Premier League kit-tracker, gameweeks 11-16
Far later than we would have liked, we are now back up to date with the tracker. As ever, the observations of Matt Smith are included, marked MS.
All 20 clubs wore black armbands in honour of the victims of the Leicester helicopter accident, while some teams wore poppies but others opted to wait until the following week.
Saturday, November 3
Bournemouth 1 Manchester United 2
Cardiff City 0 Leicester City 1
Having worn blue in their first ten games, Leicester were forced to change at the Cardiff City Stadium. While there were no problems with the fact that all 11 of their players wore grey – the goalkeeper’s top is far lighter – their all-white third kit might have worked best.
Everton 3 Brighton & Hove Albion 1
MS: Although Brighton’s away kit in its entirety is an excellent visual, the contrast against Everton’s blue shirts and white shorts wasn’t the best. It may have been Albion worth investing in alternative black shorts
Newcastle United 1 Watford 0
MS: Again, not for the first time this season, it’s hard to blame Watford for changing to their green away kit. The increase in black on their shirts meant there was no way they were going to wear stripes at St James’ Park.
West Ham United 4 Burnley 2
While Burnley had already used their black away shirts, this was the first time that kit was worn in its intended format. Goalkeeper Joe Hart now had the shorts sleeves on his shirt properly tailored, having previously had cut-off sleeves.
Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1
A first competitive outing for Liverpool’s purple away kit. Arsenal’s armbands featured the Leicester fox.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Tottenham 3
MS: Tottenham have clearly recognised the jarring nature of wearing white shorts with their home shirt and its navy fade. You’d have definitely expected them in all-white at Molineux, but they went with their home shorts again.
Sunday, November 4
Manchester City 6 Southampton 1
Southampton avoided a dark socks clash by using a two-tone red pair, designed to be used with the third shirt.
Chelsea 3 Crystal Palace 1
While Palace opted against a mashup at Everton by using their yellow third kit, here they wore their home socks.
Huddersfield Town 1 Fulham 0
A seventh combination of the season for Fulham. Both sides had worn poppy shirts the previous week but were without them on this occasion.
Every club and the match officials had poppy shirts on this weekend.
Saturday, November 10
Cardiff City 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 1
Huddersfield Town 1 West Ham United 1
Leicester City 0 Burnley 0
As this was Leicester’s first home game since the crash, both teams wore armbands. In the first half, Leicester’s shirts carried a message of gratitude to club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who had died.
In the second half, Leicester played with shirts that had poppies on them. The poppy-shirt practice had orginated with the Foxes in 2003.
Newcastle United 2 Bournemouth 1
Bournemouth wore their aqua-coloured third kit for the first time.
Southampton 1 Watford 1
Crystal Palace 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1
Sunday, November 11
Liverpool 2 Fulham 0
Chelsea 0 Everton 0
While Everton have yet to utilise the alternative shorts and socks for their home kit, they have mixed up their third strip, with two change elements used here.
Arsenal 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Manchester City 3 Manchester United 1
Manchester United almost always wear black shorts away to City, so this season’s default look didn’t look as strange. The officials didn’t have any problems with a socks-clash, though in the Champions League against Valencia, the Red Devils did have to change to white socks.
Saturday, November 24
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Leicester City 1
Having gone so long without changing, Leicester were in grey for the second successive away game.
Everton 1 Cardiff City 0
We don’t like Cardiff’s luminous green third kit but it may have been a better option here than creating an overall clash by wearing the home shorts and socks with the away shirt,
Fulham 3 Southampton 2
Fulham carried the logo of the club’s foundation, meaning that the shirts featured two different renditions of their crest.
Manchester United 0 Crystal Palace 0
Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey wore yellow for the first time, having previously opted for orange when unable to wear his green first-choice kit.
Watford 0 Liverpool 3
MS: Gone are the days when Liverpool would have to use mash-ups including the black shorts from their old away kits to avoid clashes at Vicarage Road. The current trend to have an absence of swathes of red in Watford’s kit is one which will surely end soon.
West Ham United 0 Manchester City 4
MS: City will look to change more often than not; even the absence of West Ham’s sky blue sleeves this season wasn’t enough for their visitors to wear that colour, meaning we would see the champions in navy.
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Chelsea 1
MS: The amount of navy on the Tottenham kit is obviously having an effect on visiting teams this season. Chelsea changing anything more than their socks for this derby is virtually unheard of, so to break out the yellow away strip must have been a conscious decision.
Sunday, November 25
Bournemouth 1 Arsenal 2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Huddersfield 2
Monday, November 26
Burnley 1 Newcastle United 2
Referee Anthony Taylor wore a long-sleeved shirt, the first ref to do so this season. Newcastle changed to black socks, but they had white Puma logos, failing to match the gold versions elsewhere.
MS: Newcastle always look better in black socks. White may have been a regular thing on occasions in the past, but they are too closely associated with the failed Gullit regime and his preference for them.
Friday, November 30
Cardiff City 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Saturday, December 1
Crystal Palace 2 Burnley 0
Huddersfield Town 1 Brighton 2
Having worn green at Everton when yellow would have been a better choice, here Brighton used their third shirts for the first time this season.
Leicester City 2 Watford 0
Manchester City 3 Bournemouth 1
MS: Bournemouth’s decision to wear white and creating a clash was most infuriating when they could have just rung Umbro for some red socks – especially as the white socks worn here were alternatives!
Newcastle United 0 West Ham United 3
West Ham’s use of change socks meant that they had used all four possible permutations of white and blue shorts socks with the home shirt.
Southampton 2 Manchester United 2
It had already been used in Europe but this was the first Premier League appearance of United’s navy third shirt. It was used here with white change shorts and socks, meaning that the club have an alternative set of white or off-white shorts for each of their three kits.
Sunday, December 2
Chelsea 2 Fulham 0
While they had to change their socks, Fulham have opted for white shorts when away to teams with blue sets this season, meaning that this was their eighth different combination.
Arsenal 4 Tottenham Hotspur 2
As always, sleeve-clash concerns overlooked with this local derby.
Liverpool 1 Everton 0
Tuesday, December 4
Bournemouth 2 Huddersfield 1
Brighton & Hove Albion 3 Crystal Palace 1
West Ham United 3 Cardiff City 1
Watford 1 Manchester City 2
Unable to wear their navy away kit and with the third also having the potential to cause problems, City went with their home shirts but had to switch socks.
Wednesday, December 5
Burnley 1 Liverpool 3
With Liverpool’s purple kit clashing with Burnley, they had to wear their grey third strip but with concerns over a socks-clash they wore the red home set, calling to mind the game at Arsenal in 2008.
Everton 1 Newcastle United 1
Fulham 1 Leicester City 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1
Manchester United 2 Arsenal 2
We stand to be corrected but we think that this was the first instance of an Arsenal second kit being considered problematic against a Manchester United home strip, forcing a third kit to be used.
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Southampton 1
A first league appearance for Southampton’s third shirt, which had previously been used in the Carabao Cup.
MS: Quite why Southampton didn’t utilise the alternative red shorts with their alternative red shirt is mystifying. The result was an unnecessary dark shorts clash after making the effort with the shirt.
Saturday, December 8
Bournemouth 0 Liverpool 4
Another outing for the Liverpool third kit, this time with the intendedt socks.
Arsenal 1 Huddersfield Town 0
Huddersfield could maybe have got away with just changing their socks but the third kit unquestionably provided greater differentiation.
Burnley 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 0
Was Brighton’s decision to wear yellow informed by a sense that green would be problematic against claret or superstition after winning at Huddersfield in the third kit?
Cardiff 1 Southampton 0
Manchester United 4 Fulham 1
West Ham United 3 Crystal Palace 2
Another game where Palace could have worn white shirts and blue shorts and socks but again they opted for yellow.
Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0
Leicester City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2
Sunday, December 9
Newcastle United 1 Wolves 2
MS: Wolves finally discovered the alternative old gold shorts that have served them so well down the years. Hopefully we’ll see more of them rather than unnecessary use of all-white.