Come On You Whites?
I’m in two minds about the revelation yesterday that Swindon will be playing in our white away strip at Wembley, which is now just one week away.
Millwall are playing in their traditional blue, so there is no clash which means we aren’t obliged to switch from our traditional red. So as Nick Watkins confirmed yesterday, the decision was our choice, not a commercial decision and was made by Danny Wilson and the squad.
Of course, a white strip is synonimous with our greatest achivement, beating Arsenal in the League Cup Final at Wembley in 1969. Although our two recent trips in both 1990 and 1993 to the second tier Play-Off Finals saw Town play in red on both occasions. So should we be so hung up about not wearing red?
Well for one I, and the vast majority of the 36,000 Town fans behind the western Wembley goal will be in red. We’ll also be chanting Come on You Reds!! So it just makes plain sense for the players kitted out in the home strip.
Perhaps, they’ve still got a few too many white away shirts in the stock room of the club shop, so they want to shift them? Although I believe Watkins when he said it wasn’t a commercial decision.
The Town squad have performed so well in their 3rd blue kit this season and had, until now, obviously favoured wearing it. Only picking up two defeats at Fulham in the FA Cup Third Round and in regular time at The Valley on Monday night, albeit winning on penalties. So I’d assume, if the blue didn’t clash with our opponents then they would have picked the 3rd kit.
Also, one more thing, originally Swindon Town wore white shirts and black shorts. Wearing the addition of a blue sash when colours clashed. It was only when Town joined the Southern League back in 1894 that our colours changed to red and black quartered shirts. In 1897 the colours changed briefly to green shirts with white sleeves, only to revert back to red and black in 1899, then through various incarnations to the red and white kit we know and wear today.
So I’m willing to give white it’s chance and let’s be honest, its only a colour, it’s part of our history and perhaps we have more to celebrate wearing it than we believe.