In the context of the article and SPP's explanation, I think it's a reasonable conclusion to draw: 'The strong-bodied midfielder then discussed the meaning behind the bottom part of the guernsey, and the impact the members and fans have on the entire football club. “We have the steps and the journey of all our members and fans,” he said.'
I'm also sure he had the best of intentions and wasn't depicting steps &/or directional arrows downward!
With the Essendon jumper, it is actually the home/black jumper with aboriginal patterns that is being own, not the clash/red jumper. Let me explain:
1. There is not black outline/gradient around the sash,
2. The trampstamp sits on the black part of the jumper, thinking the designers gave space for the trampstamp and it wasn't an afterthought,
3. There are shades of red on the jumper, where as there are no shades of black, and are more defined around the red rather than black,
4. Black ring around the AFL logo.
Therefore, this will be the first time Essendon and Richmond will be wearing black v black in sometime.
This makes me want to look at other one-off jumpers around the league to see if we haven't picked up on this.
And Carlton are away to Essendon and Port are away to Hawthorn in the opposite rounds.
Also explains why Essendons jumper is base black, so that it their not forced to wear a red jumper at home to Carlton.