A BLACK AND WHITE PROBLEM
Newcastle United have one of the most iconic shirts in world football. Black stripes and white stripes, basic but beautiful, a stone cold elemental classic. That hasn’t stopped kit designers through the ages from sticking their nebs to varying degrees of abject failure, however. The blue trim. The completely black chest panel. The jagged Micky Quinn-era stripes that really looked like a real barcode. And of course, why-we-didn’t-think-of-that-when-we-doodled-on-the-back-of-a-fag-packet-4-abomination. Ah Adidas, Puma, Umbro and Castore! How could you, you, you and you.
To be fair to Castore, they learned from their fiasco that they shouldn’t have signed at the end of an eight-pin session, and this year’s effort seems much neater. No more stripes, no hidden numbers once seen, impossible to see, a step back in the right direction towards Jackie Milburn’s ideal. But a kit maker wouldn’t be doing their job properly if they didn’t. Something to irritate and annoy the fan base, and rub against the aesthetic and/or moral sensibilities of the general public, and to that end, Castore has unveiled a third kit which is the spitting spit of the Saudi Arabia national team. And there was The Fiver thinking these leaked images were just a buffoonish online prank.
The choice of green and white could just be coincidence, of course, another case of Castore not thinking, number two in a continuing series, number one being number four. Or, given that the Premier League only approved the takeover of Newcastle by a Saudi-backed consortium after receiving ‘legally binding assurances’ that the Saudi state had no influence, it This is a spectacular and unambiguous trolling of reviews of the new property. The Fiver, always looking for the good in people, assumes everything is an innocent mistake with no sportwashing ulterior motive. That said, just in case the hunch we’ve had in our head turns out to be right, we’ll put some books on the green and white that will become the club’s new first-choice colors for 2023-24. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“This is a historic result. We got into the game and we won, showing that politics can be done without insults or responses to provocations. Our political proposal has turned the page” – in beautiful Verona, where we set our stage, former Roma, Italy and QPR midfielder Damiano Tomassi – who obtained papal blessing in 2005 – is the new mayor.
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“I wonder if Fiver readers scroll down to see what the letter of the day was, then read them all to see if they agree, or do they read them, decide what they think is the best and see what you picked (assuming they care)? It occurred to me that if Paul Dixon’s ‘Ideal Eating’ hadn’t won yesterday, I would have asked an investigation” – Nick Livesey.
“Re: Yesterday’s Fiver. Maybe someone should get a Gareth Bale map so they realize that Pebble Beach Golf Course is 320 miles or five and a half hours from Los Angeles. It is the same distance from Cardiff to Newcastle. In its favor, LA has a better climate than Cardiff, even though there is more pollution, guns and wildfires” – Nigel Sanders.
“We the United States! UNITED STATES!! UNITED STATES!!! fans know that The Fiver offers top-notch travel and location analysis, as well as occasional attempts to understand football. But is it really true that people (even Gareth Bale) should rather live in Cardiff than LA? If The Fiver were offered a move from their current location under the stairs to these two cities, which would you choose? Sushi or Welsh rarebit? Tacos or Glamorgan sausages? Disneyland or…anywhere? Even allowing for comparative golf options (my grandmother was Welsh, for what it’s worth)” – Richard McGahey [who has clearly never experienced the delights of SC2 Rhyl – Fiver Ed].
“Allow me to join the other 1,056 pedants in pointing out that the Wizards (yesterday’s Fiver) have not existed since 2010 and now prefer to be called Sporting Kansas City. Perhaps surprisingly, the club has the fifth worst disciplinary record in the league of the 28 clubs at the moment” – Harriet Osborn (and no others).
“I am surprised that a club as money-oriented as Chelsea have decided to let go of senior employees named Buck and Cech” – Peter Oh.
Send your letters to [email protected] And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our letter of the day is…Peter Oh, who wins a copy of A Woman’s Game, by Suzy Wrack.
NEWS, BITS AND BOBS
As for the flip-flops, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin is slowly closing in on 90 degrees, apologizing for the bleak scenes in the Champions League final, but stopping short of apologizing. to Liverpool fans whom he blamed for the night’s chaos. “Was it better to manage the Stade de France? The answer is yes,” he parried. “Am I partly responsible? The answer is yes. Of course, I happily apologize to everyone who suffered from this mishandling of the event.
More than 20,000 people have signed a petition opposing Everton having betting company Stake.com as their main shirt sponsor, with one fan addicted to the game accusing the Toffees of “selling the soul of the club”.
Chelsea’s new Sheriff in Town, Todd Boehly, is set to table an opening bid for Raheem Sterling, with Manchester City set to let the winger make one for between £50-60million.
Josh King saw himself through Watford’s gate marked Do One, halfway through a two-year contract.
Aston Villa has revealed sleek new plans to develop Villa Park to become a ‘world-class sporting venue and thriving community destination’ of over 50,000 people.
And Toronto FC new signing Lorenzo Insigne insists he is in no rush to join MLS for a career-ending salary. “I made the decision not for the money, but to find a new life for my family and my children,” he applauded as he signed a four-year contract worth $60 million. . “I want people to like me and understand me better with my action on the pitch.”
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