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Kit-Talk: My All-Time Favourite Bolton Wanderers Shirt

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Fulham v Bolton Wanderers - Barclays Premier League Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images

So as we all know, Bolton Wanderers have released their 2017/18 new home and away kits:

With echoes of our 1997/98 versions, they’ll no doubt be a hit with supporters both old enough to know better, and young enough not to care. They can be preordered by clicking here. Just think - if you buy one you could be directly responsible for keeping us up in the Championship.

Despite the sales pitch, I have to admit that I won’t be buying one.

The reason? Well, because the kit cannot compare with my all-time favourite.

A kit of such simple elegance that it will probably never be beaten.

Used during the 2007-8 season, the kit might well be connected with the rise of Gary Megson’s evil regime, but that isn’t enough to stop me gazing back through my collection of Wanderers tops with starry eyes.

It has been a long time since we had such a perfect kit. A mesh of beauty and form, it remains a throwback to an era where normal people could wear football tops and not look like 10lb of shit in a 5lb bag.

The sight of Nicolas Anelka striding across the pitch wearing the shirt is enough to drive me to distraction, and I can only pray that Gary Madine brings about the same emotion in his new top this year.

Buy the shirts. Help the club. We need new players. Buy the shirts.