It has not been a good season for West Brom so far. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
There has been the anti-semitic gesture that earned Nicolas Anelka a five-match ban, the sacking of Steve Clarke that has not seemed to be a particularly wise decision so far and the small matter of the club hovering in relegation trouble.
But all of that pales in comparison to the fact that they have run out of hooped socks. Yes, really.
It has proved too difficult for club officials to keep a necessary stock of the right socks, so instead of their traditional hooped ones (pictured below), they have had to make a change.
A fairly significant change, it can safely be assumed on behalf of the club's most traditional and loyal supporters.
Against Fulham last weekend the West Brom players had to sport plain navy blue socks and boy did it look wrong.
From the Birmingham Mail:
A Baggies whistleblower, who confirmed the story is not a yarn, broke the news last night that blue is now the colour for the remaining 11 games of the season.
The Mail has learnt Baggies’ management were warned the first team stock of socks was running low, but a request for new pairs was lodged with Adidas too late. “It will be blue socks for the rest of the season,” he admitted.
The hoops headache isn’t restricted to the pitch. A club shop spokesman said: “I don’t know why they wore navy on Saturday, but we haven’t any in stock, which might explain things.”
Clearly the message to West Brom's fans is that when their club can't even maintain a suitable supply of the right socks, it really is time to worry.
Of all David Moyes's concerns, at least he has not had to fret over his Manchester United players not having the correct branded socks.
The Baggies really are looking like a team in chaos at the moment and you can add 'socks' to Pepe Mel's long list of problems at the moment.
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