Weekend round-up, 10-2-19

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We can’t promise that this will become a weekly feature, but if time allows then we’ll try to collate interesting happenings from a given weekend.

On Saturday, West Ham United travelled across London to play Crystal Palace and used another mashup of their third kit – the home white socks were used instead of the sky-blue set, presumably to avoid whatever clash there would have been with Palace’s home socks.

However, the default shorts for this kit are the same light grey colour as the shirt and the Hammers opted to swap those for the sky-blue pair which have also appeared with the home kit.

The switch means that West Ham have now used eight different kit combinations in the league this season.

The home shirt was worn with white shorts and blue socks at Newcastle United and Fulham (and presumably Chelsea and Tottenham); blue shorts and white socks at Brighton & Hove Albion; blue shorts and socks at Everton and Huddersfield Town.

Saturday’s game was the second switching up of the third kit in recent weeks, with blue shorts and socks used at Burnley.

The blue away kit hasn’t been mixed up and probably won’t be by the senior side, but Jay from Design Football sent us this mix of the home and away, worn by the club’s women’s team.

Satirday also saw the beginning of the Irish domestic season, as last year’s double winners Dundalk beat Cork City 2-1 in the President’s Cup, the equivalent of the Community Shield.

On Friday, City had released a green adidas Campeon shirt featuring the crest used by the club from 1986-2005, based upon the club’s kit from 1989-91. It sold out in record time but sadly it won’t see on-field action.

However, while City still have the same adidas Squadra template as last season, there are some subtle changes to the kit (2018 on left, 2019 on right).

The most notable of these is the shorts, which last year were white with white adidas stripes. City are a members’ run club and four of those members form the kit committee, which decided that red – an official club colour but often not included due to teamwear limitations – should feature.

While the shorts didn’t have numbers on Saturday, green digits are likely to be applied for the league opener against St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday. Other changes see the ordering of the sleeve patches altered, with the league markings now higher on the sleeves while three of the four sleeve sponsors have their logos in white outline rather than on coloured blocks.

The size of the logo of main sponsor University College Cork is also reduced.

One other notable kit occurrence was on Friday night, as the Scotland U20 rugby team changed their shorts – from navy to navy.

As mentioned in this article looking at all of the Six Nations Championship kits, Scotland’s first and second kits use the same design but with different palettes meaning that the primary shorts are navy with purple and green trim while the alternative set are navy with light-blue accents.

For their game with Ireland, the U20s used the shorts and socks from the change kit, for no good reason that we can see. That kit is on the left, with the default on the right.

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