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It seems like it shouldn’t work, Everton wearing blue shirts, white shorts and white socks playing away to Sheffield Wednesday.

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In the summer of 2007, the Toffees launched a new all-navy third kit with royal blue and white trim, joining the classic home style and a white and black away – though a white and navy away, or all-black third, would have allowed interchangeability of the away and third shorts and socks.

While the logic of two blue shirts might have been called into question, the overall look was closer to black than blue, with no problems against teams in royal and white.

In the third round of the Carling Cup, Everton were drawn away to Sheffield Wednesday, who had black shorts and socks that season, necessitating a change on Everton’s part, with home shorts and socks mixed with the third shirt.

A slight hint of an overall clash, perhaps, but the blue sleeves on the Wednesday home meant the white didn’t show up as much and the Everton shorts and socks didn’t add to the confusion.

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