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Does a Yellow Away Kit Mean Relegation for Aston Villa? Here’s What We Know

Does a Yellow Away Kit Mean Relegation for Aston Villa? Here’s What We Know

Aston Villa are yet to release all their kits for the 2023/24 season, but a stunning concept kit is making fans go gaga. The Villans have already released their home jersey for the upcoming campaign, similar to many of their Premier League counterparts.

Their home kit has the club’s traditional maroon and blue colours. British manufacturers Castore, however, haven’t released their away kit or third kit for the upcoming campaign. Considering that Villa have a strong chance to play in Europe next season, their fans are craving some attractive attire to wear to the away games.

Stunning concept kit

Amid all this, a brand new concept away kit designed by Aston Villa fan and graphic designer Dan Jones seems to be a major hit among the fanbase. The concept kit shows a bright yellow shirt with the club’s iconic maroon and blue colours striped just below the collar region.

This is a major change from last season’s away kit, which saw the Lions don a light blue shirt with their traditional colours in stripes too. It’s still not known whether or not Castore will go with a similar look for the upcoming campaign’s away kit, but the concept one has impressed many.

A number of fans seem to be attracted by how subtle yet slick the concept kit looks. Moreover, with the crest badge also retaining the club’s traditional colours – a lot of fans have been won over by what they’ve seen from this yellow kit.

With that being said, however, there is a bit of a cursed past to yellow-coloured kits for Aston Villa. The club have tried out that specific colour for their away jerseys quite a few times in the past and it hasn’t really brought them fruitful results at all.

The ‘curse’ of yellow away kits

As a matter of fact, there is a pattern of relegation in nearly every season when the club opted to wear yellow kits. The most recent one was back in the 2015-16 season. Italian manufacturers Macron designed their kits back then and designed a yellow away kit for the club, with black collars and designs around the sleeves.

Aston Villa Away Kit for 2015-16 season

The Lions finished 20th at the end of the season, being relegated from the Premier League. They only won one single away game all season long and the yellow colours did not favor them at all.

This wasn’t the first something like this happened either. Back in the 1986-87 English First Division season, Villa were also relegated after finishing bottom of the table. They opted to wear a yellow away kit which had dark gold stripes to it and a similar design around the neck area as the concept kit does.

Aston Villa Away Kit for 886/87 season

The first instance of this kind of ‘curse’ was notable back in the 1969-70 season. Villa wore a rather simple yellow kit for their away games, but it seemed to only bring them bad luck. The club even changed their away kit colour mid-way through that campaign and reverted it to light blue, but that didn’t help.

Aston Villa Away Kit from 1969 to 1974

They got relegated from the second division to English football’s third division. But Villa continued wearing the same yellow away kit until 1974, and even ultimately won back promotion to the second division in that period too.

With that being said, it’s not always been all gloomy for Villa when it comes to yellow kits. From 1991-93, Umbro developed a third kit for them which was also yellow with a claret and blue collar design.

Aston Villa Third Kit from 1991 to 1993

Not only did they not get relegated in those years, but even finished second in the Premier League table in the 1992-93 season – often wearing that kit in away games in that campaign.

Made by Hummel, Villa next wore a yellow attire in the 2005/06 season too and only barely avoided relegation, finishing in 16th place in the Premier League.

Due to their wonky record with yellow kits, many Villa fans are still paranoid about having a yellow-colour away kit. Even though this current Villa side is highly unlikely to be relegated under Unai Emery’s management, the fear of this ‘curse’ is probably why the Lions won’t sanction a yellow-coloured away kit anytime soon.