New kit launched

Last updated : 13 May 2002 By Tony Scholes

The home shirt, after two years with a round neck goes back to a collar. It is a traditional looking shirt, no quarters or crazy patterns thankfully, and that means Burnley will once again play their home games in a claret shirt with sky blue sleeves.

Once again it will be worn with white shorts and that is as traditional as it gets. From my memory the 1979/80 and 1998/99 seasons have been the only occasions since we moved to Claret and Blue that the shorts haven't been white.

One disappointment for me is that the socks will be white. Apart from those two seasons above that has been the case since the 1965/66 season but I would still like to see the Claret and Blue hooped socks return.

Overall the kit looks impressive and I'm sure that it will meet with the approval of most supporters.

And that brings me on to the away kit. There is no doubt that the most popular away kit is white with claret and blue trim but on this occasion we are going with a two tone blue kit. The main body of the shirt is navy blue with sky blue trim whilst the shorts are sky blue and the socks mainly navy blue.

Back in the 1970s for a couple of seasons the club played in a similar kit and in the 1947 FA Cup Final against Charlton we played in blue although these were not quite so dark a blue. We did have navy blue in the away kit in Stan's first season in charge, 1998/99 when we wore a navy and yellow shirt. This shirt has a v-neck and as someone who does not believe that all away kits must use the same colours as the home kit I have to admit being very impressed with this.

The official descriptions of the kit are as follows: -

Home kit

The new Burnley home shirt is based on the traditional claret and blue with an exciting new design. Featuring a claret body with sky sleeves and v-neck collar and white piping. The shorts are white in a luxurious peach fabric and the socks are white with claret and blue detail. The fabric features moisture transference from the inside to the outside of the garment to afford the wearer a high level of comfort. The home strip is engineered on jacquard knitting machinery using microfibre yarns of the highest quality.

Away kit

The new Burnley away shirt is based on the dark blue as worn in the 1947 FA Cup Final, with a modern day design. Featuring a navy body and sleeve with v-neck, sky trim and white piping. The shorts are sky blue and the socks are navy with sky detail. The material features soft handle and drape, moisture transference from the inside to the outside of the garment to afford the wearer a high level of comfort in this super soft feel fabric.

Now finally to the most important matter, the price and the dates they go on sale.

The shirts are the same price as last season and that is £39.99 for adults, £35.99 for youths and £31.99 for children.

The home kit goes on sale next week on Monday 20th May and the away kit will be available on Saturday 20th July which coincides with the club's open day. This is also the day before the club plays its first match in the Isle of Man.

Please note the photographs in this article are those from the club's official web site and have been reproduced with the kind permission of Burnley Football Club.