Japp Stam said he’d never seen it before and neither have we.
The FA Cup third round replay night is not traditionally known for its surprising turn ups.
But last night something unique happened in Reading’s replay against League Two side Stevenage.
This was Sunday league levels of amateur.
Royals striker Jon Dad Bodvarsson scored all three goals to help his side comfortably qualify for the fourth round.
The game started with Reading playing in their blue and white home kit and Stevenage in a white strip with blue shorts.
The kit clash seemed obvious to anyone watching.
The Icelander bagged twice in the first half wearing the blue and white get up.
But at half time, the players were complaining that they couldn’t tell who was on their team and who wasn’t.
An explanation for the numerous passes straight to the opposition.
During the break, the Reading kit man took it upon himself to go and raid the training ground for a new kit.
Reading swapped to their ‘brilliant orange’ and the bright kit clearly dazzled their lower league opposition.
Stevenage couldn’t muster much in the second half and Bodvarsson completed his hat trick in the 64th minute.
Both teams knew this game was coming for over a week and it should have been pretty obvious that both playing in different combinations of blue and white would have led to complaints about a colour clash.
“I’ve never seen that before,” said Stam. “Our kit man made the decision to go and get the second kit. He thought ahead and anticipated, it was his own initiative and you need that.”
Bodvarsson clearly should have given his man of the match award to Reading’s kit man.
Unfortunately barely anyone was at the Madjeski Stadium to see it as just under 5,000 people turned up to see Bodvarsson’s magic in two different shirts.
Ah, the magic of the cup.
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