At Christmas time, football shirts are a common gift found under the tree for loved ones and we’ve picked our favourite three Bolton Wanderers away shirts to fit in with Homelessness charity Shelter’s #NoHomeKit campaign.
Wanderers won’t be in action on Boxing Day owing to the postponement of the home clash against Morecambe, but that won’t stop us from having a go at looking at three of the best Bolton away shirts from over the years, in our humble opinion.
Bolton have had some classic strips down the years and narrowing down our selection to a top three was no easy task – but this is far from a definitive list and so, if we’ve missed any obvious ones out, let us know in the comments.
Away kits are a big focus this Christmas due to Homelessness charity Shelter’s #NoHomeKit campaign.
We’ve teamed up with Shelter for the campaign, which will see football clubs across the country wear away or third kits to raise awareness of the increasing number of rough sleepers and unsafe housing.
Fans are also encouraged to wear their away kits on Boxing Day or December 27, with Shelter hoping the campaign will help to generate funds to help tackle the issue.
More than 180,000 households have been made homeless since the start of the pandemic, with families – many of which contain children – being placed in hostels that Shelter consider unsuitable.
As such, we’re encouraging readers to wear their Bolton Wanderers away kits on Boxing Day or December 27 and, to give you some help over which kit you decide to wear, here are our favourites.
The current away kit got a good reception from fans when it debuted over the summer and has been a popular one on the terraces by the looks of things.
The introduction of a collar is a nice touch – who does not like a collar on a shirt, right? – as is the black sleeves on the yellow chest.
Its first showing this season was in the dramatic 3-3 draw on the road against AFC Wimbledon – hopefully it’ll see more dramatic moments later on this season.
A classic Reebok kit from the club’s Premier League era had to make this list didn’t it, let’s be honest.
There are several contenders which could be named from this time, but the one we’ve gone for is from the 2005/06 season which is synonymous with the Whites for many reasons.
This was when the club was in its hayday under Sam Allardyce, with this campaign’s showing being the club’s first campaign in Europe and with several legends – such as Gary Speed, Ivan Campo, Stelios Giannakopoulos and Jay-Jay Okocha donning it.
Manchester Evening News is an official media partner for Shelter’s #NoHomeKit campaign.
We are proud to be supporting the homeless charity in their fight to tackle homelessness.
On Boxing Day this year, football clubs and fans are asked to swap their home shirt for their away or third kit in aid of people who don’t have a safe place to call home.
We want as many teams, players and fans as possible to join the #NoHomeKit campaign and work with Shelter to help people dealing with homelessness and unsafe housing this winter.
By joining the campaign you’ll be helping raise awareness of the housing emergency and raising vital funds to help us fight it.
This memorable green number is in the list for a couple of good reasons.
Firstly, it’s a nice looking iconic green kit with Reebok as the kit sponsors and stands out over time, has a collar which is never to be complained about and has the club crest in a nice detail on it throughout.
But perhaps more importantly, this kit comes from the final season at Burnden Park in 1997 before the club moved to its new home at the Reebok Stadium, as it was known then, and it’s also a kit worn during the club’s promotion straight back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
Whilst the festive season is always a massive time for football, it is also a period when those in help need it most, and Shelter says there is a ‘housing emergency’ this December.
Shelter offers a number of services that aid those in need, such as one-to-one help with housing issues, a 365-day free emergency hotline and free legal advice from its solicitors.
For every £1 donated to Shelter, 79p is spent directly on helping people through advice, support and campaigning, and a further 21p is spent on more fundraising.