Colchester United players celebrate a last-gasp equaliser against Mansfield Town in their camo away kit (Picture: Colchester United).
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The Military Inspiration Behind Colchester United's Away Kit

As the team continues its push for the League Two play-offs, Forces News looks at the military inspiration for their new kit.

Colchester United players celebrate a last-gasp equaliser against Mansfield Town in their camo away kit (Picture: Colchester United).

Colchester United players celebrate a last-gasp equaliser against Mansfield Town in their camo away kit (Picture: Colchester United).

Colchester is home to an Army garrison and is a town with a historic military background.

At the start of the 2018/19 season, Forces News found out about the military inspiration for Colchester United's away kit this term. 

Colchester is renowned for being Britain's oldest recorded town and the home of 16 Air Assault Brigade, who are the driving force behind the 'U's' black and grey camo shirt.

Sammie Szmodics celebrates a goal against Mansfield Town (Picture: Colchester United).
Sammie Szmodics celebrates a goal against Mansfield Town (Picture: Colchester United).

Matt Hudson, the club's Media Manager, told BFBS Colchester that the strip was inspired by the club's military background:

"The Chairman has been at the club 10 or 12 years now and I think from when he first came in here, he was very proud of the fact we are a military town. 

"So I think he was keen that when Macron, our kit suppliers, offered the camo effect as an option - it was something we really wanted in the kit.

"Both the Army and the football club take Colchester's name around the country and beyond.

"We share that identity of the town and the pride of where we come from."

The kit has become one of the most popular in recent years (Picture: Colchester United).
The kit has become one of the most popular in recent years (Picture: Colchester United).

Approximately 4,000 military personnel live in Colchester and the camo kit has proved to be one of the team's most popular.

"It has been really popular, the Chairman said last week that it has sold quicker than any of the other away kits in recent years," Mr Hudson explained.

"I think the fans have taken to it and you see fans, young and old, wearing it across the place. 

"[The players] look smart, particularly the away kit and as a team unit you come out looking big and strong in that kit and the players themselves quite like it!"

As of April 2019, Colchester United sit in eighth place in League Two after 44 games played and are two points off the play-off positions.