Pompey unveil new home kit

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Pompey today launch their new home strip.

And the unique design is a tribute to those from the city who died in First World War.

Unveiled on the 100th anniversary of Great Britain’s involvement in that conflict, the kit replicates the look of the Blues’ 1914 version.

In addition, the shirt contains the names of all 1,400 members of the Pompey Pals who died.

It was the concept of fan and history enthusiast Bob Beech and Pompey’s commercial and marketing manager Micah Hall.

The kit will be on sale today from 9am, while players will be modelling it from 10.30am during an opening training session at Fratton Park.

And Hall believes it is fitting the new club home kit honours those who died.

He said: ‘The idea came about when I was in discussion with Bob Beech and the concept is a nod to the 1914 home kit which was the first one to be blue and the first one to have the badge on.

‘We have kept the badge and collar from that year while the names of the Pompey fans are woven into the shirt.

‘It is about remembering all those people who gave their lives, many of which were recruited here at Fratton 
Park.

‘There was a huge death toll through the Pompey Pals.

‘They joined up early and 
saw action at some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, including the Somme, so took some enormous casualties.

‘It is very important we should remember those people who gave their lives for us.’

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