Any stories behind the numbers?
Squad numbers mean less than they ever did, but they are always worth a study to see if there is a story behind the numbers.
The headline is that Joe Wollacott has taken the no. 1 shirt from Craig MacGillivray, who unlucky for him is given no. 13. No surprise that Garner is going to start with the ex-Swindon ‘keeper, but a kick in the teeth for last year’s custodian.
I do like that the club say that players ‘take’ their numbers, obviously that cannot have been the case with MacGillivray, but the article does say that new signings Sessegnon, O’Connell and Egbo took the shirts 2, 6 and 18 respectively. The traditional no. 3 left back shirt is empty, but the Fulham loanee who is playing left-back takes 2. It used to be so much less complicated!
The other new signings ‘opted’ for numbers outside of the first eleven. Other notable changes are that Sam Lavelle moves from 15 to 5, and Charlie Kirk from 20 to 14. Inniss stays at 24, and I thought footballers were superstitious.
Youngsters Elerewe, Harness, Leaburn, Kanu, Clayden, Henry and Ness have all been given shirt numbers, although it is to be seen if any of those go out on loans. No shirt for Richard Chin, who has featured in pre-season albeit out of position.
For those looking for transfer clues well the no. 3 is empty as is 15, 16 and 17. Excluding under 21-year olds and goalkeepers means that three squad places are left available for new players if no one is sold or loaned out.