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Bomhead
January 15, 2022, 10:07pm
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I see our goalie wore red today and we are back winning.Why ooh why  do they keep wearing that unlucky lime green outfit.Please  burn it.
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January 15, 2022, 11:11pm
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For the benefit of young uns, green is seen an unlucky colour for fishermen, which is why we never traditionally had a green goalkeeper's jersey (certainly not under Buckley Mark I).
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For the benefit of young uns, green is seen an unlucky colour for fishermen, which is why we never traditionally had a green goalkeeper's jersey (certainly not under Buckley Mark I).


I’m familiar with this story, but is it actually true that Buckley put a stop to it? We definitely had green ‘keeper shirts under Buckley, as evidenced by Rhys Wilmott…




And if we’re calling this season’s effort ‘green’, then so was Paul Crichton’s in the early-90s…








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Not 100% TBH. Just seem to recall Steve Sherwood wore yellow when most opposition goalies wore green. It was during this time I heard about green being an unlucky colour for fishermen. But it's hard to argue against the visual evidence you've put forward...
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January 16, 2022, 12:15am
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Pretty sure Nige Batch wore green on a fairly regular basis and we didn't do too badly when he played, personally I think this green shirt thing is a lot of superstitious baloney.
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Not 100% TBH. Just seem to recall Steve Sherwood wore yellow when most opposition goalies wore green. It was during this time I heard about green being an unlucky colour for fishermen. But it's hard to argue against the visual evidence you've put forward...


I think there’s probably something in it, because in the close to 30 years I’ve been following Town these are the only examples I can think of that you could reasonably call ‘green’ (I think the official description of this season’s kit is ‘fluo’).  

But yeah, given the photos above, I’d love to know how / when / if it actually started.


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Agreed. Just had a quick squiz on Google pics and the vast majority, (not including the Wilmott and Crichton tops you highlighted) are not green, (other than Batchy and one Dixon goalie top (which may not have ever been actually used). Whether it's simply a case of green falling out of fashion I don't know.
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Agreed. Just had a quick squiz on Google pics and the vast majority, (not including the Wilmott and Crichton tops you highlighted) are not green, (other than Batchy and one Dixon goalie top (which may not have ever been actually used). Whether it's simply a case of green falling out of fashion I don't know.


If you’re on about this one, I can’t ever remember this being used in a game. It would have been in the Coyne / Croudson era when there were were red, yellow and blue versions but I never saw this on the pitch. Weird that it even exists, actually.



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I seem to remember reading years ago that the reason for not wearing a green top was that if the trawler returned from sea and the captain was in a green jumper it meant they’d lost a man at sea. No idea if that is true though.
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I'm pretty sure it started in George Kerr's era, that Town goalies wore green, such as Nigel Batch.

I once asked George the reason, and he said it was a load of baloney, never wearing green.
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