Newcastle United have become the 11th Premier League club to unveil their home kit for 2019/20, but the release has been overshadowed by fan backlash over the club’s claims about the strip’s origins.
The jersey, manufactured by Puma, quite notably differs from iterations of previous years, resembling a black-based shirt with two thick, white vertical bands rather than a more traditional ‘black and white stripes’ design.
The kit’s black, circular collar features a white trim; a monochromatic colourway which is also adopted for the club crest, appearing in the middle of the chest just below the white Puma logo.
The home strip for next season is supposedly dedicated to the Magpies’ success in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup back in 1969, marking 50 years since the club took out the now-defunct continental title.
The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup was a European competition which ran from 1955-1971, primarily established to promote international trade fairs between major cities across the continent.
It seems, however, that there’s a pretty glaring issue with the club’s big claim about the shirt paying tribute to the victorious Class of ’69…
It hardly resembles the original.
Newcastle United being economical with the truth. They claim their new shirt "pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the club’s Inter-Cities Fairs Cup win."— Kit Crimes ⚽️ (@KitCrimes) June 19, 2019
Yet only the collar is the same as the 1969 shirts, the width of the stripes are totally different. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/jlvVTVSjal
As demonstrated above, the original shirt worn by the Fairs Cup-winning squad incorporated the club’s traditional black and white stripes design which, comparatively, is quite dissimilar to the ‘more black than white’ strip which the Toon Army will see on the pitch in 2019/20.
In fact, the shirt’s circular neckline and collar trim are the only features to even somewhat resemble the 1969 strip.
Magpies’ fans have weighed in with their views on next season’s strip below:
Nothing like the 1969 strip, there’s not enough stripes on this for it to be popular...— Jase ⚫️⚪️ (@jasonhebron) June 19, 2019
Literally nothing like the heroes of 1969.— Lee Robson (@leerobson23) June 19, 2019
As NUFC were inspired by the heroes of '69 when they designed the new strip, I was inspired to recreate this masterpiece from days gone by. Uncanny resemblance eh? #nufc #ashleyout pic.twitter.com/ZZRImDGxvF— Davey Brown (@DaveyBrownArt) June 19, 2019
1969 had stripes and a manager— shaun smith (@tempersmith) June 19, 2019
Chinese text ruins what would be a class kit— Terry (@LvgsWonkyNose) June 19, 2019
I actually think it looks nice - but there’s no way I can get excited about anything linked to the club at the minute.— ديفيد بيك (@davidpick1987) June 19, 2019
Sorry peeps, hopefully you can post this again in a few days to bigger fanfare.