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Ranked! The 20 best Premier League kits of the '90s

The decade that saves football is celebrated in FourFourTwo magazine this month, but what about the kits it inspired? Nick Miller eyes the finest styles

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20. Nottingham Forest, home (1992/93)

This kit should bring back bad memories for Forest fans: relegation, the final year of Brian Clough, Robert Rosario wearing it. But the design is so pleasing that all of it almost disappears. The elegant pinstripes offset the presence of the weak Canadian lager advertised over it.

19. Wimbledon, home/away (1992/93)

This sort of makes it in on a technicality, because it purely qualifies on the basis that Wimbledon didn’t carry a sponsor on their shirt that season. This isn’t a comment on the corporate greed of modern football, more one on clean kit designs: football shirts always, always, always look better without a sponsor.

18. Derby, away (1999/2000)

Derby’s Premier League-era kits are, almost without exception, terrible. Maybe it’s because they were often made by Puma, who didn’t really hit their stride until that run of shirts in the early/mid-2000s which basically went see-through whenever anyone sweated in them. This one, however, is rather tidy. An always-winning combo of blue and yellow, nice and clean, plus Georgi Kinkladze wore it. What’s not to like?

17. Aston Villa, away (1994/95)

This one gets in perhaps not because it’s an especially nice kit, but because it’s so quintessentially ’90s. It looks just like a collarless shirt you could imagine Lee Sharpe or Ryan Giggs putting on to go down the disco circa 1993. Green, black, thick lines – it’s horrible really, but if ever an item of sportswear summed up a decade…

16. Manchester City away (1993/94)

The high point to City’s away kits was their black and red checked number circa 1987 (look at this piping!) but they never quite nailed the retro away jersey in the ’90s. This one though, while admittedly looking a little like something you’d find in the River Island sale, is a pleasing combination of simple (straight up and down pinstripes) and unusual (who has a purple kit?), which makes it as memorable as their team back then wasn’t.

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