Southampton are the latest Premier League side to reveal their new kit designs for the 2020/21 season. And the sash is back.
The sweet new Under Armour kits mark the club's 135th anniversary. They were given the sash design in a nod to the kit of 1885. However, back then, the Saints players had to wear a physical sash over their shoulder. The sash last appeared during the 2010/11 season which marked 125 years of the Saints.
The home shirt is predominantly red with a white sash. The third kit is white with a red sash running the opposite direction. The away kit will be revealed in early August. The standard price is
Goalkeepers Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn will switch between an all-blue, all-pink and all-yellow kits.
'Defying the Odds Since 1885'
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To accompany the unveiling of the new kits, Saints launched a retro arcade game called 'Defying the Odds Since 1885'.
There are three levels for fans to beat, each unlocking a different part of the kit once complete. The game begins at the club's inception. As the levels progress, it moves through different eras, seeing the player sport consecutive historic kits. You can play the game on the Southampton FC website.
Carlie Read, head of marketing at Saints, said: “As we mark the 135th anniversary of Southampton Football Club, the players, the staff and the fans alike are proud to remember our rich history, and that’s why the new kit features the iconic sash design that first graced Southampton’s shirts back in 1885.
“We’ve always had a fighting spirit and we’re proud of that, so we couldn't think of a better way to mark the club’s 135th anniversary than by reminding our fans of the many times we’ve defied the odds throughout our rich history.
"Creating an interactive retro style arcade game to take fans through the club’s history and allow them to unlock the new kit, felt like the ultimate way to do this."
What do you think of the new Saints strips? Do you like the sash design or should they stick with their traditional stripes?
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