Chris O (follow on Twitter: @COakleyFtbl)
Fri 8 June 2007

Shirts for 2007/08: Birmingham City (home)

OK, I know what you're going to say: "Not ANOTHER Umbro shirt...?!?" Well, yes, but if you're of the same opinion as me, it might actually be one you'll like quite a lot. With a warm welcome back to the Premier League to Birmingham City, witness their new home shirt for the coming season:



Now you'll excuse the picture but there aren't that many that capture all of the shirt's features in a satisfactory way, so let me guide you through them all.

First of all let me consult my Umbro checklist here... Diamonds on the shoulders - check, manufacturers logo on the sleeves - check, strange fragment of patterned fabric running down the sides - check... Ooh look! It's the old 'penguin' design again!

Yes, Birmingham City (for those of you that aren't aware) generally sport plain blue shirts under normal circumstances, but back in 1971 a new design was born which incorporated a wide strip of white down the middle 'Ajax-style'. It became known as 'The Penguin' for obvious reasons and forever became synonymous with an era when some of the Birmingham City's legends wore it, such as Bob Latchford and Trevor Francis.

The Penguin was resurrected in the 1997/98 season by Pony but this is the first time we've seen it since, and if I do say so myself it looks rather fetching. If you want to buy it, visit the Birmingham City website where it's available to pre-order, but let's face it, where's the fun in that? What you really want to do is either praise it to high heaven or damn it all the way to oblivion...

Want to know the most effective way? Leave us a comment or cast your vote below! We know a lot of you in the Birmingham area visit our site, so tell us what you think and make yourselves known!

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VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SHIRT
The final results were as follows:

Excellent: 37 (37%)
Good: 23 (23%)
OK: 14 (14%)
Poor: 5 (5%)
Terrible: 20 (20%)

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