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Notable kits of yesteryear

Eastleigh0625 September ~ Changing of club colours may be frowned upon, but Eastleigh have paid little heed. This season's Conference newcomers have had three major changes recently, turning out in white, royal blue and sky blue before reverting once again to royal blue; a predominantly white kit was worm for their debut season in the Conference South in 2005. Shirt sponsor Southern Exhaust Supplies had been with the club since the days of the Jewson Wessex League – a league which Eastleigh helped to found in 1986 – and no doubt harboured similar ambitions to cement a strong regional profile.

For our first season rubbing shoulders with some of non-League's slightly bigger names – including the likes of Weston-super-Mare, Bishop's Stortford and Basingstoke Town – the club wisely appeared to adopt the first-day-at-school strategy of not wanting stand out from the crowd by opting for a kit whose most notable feature is its sheer blandness.

It appeared that the strategy had worked too as they stealthily eased their way into eighth position, a few points short of the play-offs. Or perhaps, as is the case for most non-League clubs, it was simply that questions of style will always be overridden by what is actually left in the kit suppliers' bargain-bin once the bigger clubs have taken their pick. Neil Cotton

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