Do football kits matter?
By the 13th of April 1996, Manchester United appeared on an unstoppable charge to the Premier League title. Alex Ferguson’s side had won 10 of their last 11 matches and in the process overhauled Newcastle’s 12-point lead. With 4 games left and a 6 point cushion, they travelled to Southampton. And despite Ferguson’s pre-match protestations turned out in glum grey. Their Umbro produced second kit worn four times already that season without a win.
And Ferguson’s paranoia had deepened by half time as United trailed three-nil. After goals from Ken Monkou, Neil Shipperley and Matt Le Tissier. In response, he forced his players into their blue and white third strip, explaining afterwards that they couldn’t pick each other out in grey. United lost the game, but did win the second half and would, of course, go on to win the title.
So, was Ferguson simply a sore loser? Or did the grey kit genuinely almost cost Manchester United the league. Well, there was scientific evidence behind his distaste for the grey strip. World-reowned vision specialist and long-time United employee, Gail Stephenson had warned him about the perils of playing in grey. The Liverpool University professor stressed as early as pre-season that the kit could affect the success rate of aerial passes and diminish a focus.
matter (〜が)問題となる, 重要となる
It doesn’t matter to me what you think about football.
Manchester United managed to overhaul the leader of the Premier League table.
cushion クッション, 勝ち点差の余裕
首位の Manchester United が勝ち点76、2位の Newcastle United が勝ち点70であったため、「6-point cushion」があったと表現されています。
protestation 主張, 抗議
Despite his protestation, the referee didn’t overturn his decision.
paranoia 疑り深さ, 悪い妄想
It was reported that he had been suffering from paranoia.
The manager refused to let his players wear glum grey kits for the match.
Surprisingly, Manchester United trailed three-nil in the first half.
There’s scientific evidence that which color to wear affects team performance.
distaste 嫌悪, 苦い思い
The player couldn’t hide his distaste when some fans invaded pitch during the match.
The new rule is expected to diminish the number of penalty kicks.
Manchester United managed to ( ) the leader of the Premier League table.
The player couldn’t hide his ( ) when some fans invaded pitch during the match.
It was reported that he had been suffering from ( ).
The manager refused to let his players wear ( ) grey kits for the match.
There’s scientific ( ) that which color to wear affects team performance.
Surprisingly, Manchester United ( ) three-nil in the first half.
Despite his ( ), the referee didn’t overturn his decision.
With 3 games left, Manchester United just had a 3-point ( ) to Newcastle United.
The new rule is expected to ( ) the number of penalty kicks.
It doesn’t ( ) to me what you think about football.
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