AFL 3 years ago

No more grey for red and black

  • No more grey for red and black

Essendon has abolished it's grey clash strip ahead of next season.

The clash strip was not a favourite among Bomber fans during it's two years as the club's alternative strip.

"For the last 24 months we've in dialogue with the AFL. There has been a change in key personnel at the AFL," Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell said at last night's annual general meeting.

"Mark Evans has had a greater ear for the understanding of our position around what our preference is, which is establishing a red and black base to our guernsey.

"Without saying too much more, we've got an exciting announcement to make early next year when we will be reverting back to a red and black guernsey as our away strip."

Under strict instructions from former AFL boss Adrian Anderson, the Bombers have been unable to change their clash jumper but welcome the news that they're able to design a new one for 2016.

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"Probably in 2010 we were given pretty strict parameters from the AFL with which to work within, and given an ultimatum to establish a clash guernsey with a predominantly light base to ensure we didn't clash with opposition teams," Xavier Campbell continued.

"At that point in time, the AFL classified both red and black as dark colours so we did have to go and establish a further colour. We used the grey from the Bomber logo as the base colour.

"What we did around that guernsey was establish a heritage element, because there was some frustration, absolutely, from the football club around having to do that."

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