Ranked! The 20 best Premier League shirts EVER
6. Arsenal, 2005/06 (home)
An opinion-divider (some felt Arsenal should always wear a proper red), the ‘currant’ kit was brought in for sentimental reasons: the Gunners were leaving Highbury and decided to replicate the colour they’d worn in 1913, the year they moved in. Wrong or not, its enticing Beaujolais hue looked magnifique on Thierry and company.
5. Manchester United, 1994/95 (home)
The successor to United’s odd lace-up white-collar effort – a shirt they won their first two Premier Leagues in, but could make Steve Bruce look like he was prancing round in a medieval ruff. The black V-neck was much cooler: it was the definitive garment for Cantona’s iconic collar-popping – and Umbro’s designers also somehow embedded a picture of Old Trafford into the shirt, too. Cosmic.
4. Blackburn Rovers, 1994/95 (home)
It’s hard to get a Blackburn kit wrong: simple blue and white halves always look terrific, and the year they won the Premier League title also coincided with one of their most beautiful shirts, a classic effort that somehow even a McEwan’s logo couldn’t spoil.
3. Chelsea, 2001-03 (home)
Chelsea’s suppliers have never had trouble making great-looking kits: white on royal blue is always cracking. But this one was deeply simple in the best possible way, with a clean design and the marvellous old Chelsea lion badge – which all big cat enthusiasts agree should never have been changed.
2. West Brom, 2015 (1968 replica)
People view the '60s through rose-tinted spectacles: yes, they had The Beatles and 1966 English glory and a man going to the moon – but people generally only took a bath once a week and there was no wifi. Nevertheless, football shirts were unquestionably better back then, largely because they weren’t plastered with the logos of dignity-stripping official noodle partners or betting conglomerates.
Thus, the one-off 2015 recreation of West Brom’s ’68 FA Cup Final shirt, produced for their ‘Jeff Astle Day’ fixture with Leicester, was one of the finest shirts ever worn during a Premier League game.
1. Newcastle, 1995-97 (home)
Come on. Probably the greatest shirt of the Premier League era, and certainly the most Geordie item of clothing ever: with a Newkie Brown label plastered over the top of the magpie stripes, it’s an adidas masterpiece that can perhaps provide a little solace for fans who still rue the fact they didn’t win the league while wearing it.
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