Ok. Before I even get to the Darts, let’s talk about THAT England kit sported by the ‘boys’ at Wembley in their match against Bulgaria. Firstly, its white and BLUE, doh! How are we going to tell the difference between England and Scotland? I guess that’s probably the hidden agenda. Let’s absorb that upstart England into Scotland – after all that’s probably what’s been on the minds of the likes of Gordon Brown and David Cameron since they got into power. Who on earth thought that blue and white rather than red and white was a good idea? Guess who, a designer called Peter Saville. Interesting that its revealed in Creative Review that he had no more than ‘a long weekend’ to come up with this less than stunning idea. I bet he still had Saturday and Sunday to play golf!
From a distance it looks like a plain white shirt, but get close (and which of the viewing fans is going to do that? – unless you happen to wander into the changing rooms at an international match) its covered in multi-coloured crosses like some sort of rainbow dandruff.
According to Soccer Bible Peter Saville has bluffed his way around comments by saying
“Both the nation and the fans themselves are more diverse than ever before – whether that’s differences in politics, religion, ethnicity, fashions, music and art. The landscape of England has shifted dramatically over the past couple of decades and we are now one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world.
“Football is a language that everyone can relate to and the new England home kit provided the perfect canvas to reflect what England looks like today. The reality of modern England is expressed in this pattern as it reclaims the St George’s cross to positively represent our contemporary society.”
So what? All that smacks of esoteric designer speak for “I couldn’t think of anything else”. There have been enough comments in this vein already The way to bring all that diversity together to support the England team is to use colors that represent England. After all, the team is made up of players from all sorts of backgrounds. At least we need a strong common denominator to bind it all together. Red and White. Simples. All you have to do is cough up the extortionate amount (nearly £80 by my calculation for an adult) in order to examine the kit more closely.
Now I’ve got that off my chest, the Darts had quite a good game against the canary yellow of Weston Super Mare who must have had a ‘mare of a journey to get to Kent for the match. They certainly had a bit of a ‘mare after they scored the first goal. Found I had a shot of Tom Champion with his shorts falling down – I didn’t see that until I looked at the images on the computer. What were you doing, Tom? The Darts scored from a penalty and then continued as their confidence grew to score 3 more goals, one possibly an own goal by Weston to finish 4:1. Keep up the good work, lads.
Another small piece in the Kent on Saturday, of interest.