West Bromwich Albion will pay a memorable and lasting tribute to legendary striker Jeff Astle with an historic kit change for the Premier League clash against Leicester City on April 11.
The Baggies will don a 2015 replica of the famous white 1968 Wembley strip in which their never-to-be-forgotten centre forward enjoyed his most iconic Albion moment and scored the FA Cup Final winner.
The change of strip will be the high point of “Astle Day” when a Foundation in Jeff’s name is launched by his family which will promote care of other sufferers and research and education into CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy).
He passed away from the disease at the age of just 59 in 2002.
The club have agreed to auction the one-off kit to raise funds for the Foundation as part of its pledge to dedicate a home game to the much loved goal-scorer. And it will be uniquely “retro,” stripped of names and branding, with 2-11 numbering and a blank goalkeeper’s jersey to mirror that worn by Albion keeper John Osborne on that famous day.
It is only the second time the Premier League have granted permission for a kit-change following Manchester United’s switch to a retro design for the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster in 2008.