Top 10 Favourite Away Kits In Premier League History
By Chris Wright
As promised, hot on the heels of our Top XI Favourite Premier League Home Kits, comes its companion piece: Pies’ rundown of our ten – yes, we counted properly this time – favourite away kits to have graced the English top flight since 1992/93.
LET’S DO THIS…
10. Tottenham, 1994/95: Here we see the lovely Miss Martina Navratilova modeling Spurs’ fantastic purple kit from 1994. What a glorious sight to behold.
9. Chelsea, 1994/96: You never thought you’d find yourself sympathising with Dennis Wise, did you? Sometimes you’ve just got to hold your hands up and say “That’s f**king terrible in every way Umbro, but I admire the strength of your conviction”.
8. Derby County, 2007/08: Sleek, razor sharp and with an air of ninja-like stealth about it. Therefore it had absolutely nothing in common with Derby’s 07/08 vintage, who set and still hold the record for the lowest points total ever accrued (11) since the introduction of the “3 points for a win” rule and equaled Loughborough’s 108-year-old record for going the length of a season and managing just one victory (against Newcastle, if you were wondering).
7. Newcastle United, 1996/97: A spiffing kit from back when, for some unbeknownst reason, Adidas thought the incredibly overstated V-neck was king. Bet that thing chaffed like a motherhumper.
6. Arsenal, 1995/96: The Gunners’ “blue lightning” kit regularly crops up on both “Best of…” and “Worst of…” lists when it comes to this kind of thing, but we happen to think it’s a beautiful example of the mid-90s “kitchen sink” kit design rationale actually working for once. We also conveniently choose to forget that it was very much a like-for-like rehash of the previous season’s change strip too.
5. Everton, 2012/13: As you’ve probably garnered by now, we’re stone cold suckers for plain black kits and Everton’s change strip last year was no exception. The big yellow features also gave it a bit of pizzazz.
4. Man City, 2009/2010: Technically, we think this may have been City’s third strip for that season (the away kit was black/dark blue with yellow flecks on the shoulders?), but it’s too bloody lovely to not include. Definitely one of our favourite kits of recent years. You just can’t beat a bit of sexy sash action!
3. Liverpool, 1995/96: You like quadrants? Oh, we got quadrants buddy boy! If memory serves, the particular shade of green used on Liverpool’s kit was “industrial petrol spillage”.
2. Blackburn Rovers, 1996/97: It’s a shame we couldn’t root out a better picture of this particular Rovers strip as it really was a ray of sunshine in a bleak, bleak world. Clashed with Colin Hendry’s proud mane of albino lion hair something fierce.
1. Nottingham Forest, 1993/95: Just look at it; so blue and turquoise-y and luscious. Mmmm mmmm. So it’s another Forest kit at No.1? So bloody what? It’s my list and I’ll do what I want!
Agree/disagree? Feel free to share your personal favourite Premier League away kits with us…