Ask the chairman: Stripes could return to Sheffield Wednesday kit but badge looks like staying

Dejphon Chansiri has not ruled out bringing back the Sheffield Wednesday stripes in the team's home jersey.

Tuesday, 7th November 2017, 12:09 pm
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 4:17 pm
This year's Sheffield Wednesday shirt

The chairman made the somewhat controversial move in his second season to ditch the broad blue and white stripes in favour of a white pinstripe on a blue shirt.

This time around, the stripes had gone completely with the club's 150th anniversary being marked by a blue shirt with white sleeves.

Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri

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As part of his Ask the Chairman series of questions, Chansiri defended the switch away from stripes and the choice of design for this year's kit but didn't rule out a return to a striped jersey in the future.

"I wished to introduce an iconic kit for our 150th anniversary and we went through many options, with our history always at the forefront of these discussions and designs," he said. "We could have had hoops, for example, we could have had halves, but this was not something I felt befitting for the anniversary year."I wanted a simple but strong design which was also traditional to the club and the final selection I believe achieved this. This was the same last season and we achieved the best ever shirt sales our club has seen. "Of course, I appreciate the feedback of all our fans, some who prefer the stripes and some who prefer the current design and some who prefer something else completely different.

"The design of the kit never pleases everybody, this is something I learned very quickly in football, but I had to make the decision and I think the current kit does look extremely strong and iconic to mark our historical anniversary.

"I have never said I will not return to blue and white stripes and I have never said stripes represent bad luck in Thailand! What I have said and will always say is that I will never change tradition, I will always respect our history, and I will never change the blue and white of Sheffield Wednesday."

Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri

Meanwhile, Chansiri also answered a question regarding the change in badge which the iconic stylised Owl replaced by a more old-fashioned crest.

It appears as though, the current badge will be staying for as long as Chansiri is.

"It was important to me that while I wished to introduce a new crest to mark the new era of Sheffield Wednesday, it would maintain a nod to history," Chansiri added. "In a similar way to the kit, I have full respect for the traditions of our club.

"The current crest is a modern take on the one produced but never worn by the first team in the 1950s. I believe this crest is strong, powerful and traditional and represents perfectly the new beginning since I bought Sheffield Wednesday.

"This is the crest that symbolises Sheffield Wednesday for the present, for sure."