Lookalikes, no. 6 – Coventry City and Ipswich Town, 1999-2000

As discussed recently, Coventry City went through a period of manufacturing their own kits from 1999-2004.

While the second season saw a pair of interchangeable strips, the first campaign saw the use of an unusual white, black and red colour-scheme for the change kit.

There was shoulder and side panelling, similar to that which would used in the following campaign, while the shorts, devoid of a maker’s logo or a number, looked very bare.

That 1999-2000 season was the third in which Ipswich Town produced kits under their own Punch (as in Suffolk Punch, the horse on their crest) brand.

White and black is a palette that is popular on Ipswich second kits and it was employed by them in the promotion season of 1999-2000, using the same template as the home strip and also with red trim.

There were differences between it and the Coventry one – raglan sleeves, narrower panels and the fact that were black rather than white, but it was something of a coincidence that the two clubs were clad so similarly on the road.

While Coventry had new kits for 2000-01, Ipswich had the same set for their first season back in the top flight, but Coventry’s stripes at home meant that Ipswich wore all-blue at Highfield Road, avoiding a situation where it would have looked like they were in their hosts’ old change kit.

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