotion season, and run to the Third round of the League Cup linger long in the memory, and players such as Martin Butler, Michael Kyd, Neil Mustoe and David Preece all wore it with pride, playing a breathtaking blend of attacking football under Roy McFarland.
This years shirt is a bit brighter than the 98/99 one, and it’s got a more modern collar, but there’s the addition of lovely, lovely chevrons down the sleeves, plus that fantastic monochrome badge we saw on last seasons away kit. Make no mistake, this appears to be one seriously nice shirt. We thought last years shirt would be hard to top, but it looks like they’ve done it.
Hats off to the club and Hummel for creating this. It’s available now from the club shop, and if we’re ever allowed back in to the Abbey next season we hope to see plenty of them on the terraces. The UTAS verdict? 10/10