This is the second article in the series where Trust Board members respond to fans message board posters questions
LCFC Online poster – Beaumont Fox
How much input did the FT and the Fans Forum have into the design of the naff shirt* we are getting? (*that's my opinion and not the opinion of the site as a whole!).
Trust Board Member, Matt Davis responds
I represented the Trust on a sub committee of the Fans Consultative Committee that was specifically set up to discuss the kit design. We never actually saw the final design, but there are elements discussed that have been incorporated, such as the re-introduction of the shield, although the way this has been done in the end wasn’t as I originally envisaged as I preferred to go back to the old style shield in totality and I also preferred a very retro traditional blue and white kit.
In a democracy though you are never going to please everyone in the sub committee and so the one thing we all stressed was the need to ensure it was a design that the players and manager were happy with. We all suggested that they had the final say as it is them that have to perform in the chosen style/block of colour/style.
The question you posted on the message board was a few weeks ago was when the prototype kit was featured on the clubs website. A prototype was used as part of the announcing of the Topps Tiles deal and in many ways in my personal opinion it was a mistake as it was hastily put together, and resulted in a lot of negativity as the shirt had the wrong blue shade.
However in hindsight this has proved beneficial, as the negative comments about the original yellow block for the sponsors logo, caused a re-think and all credit to Topps Tiles for agreeing to modifications based on the fans criticisms, as many sponsors would not have been so flexible.
Hope this clarifies matters, if it doesn't feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org …………