West Brom have run out of hooped socks

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Between the anti-semitic gesture that earned Nicolas Anelka a five-match ban and their current place just above the relegation zone, West Brom currently find themselves with very serious troubles to navigate. And pulling up the rear to their variety of messes is the fact that they have run out of hooped socks.

Some overly observant fans noticed and bemoaned the team wearing solid blue socks instead of their traditional hooped ones (pictured below) against Fulham last weekend and it turns out it there was a reason for it.

From the Birmingham Mail:

A Baggies whistleblower, who confirmed the story is not a yarn, broke the news last night that blue is now the colour for the remaining 11 games of the season.

The Mail has learnt Baggies’ management were warned the first team stock of socks was running low, but a request for new pairs was lodged with Adidas too late. “It will be blue socks for the rest of the season,” he admitted.

The hoops headache isn’t restricted to the pitch. A club shop spokesman said: “I don’t know why they wore navy on Saturday, but we haven’t any in stock, which might explain things.”

When you can't even maintain the necessary supply of socks, you knows things have truly gone wrong. Perhaps this will become a saying for clubs in turmoil. I can hear Man United manager David Moyes saying it now: "Well, at least we have socks."

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