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This simply highlights to me the old adage that ‘one man’s meat is another man’s murder’.
It wasn’t very often back in the pre-billionaire days of the Premier League that a team came up with away-kit genius. But while some opticians may have done a roaring trade, these range from the wonderfully simplistic to over-exuberant works of art bursting with originality.
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Ahoy there mateys! In 1995, Liverpool atoned for their terrible effort the previous year and came up with this stylish and memorable Bristol Rovers-esque away kit in dark green and white. Top marks for originality anyway.
Aston Villa 1994/95
Continuing our green theme, Aston Villa came up with this intriguing combination of green, red and black in a season which nearly saw them relegated on the last day.
Manchester United 1993/94
The change kit of champions; while everyone else was still messing around with the most vivid and clownish designs imaginable, Manchester United successfully defended their title with this sophisticated black ensemble.
Spurs went for purple as their awayday hue in 1995, and a curious combination with blue established them as pioneers for purple, a colour which would prove a popular choice amongst teams in future years.
Flash forward two years and it was another stroke of genius from The Lilywhites, who went for this eye catching combination of royal blue and cream, with cream shorts to set off a touch of class after the horrors of the mid 80’s to early 90’s.
Never one to be outdone by their neighbours, Arsenal turned on the style in a season which saw them win the title and score in every single game. Pale gold with, not black, but very very very very very very….. very very VERY dark blue had a mixed reception. But after years of terrible kits, it was about time the manufacturers sorted themselves out.
Probably Everton’s best ever away kit in the Premiership, and puts to utter shame some of the other sight trying efforts. This bright amber shirt was something of a throwback to halcyon days of success, but unfortunately, they chose the 2003/04 campaign to be at their most toothless, this shirt witnessing only one win, 2-1 at Portsmouth en route to their lowest ever points tally of 39.
Blackburn 1999/00 (3rd Kit)
An absolutely fantastic kit; Blackburn didn’t let a shock relegation in 1999 stop them from producing some stylish wears as they got to grips with the likes of Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale. The shirt was essentially two-tone, appearing purple under the floodlights.
Most fans are completely disgusted with this one, but grey kits can work, and whichever idiot savant mixed it with orange swatches made perhaps the most interesting away kit ever designed.
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