THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Notable kits of yesteryear

BrightonShirt15014 February ~ Brighton had been used to wearing royal blue and white stripes until the beginning of 2004-05, when a new Argentinaesque sky blue and white combination was introduced. A by-product of the kit's introduction was a rumour that Ossie Ardiles and Diego Maradona were to take over. Skint Records were the aptly named sponsors for this and eight other seasons. The label's artists included Fatboy Slim, one of Brighton's more famous supporters.

The kit was used for two years and oversaw a period when the club was merely attempting to survive. With a paper-thin squad, Albion avoided relegation on the last day of 2004-05 by drawing with Ipswich. Because the club was unable to afford a striker, centre-back Adam Virgo was converted and ended up scoring an impressive eight goals. He was eventually sold to Celtic for £1.5 million, and the additional departures of Darren Currie and Danny Cullip during the course of the season were financially pivotal to a club that was dying in its search for a new stadium.

A good start the next season was followed by the recruitment of Colin Kazim-Richards, via the Coca-Cola "sign a player" online competition – in which the winning fan's club was given £250,000 to spend. Kazim-Richards developed a habit of both scoring stunning long-range goals and sulking. With only seven league wins Brighton returned to the third level, still without a stadium. At least we were playing in normal blue again. Ed Woodhouse

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