THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Notable kits of yesteryear

fleetwood15016 May ~ The 2005-06 season was a momentous one for Fleetwood. After re-forming in 1997 as Fleetwood Freeport following a deal with the local discount shopping centre, the club played in a striking white and broken-red striped kit for its first season. Promotion to the North West Counties Premier Division followed in 1999, and in 2002, the club released its first replica kit, in an unholy alliance with Prostar and the Fleetwood Weekly News.

The next year, we were bought by current chairman Andy Pilley. He began a transformation that would see us rise five divisions in just eight years. Pilley's BES Gas energy brokerage, applied to the shirt at a charmingly slapdash angle, has been the sponsor ever since. Le Coq Sportif provided the kit which, with its red with white sleeves, marked a return to our traditional colours from the 1920s. In 2005-06, we overturned a five-goal differential on the final day against Kendal Town to win promotion from Northern Premier Division One on goal difference.

We also wore a near-identical version of this shirt during the 2007-08 campaign. Chasing the Northern Premier title but ten points off the pace at Easter, we needed a win from our penultimate game, at Leek Town, to go top. Deep into the second half, a clearance from a corner fell to part-timer Warren Beattie. For what seemed like an age, he chested, kneed and then volleyed the ball, which fizzed into the top corner from 30 yards out. At full time, the players piled into the stands, and we claimed the title on the following Saturday. Glorious. Alasdair Pal

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