Why is Man City’s new away kit maroon?

Why is Man City’s new away kit maroon?

Man City's new away kit

City have had a long tradition of wearing maroon but Man City’s new away kit is based on a kit I didn’t know about!

So why is Man City’s new away kit maroon?

When I first saw the images of the new Man City away kit I assumed that the reason for the maroon was referring the Bert Trautmann 1956 FA Cup final winning kit (pictured below), however this isn’t the real reason.

Man City 1956 FA Cup shirt

Thanks to twitter account City On A Card I now know why.

I wrote in this post (3 Ways the New Man City kit is similar to the 1967/68 kit) that the new City home kit was based upon the 1967-68 home shirt and it turns out the Nike designers have done a double.

Man City 1967/68 kit

Take a look at the 3 ways they are similar here

The reason why the new kit is maroon is that 50 years ago, during City’s triuphant title winning season of Lee, Bell and Summerbee, City wore an away kit entirely of maroon.

I have to admit I have never seen this image of Colin Bell before and it may be one of the few colour photos out there but here’s why the new kit is maroon.

As you can see the all maroon kit was worn by the King Colin Bell himself.

City have actually had a whole host of maroon kits especially when Umbro did our kits.DFuIzCqXUAAcNWt

The 1956 kit was replicated by le Coq Sportif when Nicholas Anelka played for City, whilst the classic triangle kit was worn by David White.

So that’s why the new Man City away shirt for 2017/18 season is maroon. The Nike designers have chosen this anniversary to replicate the kits worn in the 1967/68 season.

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