Society Committee member Jon Blain explains City’s blue away kit
Away shirts don’t often evoke much remembrance or affection, being as they are the kit worn when you are not allowed to wear your normal colours. However, this version is special to the club due to the connection it has with Calcio Lecco 1912.
A bond of friendship has been formed between City fans and the tifosi of Lecco due to the Italians reaching out in 2017 to invite City fans over for a game between the two sets of supporters to take part in the 40th anniversary celebrations of Lecco’s Anglo-Italian Cup win. This game was played in Lecco, a city squeezed between Lake Como and the Italian Alps, on the 24th June 2017. The final result between the two fans was a credible 2-2 draw. Since 2017, both sets of fans have watched games at Twerton Park and the Stadio Rigamonti-Ceppi together.
City’s two appearances in the Anglo-Italian Cup final came during the most successful period of the club’s history in the late 70s, where, as well as two Anglo-Italian Cup adventures, the club won the Southern League, Southern League Cup and Somerset Cup.
To celebrate this friendship, which you may have seen commemorated in the flag on the Popular Side, the club is this season donning the Blucelesti (sky blue) colours of our Italian friends as an away shirt. Hopefully it will prove popular with fans and become a kit that is fondly remembered for both the friendship and a successful season.