Top tips from Plymouth Argyle's team kit man Neil
FANS would be in uproar if Plymouth Argyle played at home in any colour other than green.
That's the view of the club's kit man Neil Lunnon, who is also a lifelong fan.
With just days to go before voting by Herald readers closes to choose the team's new home shirt for next season, we asked Neil for his views.
"It's hard to tell from the pictures, but I'd go for Evoque – the one with the white flash on the front," he said.
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"Whichever one the fans choose, we'll see lots of them around, because they'll be buying replica shirts."
Although only in his third season as kit man, 48 year-old Neil has seen football fashions change many times since his father took him to his first match at Home Park at the age of five.
"The players like the shirt to be tight-fitting," he said. "It looks better if they go to the gym regularly and makes it harder for opponents to pull the shirt.
"They like the shorts long and loose.
"Years ago, players liked shirts long and baggy, while in the Kevin Keegan era the shorts were so short they were like hot pants!"
Neil has a massive job looking after the team's kit – not just the strip they wear on the pitch but their training kits and equipment such as bibs, balls, towels and cones.
And he never makes a list, keeping all the information in his head.
When the team recently played back-to-back away games at Fleetwood and Bradford, he had to pack enough kit and equipment for both matches and a training session, as the squad stayed in the north between matches.
Each player has two home kits and two away kits, some liking to change at half-time.
They also have warm-up tee-shirts, sweatshirts, wet tops, white ankle socks to go under their football socks, and skin-tight undershorts and undershirts which keep players warm and can help prevent strains.
In the dug-out Neil also has emergency replacement shirts and shorts in various sizes, as new rules mean a player with blood on his kit has to change immediately.
Neil said: "Fortunately we have a laundry at the club and the kit comes out of the tumble-drier with no creases, so I don't have to iron it!"
A season ticket-holder before joining the club, Neil has strong views on the team colours.
"Green is meant to be unlucky, but the fans would be in uproar if Argyle played at home in any other colour," he said.
"The yellow away strip is not too bad – the only downside is that it looks like Torquay United..."