Shirted Fronted ep 15
With StoppinHo : Shirt Activist
Up for review is the Southend United Home shirt 2007/08. This is a shirt with a spurs twist. Allow me to explain…
This is a nice shirt, simple in design but effective. Its a really dark navy blue, which supports the “blues” nickname that the Team has. The Team is also Nicknamed the Shrimpers. Not to be confused with the Shrimps from Morecombe.
Its a Nike shirt and the material is a nice feel. The Club emblem on the left side is embroided on the shirt. Now most clubs have a sewn on badge, this one has a gold coating over it that gives it a hardened feel, as well as standing out amongst the blue shirt background.
The sponsor is Insure and Go. As the name suggests, it is an insurance company that, strangely, that has its roots and branches in Australia. The Sponsor logo is on the front as well as the back neck area.
The sleeves are white and on the sleeves are the Coca-Cola football league sponsor badges. they are massive on the sleeves but certainly add to the aesthetics of the game day jersey. It possesses the football league logo as well as a very funky 3D effect.
On the back is the name and number of the player at the moment in 2007….. Former Spurs player Lee Barnard. Lee was on of the players that was in the Lasagne-gate squad v West Ham, which Spurs lost and missed out on the Champions League. He was a prolific player in the Spurs reserves and was expected to be part of the spurs squad during that season, however he, like many others would have, found it difficult to play with both Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane in the squad.
He was loaned to Southend and had a stellar season playing a hand in their rise through to the championship. He earned a move to Southampton and was part of the rise of that team to the premier league. In recent years, he was back at Southend, and currently on loan to Stevenage.
The colour of the name and numbers is interesting. At this stage, Southend were in league 1, hence the silver colour on the name and numbers. championship teams wore gold and the league 2 teams wore bronze.
All in all a very nice shirt which reminds me of fond memories i have of spending so much time in Southend and Essex in the late 1990’s.