There seems to be a lot of confusion coming from BRFC/BRSC regarding the new kits, so let's try to make some sense of it.
GREEN AWAY KIT
In June 2007, BRSC confirmed that the green away kit would become the 3rd kit for season 2008-09.
Clive Farquar said "I have checked and can confirm that the new green away shirt will be the 3rd shirt for the 2008-09 season"
Then in May 2008, Pirate News showed 2 new Rovers kit designs - a new home kit and a new green away kit.
Yet BRSC fans Director David Brain claimed "Unless there has been a change we are retaining last years green kit as our second kit"
David's comments seem to be at odds with what Clive Farquar had said back in June 2007, and what is shown in Pirate News.
Looking at the designs in Pirate News, it is clear that the new away kit is not the same as the 2007-08 green away kit.
See here: http://file043a.bebo.com/7/large/2008/05/23/12/7234157a7815734174l.jpg
So according to BRFC/BRSC we have:
A. The green Away kit from 07-08 becoming the third kit
B. The green Away kit from 07-08 staying as the away kit
C. A green Away kit, plus a green 3rd kit
D. A new green Away kit to replace the green Away kit from 07-08
The new green Away kit design can be found on the Errea website shown as one of their basic designs called 'Maglia Antares' - the type used by amateur clubs.
See here: http://126.96.36.199/ins/fotografie/immagini_upload/%7BA839452F-C2D8-4F04-B874-8E48131B54F1%7D_B230.jpg
Yet David Brain claims "The kit manufactures, utilising their market experience, present a number of options which are developed in consultation with the club retails staff, management and directors."
But we can show that the green away kit design is just a basic Errea design with a sponsors logo, club badge etc. slapped on it.
In addition, it does not make commercial sense to launch another green kit, as people who purchased the one from last season are unlikely to buy another the following season.
UPDATE: On the 3rd of June 2008 Rovers continued the farce by saying "the away shirt in its new format will not go on sale to supporters."
And yet David Brain was defending their commercial expertise.
Fans had been expecting the launch of a Black Arab style kit for season 2008-09 to mark the 125th anniversary of the club.
However, according to BRSC fans Director David Brain, it isn't yet the anniversary - so it seems that we will have to wait until the actual date of 1/12/2008 before it is launched.
It seems a bit pointless to release a kit 5 months into the season, and for it not to be the first or second choice kit. I guess they hope everyone will rush out and buy one for Christmas - but then again they would have missed out on more than 5 months worth of sales and of the players wearing it.
But there's more...
On May 23 2008, David Brain confirmed Rovers "will launch a commemorative 125 year kit on the anniversary later in the season."
Then just 2 days later he said "As for the BA kit I am not yet sure when it will be launched."
It is no wonder that Rovers fans are baffled about what is happening... or isn't happening.
Ironically, Errea already produce a Black Arab style shirt for other clubs, but not for Rovers.
NEW HOME KIT
The light blue colour seems to be a lot less popular with fans than a traditional royal blue colour.
Regardless, Rovers claimed the reason they have changed the colour of the blue on the shirts to a "lighter shade of blue" is "to match the colour of sponsors Cowlin's new logo".
Not mentioned is that having the shirt in the same colour as the logo reduces the printing costs.
However, the shade of blue used for the sponsors logo can't be that big of an issue as it is shown in white on the green away kit.
Fans Director David Brain said "We have a retail manager and commercial director who consider what they believe fans want and what are the best commercial choices."
What he fails to mention is that the Rovers Commercial Director is Barry Bradshaw who also has the Errea South-West franchise.
So, does Barry Bradshaw make "the best commercial choices" for BRFC or Errea?
It is a conflict of interests, so he should be replaced.
David Brain said "It should also be borne in mind that whilst the shirt design is very important the board, supporters club and football club have been somewhat distracted by the ground development and move to a temporary home and temporary retail and office premises which continues to be very time consuming."