Wycombe Wanderers’ new goalkeeper kits for the 2018/19 were revealed for the first time live on Sky Sports News this morning – and they’re just as eye-catching as before!
The club, together with its official kit supplier O’Neills, hit headlines last summer for its multi-coloured kaleidoscopic design and baby blue and pink alternative, and will attract attention again this time around with a mesmerising vortex design in both yellow and bright pink varieties.
Modelled by the club’s goalkeepers Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay, the kits will be available to purchase from the shop at Wanderers’ Adams Park home from 1pm on Saturday, and online via the O’Neills website at the same time.
As with last year’s kits, the design is intended to make the goalkeeper appear larger and also distract the opposing striker as he prepares to shoot, with the vortex creating a target to aim for rather than the goal itself.
Wanderers’ chairman Trevor Stroud explained: “Our previous goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson was a fantastic character who believed there was a marginal gain to be had by making the goalkeeper appear bigger and distracting to the opposition. There has been some research in that area which led to last year’s designs, and they went viral across the globe from the moment we launched them, resulting in a huge number of sales compared to previous years.
“Although Barry left us at Christmas, plans for the new kits were already in place and we’re thrilled to see them come together to create these two designs which we hope will be just as popular with fans.”
Susie Robertson, O’Neills’ UK Sales Manager, said: “Wycombe enjoyed great success with last year’s goalkeeper kit launch and we were intrigued to hear their plans for the new strip, which has been another great project for us to work on.
“Our designers love a challenge and we’re really pleased with how the kits have turned out - we look forward to seeing them worn by supporters around Adams Park and beyond.”
The kits will carry the logos of Cherry Red Records on the front and Origin Global on the reverse when worn with the home outfield kit, and Utilita Energy on the front and BMI The Chiltern and Shelburne Hospitals on the reverse when worn with the away outfield kit, while BMI The Chiltern and Shelburne Hospitals are also the sponsor for both sets of shorts.