Wycombe Wanderers’ new goalkeeper kits for the 2017/18 season have been launched live on Sky Sports News – and they’re bound to catch the eyes of supporters and opposition strikers alike!
Designed collaboratively by the club and its official kit supplier O’Neills, the kits feature distinctive patterns designed to make the goalkeeper appear larger and more imposing when a striker is bearing down on goal and preparing to shoot.
The fluorescent yellow keeper kit carries an unmissable multi-coloured kaleidoscope pattern on the front, which resembles a target to aim for – rather than the goal itself – and catches the eye with its disruptive magic-eye effect.
Meanwhile, the sky blue and baby pink colour combination of the second keeper kit is blended into a similarly attention-grabbing pattern which will stand out from the crowd.
Wanderers coach Barry Richardson, who remains registered as a second-choice goalkeeper behind no.1 Scott Brown, said: “There’s been a lot of research into the science behind goalkeeper kits, which is why you see a lot of luminous colours and chevron patterns which enlarge the presence of the keeper in the goal.
“We’ve developed that idea over the past couple of years, with a bright lime and green design last year, and have enjoyed working with O’Neills to come up with these designs which we hope will be effective on the pitch and also be popular for fans who’d like to buy the replica versions.”
Brown added: “I must admit I had to do a double-take when Barry showed me the designs – they’re a lot different from what I’ve worn in the past! But they’ve definitely grown on me and I’m looking forward to wearing them throughout the season, even if I get a few rude comments from opposition fans behind my goal!”.
Susie Robertson, UK Sales Manager with O’Neills, said: “When O’Neills got a remit for the new 2017 keeper kit along the lines of ‘something psychedelic that will draw the eye of the opposition’, our designers were in seventh heaven! It has been great working Barry and the rest of the team on this and we’re delighted that the club are happy with the resulting design; we hope the supporters, and oncoming opposition, are suitably dazzled by it.”
The kits will carry the logos of Beechdean Dairy Ice Cream on the front and Origin Global on the reverse when worn with the home outfield kit, and Utilita Energy on the front and Cherry Red Records on the reverse when worn with the away outfield kit, while Cherry Red Records are also the sponsor for both sets of shorts.
Replica versions of the goalkeeper kits will be available to purchase later this month.