Ranked! The 20 best Premier League kits of the '90s
10. Leeds, away (1999/2000)
This one is difficult to explain why it’s quite so nice. Perhaps it’s the shade of blue. Perhaps it’s the placement of the single stripe across the chest. Perhaps it’s the knowledge that this was a pretty facade to the impending financial crisis at Elland Road. Whatever the reason… it’s just a nice shirt, innit?
9. Coventry, away (1998/99)
This looks like a last-minute job: in the last week of July, 1998, someone at the Le Coq Sportif (by the way: extra points for Le Coq Sportif) factory suddenly sat bolt upright and screamed: “S***! THE COVENTRY AWAY KIT!” then ran around like the McAllisters when they realise they’re late in Home Alone. How else do you explain pairing yellow with purple and a dash of red? But, perhaps through sheer luck, perhaps because they’re Le Coq Sportif, somehow it works.
8. Aston Villa, away (1992/93)
Umbro were absolute sods for a template in the ’90s, two or three teams often looking more or less identical but with changed colours. This was one of the better ones, though, clean and white with blocks of colour on each arm that looked a bit like Tetris pieces. Not quite as good as their Hummel outfits of the late ’80s, but splendid anyway.
7. Sheffield United away (1992/93)
Speaking of those Umbro templates, here’s one that did the rounds of the Premier League in the early ’90s, but the colours on this Sheffield United top – bright yellow, red and black trim – really made it pop. This, and an even brighter yellow one a couple of years earlier, meant Blades away ends often looked like congregations of match day stewards.
6. Newcastle, away (1995/96)
Question: which is the only sponsor’s logo to actively enhance a shirt? Answer: Newcastle Brown Ale. This would be a pretty sweet kit anyway, employing the underused hoops formation, paired with a tasteful dark blue and maroon colour scheme, along with that collar Miles off of This Life always seemed to have on his shirts. Very ’90s.