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End of an Errea Part Four - 2008-2011

Errea have made their last Brighton and Hove Albion kit after 15 long years with the club naming Nike as their "technical partner" from the start of the 2014/15 season.

The Italian company proved to be popular with fans having produced some of the best kits in the clubs history as well as being around for some of the most successful times, particularly with the move to The Amex.

In this mammoth five part series (presuming we don't get bored and give up after three), takes a look back at every shirt worn by the Albion that Errea came up with.

Part Four covers the final season at Withdean as the club began to transform from struggling side to one that was a slick operation both on and off the pitch. And it of course includes that infamous season when all three kits were blue. Because nobody saw that being a problem...

The White Backed Home Kit 2008-2010:
The new kit for 2008 should have represented a brave new start for Brighton and Hove Albion - a new sponsor in the shape of IT First and the return of Micky Adams at the helm. As it was, this particular home kit is best remembered for two seasons of struggle until the arrival of Gus Poyet. A return to a more traditional home shirt following the largely blue number of the previous two seasons, it featured stripes on the sleeves and a white back with white shorts and socks and was worn in such memorable encounters as the 1-0 defeat to nine man Walsall and the 4-1 home loss to Scunthorpe.
The Yellow and Blue Away Kit 2008-2010:
So we had a home kit featuring blue. Can't see there being any problems with an away kit featuring blue as well? This was another popular Errea effort with yellow and navy blue stripes and a navy blue back proving popular with fans. It was most regularly used with navy blue shorts and socks although it came as a flexible interchangable number that was also worn with a mixture of yellow shorts and yellow socks. It spent 2008-2009 as away kit before dropping down to be third kit the following season when it had it's most famous hour in Gus Poyet's first game at the helm away at Southampton.
The Coventry City Third Kit 2008-2009:
So we had a home kit featuring blue and an away kit featuring blue. Can't see there being any problems with a third kit featuring blue as well? Lasting just the one season and being worn in only a handful of away games against mainly teams who wore red or white, the Coventry City inspired number had it's fair share of highlights including a come-from-behind draw away at Cheltenham Town and an improbable Tommy Fraser bicycle kick at Hereford United. The Johnstones Paint Trophy Wembley dream also ended in it away at Luton Town and with it the second Micky Adams Era.
The Green Black and White Goalkeeper Kit 2008-2009:
After the unusual situation of two years of the same goalkeepers kits, 2008 bought with it four new ones. All of the same design, the most popular of the lot proved to be the green, black and white number being modelled by John Sullivan. It was a somewhat bizarre design that featured a black sleeve, a little bit of black rolling over the shoulder and a big white panel at the bottom. Coupled with black shorts and black socks, it probably ranks as one of the worst keeper kits Errea produced given the high standards of the previous few seasons.
The Yellow Black and White Goalkeeper Kit 2008-2009:
Second choice goalkeeping kit for 2008-2009 was the yellow version. Exactly the same as it's green cousin, it just substituted the main colour for a paler version of yellow making it an extremely poor imitation of the beautiful Tour de France kit of 2005. It was a uniform that was mainly used in away games, more often than not with the Coventry City kit owing to it's yellowness meaning it would clash with the yellow and navy kit. John Sullivan sported it when the Albion slipped into the League One drop zone for the first time after a last minute defeat away at Tranmere Rovers in December 2008.
The Red Black and White Goalkeepers Kit 2008-2009:
Given the popularity of red as a goalkeepers colour in the 21st Century, it seems remarkable that it took until the tenth season of Errea's technical partnership with the Albion for them to supply a traditional red coloured jersey as opposed to a shade of ruby. That it was in this particularly horrible design makes it even more shocking. Again, it was exactly the same design as both yellow and green kits and mainly appeared at Withdean against teams who didn't wear red such as Colchester United on the day Adam Hinshelwood scored that most wonderful of own goals.
The Black Sky Blue and White Goalkeepers Kit 2008-2009:
While the design remained the same, there was at least one goalkeepers kit that had something a little different about it. That was the first and only one of the Errea era to be predominantly black, with the sleeve taking on a sky blue colour and the strange white panelling remaining. This shirt was hardly used as can be seen by the fact we had to resort to a photo of Michel Kuipers posing in it rather than any match action with it's most notable contribution coming in conceding four goals in the fateful 4-1 defeat to Nigel Adkins' Scunthorpe United.
The White Fourth Kit 2008-2009:
Well, who didn't see this coming then? With a home kit, an away kit and a third kit all featuring heavy amounts of blue, it was inevitable we would come up against a side wearing blue and have a bit of a problem. That finally happened in the visit to Shrewsbury Town for the Southern Semi Final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, meaning that a special "one off" white shirt had to be commisioned. Exactly the same design as the Coventry kit but featuring white and blue as opposed to sky blue and navy blue, it was needless to say not a one off and had to be used away at Millwall as well later in the campaign.
The Leicester City Away Kit 2009:
If having to release a fourth kit because all your other three isn't farcical enough, then having to play in the oppositions away kit most rank as even more of a joke. Yet that was what the Albion found themselves doing for the visit to Champions elect Leicester City. With the match day referee not happy with any of Micky Adams' sides back up options, the Seagulls were forced into wearing Leicester's away kit along with their own yellow shorts and the Foxes' yellow socks. Not that it had a detrimental effect as the pictured Chris Birchall (remember him?!) and co took an impressive point from a 0-0 draw.
The Second Red and Black Away Kit 2009-2011:
Realising the error of the previous season, the away kit for 2009-2010 featured no blue but instead went back to arguably the best of the lot that Errea produced for its inspiration. Featuring red and black stripes with red sleeves, black shorts and red socks it proved to be one of the more popular change strips they produced. It lasted two campaigns with its greatest moment coming in the second of those when Peterborough were absolutely dismantled 3-0 at London Road on the day Gus Poyet's side firmly established themselves as the outstanding team in League One.
The Emerald Green Crop Circle Goalkeepers Kit 2009-2010:
Another season, another new set of goalkeepers kits following the great escape. These ones featured a bizarre pattern that was a lighter shade of the main shirts colour. In the emerald green case, that meant a paler green for the crop circle style design. This was easily the most popular of the three on offer for 2009-10, being worn in the majority of home games as well as on that historic day away Southampton when Gus Poyet took charge of the Albion for the first time and Michel Kuipers celebrated in what can only be described as a totally mental manner.
The White Crop Circle Goalkeepers Kit 2009-2010:
Second choice of the crop circle kits was the absolutely beautiful white number. Featuring grey patterning as it's secondary colour, it was the best of the three on offer in 2009-10. Had something of a mixed bag with the pretty horrific memory of Graeme Smith conceding four in a disastrous Tuesday night game away at Norwich City but it was also the kit we got our first glimpse of Sexy Pete Brezovan in when the big Slovak saved a penalty on his debut in a 1-0 win at Exeter City. Always teemed very nicely with black shorts and black socks.
The Charcoal Crop Circle Goalkeepers Kit 2009-2010:
The third and final of the 2009-2010 edition of goalkeepers kits came in the form of this charcoal coloured number. The phrase "criminally underused" seems to have cropped up far more than can be considered healthy during this series but we make no apologies for using it again when it comes to this number. With a secondary colour of grey it was one of the most unique kits that Errea put together in their 15 years yet was unfortunately given only one really big outing when Michel Kuipers modelled it superbly in the FA Cup Fourth Round away at Aston Villa.
The Goodbye Withdean Home Kit 2010-2011:
The final season at Withdean was bid farewell with it's won special kit which will always be remembered as the one worn when the Albion romped to the League One title in one of the most impressive seasons in the clubs history. Blue shorts were used for the first time since the Gillingham days while blue socks also returned for the first time since 2002 and the previous third tier title triumph. The shirt was also predominantly blue with a series of thin white stripes, featuring a tag towards the bottom listing Withdean's trophy haul. It of course had one more by the end of this kits only campaign.
The Green Spiderman Goalkeepers Kit 2010-2011:
To the untrained eye, the 2010-2011 goalkeepers kits could have been exactly the same as the previous seasons efforts. Except of course they weren't. The crop circle design was out and in it's place came a spider front and centre of the shirt using the same lighter shade technique that had been pioneered in 2009-2010. The green one was the most used of these with Casper Ankergren choosing to wear it in virtually every game he played whether they be home or away. Coupled with black shorts and black socks, it is the goalkeepers kit that remains synonymous with the League One title success.
The Red Spiderman Goalkeepers Kit 2010-2011:
True red was back after a years absence when it also received the Spiderman treatment. Light red and dark red were put to good effect on the shirt that made its debut along with Mitch Walker in the final game of 2009-2010 against Yeovil Town. It was rarely seen after that as you can tell by the standard players photo rather than a match action shot with Casper Ankergren chosing to use it only when he was forced to - namely against sides away from home who wore green. Which basically amounted to the 2-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle.
The Yellow Spiderman Goalkeepers Kit 2010-2011:
The third and final goalkeepers kit for 2010-2011 saw the return of yellow, also after a years absence. This received slightly more game time than the red number, being used at home against teams who wore green including on the day we won promotion against Dagenham and Redbridge and in a handful of away games such as the FA Cup First Round replay at Woking from where the photo of Sexy Pete Brezovan wearing it originates from. The colouring featured a vibrant yellow and a paler shade and it was coupled with black shorts and socks.
The Dagenham and Redbridge Away Kit 2011:
Another season, another kit colour clash disaster. This time it came about thanks to Dagenham and Redbridge wearing Crystal Palace-esque colours of red and blue stripes, meaning neither the home kit nor the red and black away kit were going to be of much use for the Albion's first ever visit to Victoria Road. Step forward a brand new all white kit with a slight bit of blue on the shoulders to avoid the embarassment of again having to wear an oppositions away kit as Glenn Murray scored the only goal of the game to give Gus Poyet's men an eighth win in a row of Marvellous March.