Watford have joined in on the April Fools’ Day antics, initially releasing an outlandish, multi-coloured ‘official’ 2019/20 season home kit, before following it up with a more genuine statement unveiling the real thing.
You might be able to name a few players or teams who are a fair bit like most April Fools’ Day pranks; plenty of effort gets put in but the end-product is ultimately pretty disappointing.
In short, Watford’s ‘official’ 2019/20 home kit was revealed on the club’s website as being a yellow, red, black and white diamond-themed mishmash with a LOT going on.
Watford’s April Fool today has been to say that this is their new kit. Have seen worse... pic.twitter.com/g840m0PkZm— Kit Crimes ⚽️ (@KitCrimes) April 1, 2019
That was, of course, the point. It felt like a bit like an 80s Belgium kit, missing only the collar, baggy fit and a quintessentially *remarkable* hairstyle to suit.
Described as a ‘striking lattice design’, the thirteen diamonds on the front of the shirt were claimed to represent each of the Hornets’ thirteen seasons in the top-flight.
At this point, they could’ve let it simmer for a few hours, let some outrage build and then, “April Fools’ guys!”
A more genuine follow-up statement was released, announcing that the first kit was, of course, just part of the club’s April Fools’ Day involvement, but that the prank wasn't quite over.
Enter the follow-up statement, which unveiled the club’s ACTUAL 2019/20 jersey and well… the April Fools’ kit was at least some kind of fun.
Next season, Watford will be wearing a black and yellow 'half-half' shirt, similar to Fulham’s 140-year anniversary kit.
Complimented by yellow sleeves, red trims and black shorts, it’s… okay, and that’s about as much as I feel there is to say about it.
Admittedly, there’s a segment of people who are far more qualified to discuss the divisive jersey; Hornets fans themselves. Here’s the best of their takes:
I prefer the joke kit— Matt Gomme (@MattGomme82) April 1, 2019
Not too bad, but not very exciting either, this season’s kit is far more striking.— Jamie (@FrizerTizer) April 1, 2019
Well... I mean, it HAS been done... pic.twitter.com/6Zh96TbrCU— Maestro Bosta (@MaestroBosta) April 1, 2019