Coventry City will wear a one-off strip in next week’s League Two play-off final against Exeter City after running out of this season’s home kit.
The club, however, denied the situation was related to their generous donation of 30 boxes of kit to a Syrian refugee camp in Iraq earlier this month.
In a statement, Coventry’s chief executive Dave Boddy said: “Having been unable to obtain new replacements of the existing kit, we have had to source a one-off shirt from our kit supplier for the play-off final.
“The striped kit is one with much history, especially at Wembley, for the Sky Blues and we hope it will prove popular with supporters.”
It is understood that this season’s kit – a simple, sky blue number – was ordered in bulk in February 2017 and has sold well throughout the campaign. With a large minimum order needed for more stock, the club decided to commission a one-off kit.
Reaction to the announcement on social media, however, has been decidedly mixed with many fans pointing out the new kit’s close similarity to the 2015/16 season’s home shirt and the £45 price tag for an adult top, £36 for a junior size.
But Coventry are not the first club to introduce a one-off kit for a play-off final. QPR tried it in 2003 when they wore an all-white number – a throwback to the kit they wore in their famous 1967 League Cup win – in the Division Two play-off decider against Cardiff.
Coventry will be hoping there special outfit brings them more luck, though, as QPR lost 1-0.