Ranked! The 20 best Premier League kits of the '90s
5. Coventry, away (1996/97)
Why don’t more people do chessboard kits? Everyone loves Croatia’s, they’re a bit different and stand out, plus they look absolutely sensational. The Coventry away kit everyone remembers is that brown one from the ’80s, but this one is better and has the benefit of not making every player look like they’ve violently soiled themselves.
4. Liverpool, home (1992/93)
The ’90s was, of course, the era of the baggy kit, when manufacturers cut loose with the longer shorts and, giddy with the possibilities opened up by using extra material, started producing shirts that looked like each player was wearing their older brother’s togs. This effort did have a billowy element, and signalled the early years of Liverpool being a bit rubbish, but the clean lines and adidas stripes are a sight to behold.
3. Manchester United, away (1992-94)
Football and advertising started to get themselves together properly in the ’90s: that may or may not be a good thing, but the campaign Umbro ran to go with their Newton Heath-inspired half-and-half yellow and green strip was certainly memorable. Look at how proud Mark Hughes and Gary Pallister are with their moustaches!
2. Arsenal away (1992/93)
Did you really watch football in the ’90s if your dad didn’t say at some point: “That Arsenal kit looks like cat sick!”? Well, your dad was wrong: this was a belter, perhaps looking a little more like television interference than is ideal, but providing an iconic adidas pattern that lives on today in hipster corners of east London.
1. West Ham, away (1993-95)
Retro kit designs can be a bit hit and miss: a pleasing nod to the past, or a lazy neglect of ideas? Could be both, but sometimes they come up lovely, like this one by West Ham, based on their away kits of the 1960s. Sure, Ian Bishop, Trevor Morley and Tim Breacker weren’t quite Hurst, Peters and Moore, but a kit design can only do so much. Still… what a kit design.