The 2017/18 season will see AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League for a third season in a row. But, more importantly, it will be the 25th anniversary of the the Matchwinner kit that is perhaps the best-known AFC Bournemouth away shirt outside of Bournemouth.
Often seen amongst the Top 10 worst away kits the purple and teal? chevrons of the 1992/93 away kit is deemed by many as an abomination, a sensory assualt on the eyes. But here we are, still talking about the kit twenty-five years later. There may be a few other away kits that have captured the imagination, but for us this is still a standout shirt.
Anyone under 30 will have never seen this classic creation in its prime. Many Cherries fans, football fans? over 30 will probably want to forget that it ever existed. They will find a kindred spirit in Bury fans who had the joy of taking the shirt to the far flung corners of the country from Torquay to Carlisle.
“Before the game we were sat in a beer garden in sunny Watford, so sunny I decided it was time to unzip the jacket and unveil the purple and teal beast”
Back in 1997, the shirt had only been with me for four years, I decided it was time to drag out the old favourite as we went off to Vicrage Road to beat Watford 1-0 thanks to an Ian Cox goal. Before the game we were sat in a beer garden in sunny Watford, so sunny I decided it was time to unzip the jacket and unveil the purple and teal beast. As I got up to leave some ill-informed Cherries fan (he was only young) made some comment about the shirt assuming it was an Watford away shirt (I think). I happily informed him of the shirts history before telling him to go away.
DO YOU OWN THE GREATEST AFCB SHIRT EVER MADE?
Alright, we know that there are those who deem the away kit of kings as nothing more than a joke. But, there will undoutedly be many who own the shirt. And, those who own the shirt would undoubtedly love the shirt. Otherwise why would you buy it. We say many, but with average gates of 4000 back in 1992/93 the number will be quite small we would imagine. If we had 4000 fans with about 20% wearing a shirt that equals 800 fans. Let’s be generous and say 1000 fans. Of those thousand fans we would go for around 20%, again, that owned the away shirt. We make that a grand total of 200 shirts.
Are there really 200 shirts out there? We want to find out who owns the holy grail of AFC Bournemouth away shirts and bring them together at a home game next season to celebrate its 25 years. Are you in? Will you wear the purple pariah? We would love to see a line-up of the shirts. If we get enough people interested I will ask the club to let us get a photo taken on the pitch before the game. What a sight to be behold. Come and join us.
WHICH CHERRIES HAD TO WEAR THE KIT?
Do you ever wonder what a player thinks of wearing a shirt that they hate? So do we. So which plyers were lucky enough to don the purple and teal. Long-serving player and manager Sean O’Driscoll would have had the pleasure along with club legend Supa Fletch. Wonder what he was thinking when he joined.
We decided to ask. Here’s what he had to say.
We cannot leave the last word to Supa. We love that shirt and we want to celebrate its undeniable existence. Wonder if Supa still owns one. That will be our next question.
COME AND JOIN US
01. DO YOU OWN THIS SHIRT?
02. WILL YOU EVER WEAR IT AGAIN?
03. WOULD YOU WEAR IT TO A GAME NEXT SEASON?
04. ARE YOU HAPPY TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED WEARING THE SHIRT?
If you have answered YES to all the questions above email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you are in. Will be posting regular updates