Best retro Premier League kits 2022: Classic football shirts you need to buy

Best retro Premier League kits 2022: Classic football shirts you need to buy
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Want to find the best retro Premier League kits? You've come to the right place – whether they were made by Nike, Adidas, Puma or someone else.

Retro shirts are often the best football shirts you can buy. With both Premier League sides and European giants releasing fresh threads every season – it won't be long before the World Cup shirts are all revealed, either – sometimes the best bet is to delve into the archives of your team for something new.

Here's our pick of the best retro shirts available right now, featuring many of the best Premier League tops of all time…

Best retro Premier League kits and classic football shirts

Arsenal: classic shirts and retro kits

Arsenal 1970s home shirt

Arsenal retro kit

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These might be the most famous white sleeves in the whole of football. Retro Arsenal shirts are some of the distinctive in the game and as the club won the Double in the 1970s, they established themselves as having a winning look to match.

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Arsenal 1970s away shirt

Arsenal retro kit

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Arsenal originally wore a navy away shirt – but when that clashed too much with the referee's traditional black, the Gunners switched up to yellow. In 1971, they capped this beautiful shade off on a Sunday day at Wembley, winning the FA Cup.

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Arsenal 1993 away shirt

Arsenal retro kit

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Since becoming kit manufacturer for the Gunners again in the 2010s, Adidas have revelled in the 1990s. This particular remake is an update of the away top that Wrighty and co. stormed opposition forces in – and as close as they've ever come to wearing a sash. 

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Arsenal 1991 "Bruised Banana" away shirt

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The loud, proud away shirt that Adidas gave Arsenal fans in the early 1990s has been ranked as one of the best and one of the worst of all time. In time, it's become a must-have for Gunners – and though the last remake of this beauty is completely sold out, you can still find "Bruised banana" tops all over Ebay.

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Arsenal 1985 home shirt

Arsenal retro kit

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To commemorate a century of Arsenal, Umbro's home shirt for 1985/86 was suitably classic with a lovely embellished canon. This, for many, is the ultimate Arsenal home shirt. 

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Arsenal 1982 away shirt

Arsenal retro kit

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Arsenal experimented with a mint top during Unai Emery's sole full season in charge – that aside, this is the only green shirt that the Gunners have ever worn. How can one club have so many stunning shirts?

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Arsenal 1994 away shirt

Arsenal

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Lightning bolts have come to be synonymous with Arsenal. In the 1990s, Nike brought the image to many a Gunners top – and this might be the best one. If you're lucky, you can find it online, still. 

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Arsenal 2001 away shirt

Arsenal

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The Gunners went for gold in 2001, as Arsene Wenger completed his second Double. These tops can still be found on Ebay with Sega as the sponsor or more rarely, O2. 

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Arsenal 2002 away shirt

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The first Arsenal away shirt with the current badge, this thing looked like it had dropped from space when it arrived – Henry and co. played like they were out of this world wearing it. 

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Arsenal 2002 home shirt

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The Invincible shirt. It's a piece of Premier League history and a must-have for every Gooner.

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Arsenal 2003 away shirt

Arsenal

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The brightest, most brilliant yellow top that Arsenal ever wore, inspired by the 1971 Double-winners. That's Thierry Henry mimicking Charlie George's FA Cup-winning celebration, by the way.

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Arsenal 2005 home shirt

Arsenal

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The final salute to Highbury was made in redcurrant – it's a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia and something that every Arsenal fan should own.

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Arsenal 2019 away shirt

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The remodel of the bruised banana is arguably an upgrade. This is a modern classic and one of the best-selling Premier League tops of recent memory.

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Aston Villa: classic shirts and retro kits

Aston Villa 1996 home shirt

Aston Villa Retro shirt

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For fans of a certain age, this is the pinnacle of Aston Villa retro shirts – and that sponsor is just perfect for the club, right? The little lion insignia printed all over the top is a classy touch, as are the gold flourishes.

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Aston Villa 1994 away shirt

Aston Villa Retro shirt

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One of the greatest-ever Premier League sponsors. Red, green and black stripes just shouldn't work – but this shirt is one of the all-time great away jerseys in English football. 

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Aston Villa 1994 home shirt

Aston Villa Retro shirt

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Like the green, black and red? You'll love the home. The thick pinstripes were a staple of the 1990s and the Muller sponsor is one of the finest that Villa have ever had. 

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Aston Villa 1990 home shirt

Aston Villa Retro shirt

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An all-over pattern that recalls a time of Euro 88 and Italia 90, this top is unmistakeable Villa. The collar is very nice indeed and the blue sleeves are wonderful. 

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Aston Villa 1988 home shirt

Aston Villa Retro shirt

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Hummel dished out a few of these kits – most notably one to Southampton and one to the Denmark national side. But the Aston Villa version is one of the nicest in the archives and something completely different to most of the Midlanders' tops. 

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Aston Villa 1982 home shirt

Aston Villa Retro shirt

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Villa wore white when they won the European Cup – a crying shame because the 1982 home shirt is one of the most beautiful you will ever come across. The central badge is iconic, too.

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Bournemouth: classic shirts and retro kits

Bournemouth 2000 home shirt

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(Image credit: Steve Fletcher of AFC Bournemouth in action during the Nationwide League Division Two match against Northampton Town played at the Sixfields Stadium, in Northampton, England. AFC Bournemouth won the match 3-0.)

Retro Bournemouth shirts are fairly rare online. This top from 2000 is a favourite that pops up from time to time but it's worth having a search for some under-the-radar gems that might appear on Ebay.

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Brentford: classic shirts and retro kits

Brentford home shirt 1991

Football League Division 1 - Brentford v West Ham United - Lee Luscombe of Brentford flies through the air

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There aren't that many retro Brentford shirts kicking about on the internet but it's worth checking Ebay every now and then. With some lovely sponsors over the years, occasionally a classic gets listed.

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Brighton & Hove Albion: classic shirts and retro kits

Brighton 1980 home shirt

Brighton

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What a lovely sponsor. Brighton look great in all blue and this is a particularly stunning retro shirt, lovingly reworked by Score Draw. Top marks. 

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Brighton 2001 Centenary home shirt

Brighton

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There's nothing more Brighton than Fatboy Slim – and here his record label is, adorning the Seagulls' shirt. A jersey that every Brighton fan knows and loves, this is another Score Draw masterpiece.

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Chelsea: classic shirts and retro kits

Chelsea 1970 home shirt

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The quintessential classic Chelsea kit, to some. The early 70s crew wore a plain blue shirt with an elegant crest – and it was topped off with an FA Cup win to boot.

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Chelsea 1984 home shirt

Chelsea

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Hoops are part of the Chelsea shirt story and in the mid-1980s, the Blues donned this lovely get-up. You can buy it these days, too. 

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Chelsea 1994 away shirt

Chelsea

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One of the most talked-about retro shirts ever that Nike themselves have referenced in a recent shirt, this grey/orange effort of the mid-90s has become iconic. It's still around in remakes, too…

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Chelsea 1997 home shirt

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Another FA Cup win, another classic Chelsea shirt with white and yellow detailing. This one has the lion badge emblazoned across the body – as all good 90s kits should.

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Chelsea 1998 away shirt

Chelsea

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One of the greatest-ever away kits, not just of Chelsea but anyone. Autoglass took over the Coors sponsor halfway through the shirt's lifecycle.