You wouldn’t think that the kit a team wears has much impact on the side’s performance. However, that does appear to be the case for Bolton Wanderers and their seemingly cursed relationship with black away kits.
Just take a look at this season. Wanderers look on course for a second relegation to League One in three years. Poor form, a leaky defence and the worst attack in the Championship have left Bolton in a perilous position with just a handful of games to go. And that’s just on the pitch.
Off it, you’ll see that Bolton are in dire need of a financial miracle as the club could well fall into administration if a new buyer is not found.
It’s a huge shame that Wanderers’ performances in the black kit leave a lot to be desired as the strip itself is rather easy on the eye.
In alarming similarity to the current season, the last time Bolton faced crippling financial insecurity and looming relegation, they also had a black away kit.
The 2015/16 season is one of Bolton’s worst ever seasons and saw the side relegated to League One with little more than a whimper.
As well as poor form all season long, the club also flirted with the possibility of administration on several occasions during the campaign.
Wanderers’ dubious relationship with black away kits dates as far back as the club’s Premier League days.
Most recently, Wanderers wore black in the 2011/12 Premier League season.
At this point I’m sure you can see the trend that’s formed over the past few years. Bolton suffered a crushing relegation to the Championship and ended their 11 year stay in the Premier League.
The 2007/08 season is different from those mentioned up until now as the club didn’t get relegated. But it was a close run thing that only saw Bolton survive on the final day of the season.
Once again, Bolton struggled with their black away kit. But what made the failure of the season complete was the fact that the same squad, just one year prior, qualified for Europe.
At this point it surely can’t be a coincidence. In every one of Bolton’s poor seasons over the past 10 years, the team has had a black away kit.
No matter how nice the kits look, it’s probably wise that Bolton stay away from the colour black in future.