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My Favourite Kit: Nottingham Forest 1992-1994

By Chris Wright

Alas, I fear that my humble entry in Pies’ ‘favourite kit’ series isn’t going to stir the same kind of emotions within the souls of the public at large that many of the previous nominations have managed to do, being – as it is – an altogether more personally significant choice.

Nottingham Forest home shirt, 1992-1994

I could put this particular strip forward for simply aesthetic reasons. The timeless elegance of the styling means that it’s still a favourite with many-a-Forest fan today – and as for that colour, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the famous Garibaldi rendered quite so richly.

Umbro’s 1992-94 effort is weighted with a lot of historic significance as far as the club goes.

It’s the shirt we wore during our ill-fated outing in the inaugural season of the Premier League, it’s the shirt that Roy Keane sported briefly before moving on to bigger and better things, it’s the shirt in which we won the last ever Zenith Data Systems Cup (an additional domestic competition created after English clubs were banned from Europe following the Heysel disaster) and, of course, it’s the shirt that Forest had on their backs when Brian Clough‘s raging alcoholism finally got the better of him.

At the end of the 1992/93 season, Forest were unceremoniously relegated from the top-flight after sitting on the bottom for the majority of the campaign, and Cloughie – increasingly incapable of cognitive thought – decided that his 18th year at the helm was going to be his last.

Roy Keane and Brian Clough at the City Ground in 1992

Personally speaking, the strip has a little deeper significance – more than just the aforementioned blips on Forest’s fading timeline that it came to oversee. The 1992-94 shirt above is the shirt that was current when, at the age of nine or ten, I first began to feel my supporter’s allegiances indefinitely shifting toward the City Ground.

With no direct and unquestionable club loyalties to inherit from my father, I grew up as somewhat of a ‘stray’ in terms of footballing piety. Like nearly all of my school friends, I had always played the game, but unlike the majority of them, when it came to the professional game I had what can only be described as a passing interest at best (under questioning, I always maintained that I was a devout Forest fan – mainly to avoid any nasty playground repercussions).

However, as the top flight of English football began it’s meteoric rise in popularity – and, as a result, I gradually became more and more exposed to the game on an almost daily basis – I began to feel the pull – the real, tangible, uncoaxed pull that I’d secretly yearned for for so long, and steadily the seed of the Major Oak began to germinate in my psyche.

I’ve been a dedicated ‘Tree’ ever since.

More in the fav kits series (home kit unless otherwise stated):

Tottenham, 1986-87 (third)

Real Madrid, 2002

Arsenal 2002-04

Denmark 1986

Juventus 1995-96 (away)

Man Utd 1994-96

Cameroon 1990

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By Chris on September 17th, 2010 in Championship, Featured, Kits & fashion, Retro. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

9 Responses to “My Favourite Kit: Nottingham Forest 1992-1994”

  1. Luffers says:

    this is definately mine fav shirt too… unfortunately mine was a casualty of a bitter divorce.

    Any ideas where i can get a replacement???

  2. Chris says:

    @Luffers: You could try this site…

    …but it seems that they retail at around the £50 mark, so it depends if you’re willing to go that high.

    Otherwise, Ebay is always a good bet.

  3. ganticus says:

    Probably Labatts for me. Had Skol for years until I grew out of it.

    My wife threw away my beloved Labatts top but I managed to get another in very decent nick from Ebay.

  4. Alan says:

    I love that shirt too, and the one that followed (and the blue/green away kit of the same era!). All three are still regular features for my trips to the City Ground!

  5. mikedamone says:

    nice short shorts Roy…

  6. […] Nott’m Forest, 1992/93: Hardly surprising that your humble scribe’s all-time favourite kit should top the list, even if it does bring about memories of Cloughie’s booze-sozzled […]

  7. Scott says:

    This is a great shirt! – you could try if still looking for it

  8. Casey says:

    The club shop actually re-stocked a replica of the shirt available at around the £25-30 mark, some of them might still be available.

    Don’t know if you’re up to date with news in Notts Chris but Shippo’s is being brewed & sold in the city again; surely that would make a better sponsor than Fawaz’s fridges?

    • Chris says:

      @Casey: Can’t say I actually like the stuff, but the logo painted on the side of the old brewery was a favourite Nottingham landmark of mine as a boy.

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