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Getting Shirty 2005-06

Getting Shirty 2005-06

Ray Simpson / 13th March 2019

A look back at some of our old playing kits

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As we build up to Retro Day on Saturday, Craig Stoddart looks back at our playing kit for the 2005-06 season


After producing a first for the club by introducing an all-black kit the previous season, Xara repeated the trick with this effort, this time adding a few white splashes.

The alterations, however, made this inferior to its predecessor and made one wonder why they’d bothered.

Given its grand unveiling on the opening day of the season – a 1-1 draw at Rushden & Diamonds when Clyde Wijnhard scored a penalty, pictured, and Shelton Martis made his debut – but by the second away game at Grimsby Quakers were in a red third kit.

Darlington were back in black, however, for the trip to Chester City, an infamous 4-4 draw when Akpo Sodje scored a hat-trick and making his first league appearance was new goalkeeper Bert Bossu.

A bit like Bossu, with a red away kit also available, the black shirts were not really needed and lasted only one season.

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