Date: 26th October 2009 at 5:59pm
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Queens Park Rangers under 16s academy coach Marc Bircham has reportedly imposed a ban on colourful boots.

Speaking to footyboots.com and reported by extrafootie.co.uk the former Rangers midfielder has placed a ban on boots sported by the likes of Wayne Routledge.

He said: ‘It has been proven that if a winger wears coloured football boots it is easier for a full-back to pick them up than if they are wearing black boots. [But] That`s not why we banned them. We just don`t want the players getting too flash!’

‘The players have to do jobs like clean the senior pros` boots – things that I had to do when I started as a youth player here, back in 1994,’ he continued.

‘Academies have stopped doing that sort of thing, but we think it gives players a sense of discipline.

‘We have some old-school ideas – like punishments for lateness and insisting they do jobs like cleaning – backed up with state of the art coaching techniques.’


From the under 9s to the under 18s level the players will have to sport a strict black boot policy in an attempt to keep their feet firmly rooted to the floor.

Players will have to earn the right to sport the boots of their first team colleagues, such as the in-form Wayne Routledge.




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4 Replies to “QPR Impose Black Boots Rule”

  • At school our kids are only allowed to totally white PE shoes and black football boots – these are all under 11s! I think it’s sensible – don’t want to get the kids too flash & fancy too early!!

  • I think it’s good for team spirit – There was always a flash dan in the class who couldn’t play for toffee but mum and dad bought him everything under the sun – If you keep it about the game not the boots then it’ll create a bit more harmony and team ethic in my opinion.

  • I’m more than happy with this idea, it is time to make sure that the kids learn a bit of repect for others and keep their feet on the ground. We do not want to see young players growing up into the sort who end up in court after “allegedly” punching a woman for not allowing him to grope her whilst saying the immortl “Don’t you know who I am” tripe.

    We had enough a little while back when some horseplay had tragic results and, although I don’t like bringing that up, a bit of discipline being instilled into kids may just make the difference to prevent a bit of fun from becoming a tragedy.

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