After a few years of looking like they were on the fringe of doing something special, Northampton Saints finally rewarded their passionate fans last season by securing a Premiership and Challenge Cup double. But how to mark such an achievement? Well, it seems the plan is to do things a little bit differently, kit-wise this year…
Over the last 10 years, a combination of misguided Premiership regulations (remember when the AP decided that all teams had to have one primary colour on their jersey, scandalously removing hoops from the grand old clubs of England?) and general design excitement have seen Northampton Saints shirts vary quite widely from their traditional livery.
This year, however, Saints have gone a little different… any yet somehow it looks more traditional than ever before.
By making the gold hoops equal in size to the black and green ones, it’ created a pretty different look for Northampton, but it’s one that we find it hard to dislike.
It might not be a traditional look for Saints, but it has a classic vibe, and lays the bedrock for a jersey that’s full of nice touches that make it look even better, not least the subtle gold piping on the collar, and the happy absence of our old enemy, the Burrda ‘chest wave’
We also like the way that they’ve kept the sleeves plain green – it serves to make sure that green is the primary colour of the jersey, and also stops things looking too busy. The gold sleeve cuffs are a nice touch, too.
If we were to split hairs, we’d have to say that the Saints badge is FAR too big – it takes up practically the whole left-hand side of the chest. Maybe the fact that this jersey is going to be worn by absolute man-mountains like Courtney Lawes, George North and Samu Manoa, someone decided that a club badge that could be seen from space was required to not look out of proportion?
There’s a lot of gold in this shirt – we wonder if that’s a subtle nod to their golden season last year, but we certainly aren’t complaining.
This might be a bit of an unconventional jersey for Northampton, but we think it really works, certainly far better than other attempts to be out of the norm in recent years. Plus we just bloody love hoops – who doesn’t? Win!
SHIT/GOOD RATING: GOOD