Sunday 20 August 2017

Wycombe Wanderers unveil kaleidoscope goalkeeper kit designed by O'Neill's to distract strikers

Wycombe Wanderers have launched two goalkeeper kits for the 2017/18 season CREDIT: PA
Wycombe Wanderers have launched two goalkeeper kits for the 2017/18 season CREDIT: PA

Callum Davis

Wycombe Wanderers have launched a garish new goalkeeper kit designed to distract opposing strikers.

The strip, manufactured by O'Neills and unveiled on Sky Sports News on Thursday afternoon, was designed in order to have a "disruptive magic-eye effect", according to the club's kit-suppliers.

Wycombe goalkeeper coach, Barry Richardson, explained the inspiration behind the design.

"There's been a lot of research into the science behind goalkeeper kits, which is why you see a lot of luminous colours and chevron patterns which enlarge the presence of the 'keeper in the goal," said Richardson, who remains the club's number two goalkeeper.

"We've developed that idea over the past couple of years, with a bright lime and green design last year, and have enjoyed working with O'Neills to come up with these designs which we hope will be effective on the pitch and also be popular for fans who'd like to buy the replica versions."

"I must admit I had to do a double-take when Barry showed me the designs - they're a lot different from what I've worn in the past!

"But they've definitely grown on me and I'm looking forward to wearing them throughout the season, even if I get a few rude comments from opposition fans behind my goal!" said Wycombe Wanderers number one, Scott Brown.

UK Sales Manager with O'Neills, said: "When O'Neills got a remit for the new 2017 'keeper kit along the lines of 'something psychedelic that will draw the eye of the opposition', our designers were in seventh heaven!

"It has been great working with Barry and the rest of the team on this and we're delighted that the club are happy with the resulting design; we hope the supporters, and oncoming opposition, are suitably dazzled by it."

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