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Players and kit men solve cup colour clash conundrum

A game of two halves | Blue and white hoops to bright orange away colours...

17 January 2018

A little and obscure piece of history perhaps? Jon Dadi Bodvarsson surely must be the first player to have scored a hat-trick for one team, wearing two different shirts within the same match?

A kit clash was noticeable as soon as the two teams strode out of the tunnel last night as the colours of Reading's home strip were clearly compromised by Stevenage's white shirts which, while admittedly different, bore a very close resemblance to their hosts'.

"It was a bit strange at the beginning," Royals boss Jaap Stam said after the game. "Two teams almost wearing identical shirts.

"Maybe, for us as coaching staff, it was a bit easier to tell the two teams apart. But as a player you need to make quick decisions on the ball and it can be quite frustrating when - out of the corner of your eye - you see a white shirt and you pass the ball to the opposition, which then can lead to a counter attack.

"You could see that the players were complaining about the colours in the very first few minutes of the game – because it’s difficult to play a game of football when two teams are wearing basically the same colours.

"It’s good that our players told the referee that it was difficult to play in. But I don’t think he could do a lot during the first half.

"This was the only shirt Stevenage had, besides a blue one which the referee wouldn’t let them play in. So they had to wear the white one.

"We were wearing blue hoops but very white strip of course, our home kit as everybody knows. We had home advantage so we should wear our home kit - there were ten days between the two games and everyone knows what colours we’re wearing because we're the home team. So really it needed to be arranged before the game kicked off."

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The Royals emerged for the second half in their bright orange away shirts to ensure there was no confusion during the second half of the tie - and our Icelandic striker notched the third of his treble by sidefooting home a Chris Gunter cross from close range.

"Stevenage didn’t bring any shirts that they needed to bring, and we didn’t have our away kit at the stadium. So our kit men needed to go back to Hogwood to get the away shirts during the first half, just in case the players wanted to swap.

"They made the decision to go back to the training ground and pick the kit up. It’s not a long way, only 15 minutes. But they thought ahead, anticipated the situation and that’s what you need from people. They used their own initiative.

"And at half-time, we gave the decision to the players, asking them if they wanted to swap shirts. And we changed at half-time.

"I’ve not seen anything like it in my time in football. But there’s always a first."

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