Following the retirement of Manchester United manager, and perpetually red-faced Scotsman, Alex Ferguson, Pantone have announced the retirement of their Deep-Claret 19 colour.
A throwback to the tradition of sporting teams and franchises retiring the squad numbers of famous and iconic players across a range of sports, the design company decided this would be the most appropriate tribute to someone who has developed iconic status in terms of extreme colouring.
“I guess it hit me when Sir Alex announced he was stepping down, and we were shown all the montages of him at various stages of his career,” said Pantone Vice President of Operations, Brooks Tippet.
The New Jersey based company boasts just under 1,200 spot colours, with Ferguson’s exact hue having been speculated over for some time.
“The colour of that nose has always been the same – that lovely deep red. People might assume that it’s darkened over the years, but really it’s just spread more to his cheeks and, on occasion, his chin,” added Tippet.
Thought to be a legacy of years of exposure to harsh English winter dugout conditions – and his fond-ness for fine wines – Ferguson’s beacon-like visage has both lit-up stadia nationwide – and terrified numerous players – over the last twenty years.
When asked if Pantone had any plans to similarly honour any other players in the future, Tippet was a little cagey, though did state, “that TV guy – Gary Lineker – he has a pretty wild colour of skin; I don’t know how we might match that one.
“Maybe we could ask the guy who sold him his sunbed.”