6 of the Coolest Newcastle United Kits of All Time

Dan SheridanContributor IAugust 21, 2013

6 of the Coolest Newcastle United Kits of All Time

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    Few shirts in European football are as recognisable as the black and white stripes of Newcastle United and they have been sporting the iconic kit since switching to their famous colours in 1894.

    Over the years, the Magpies have changed manufacturers on numerous occasions, and like most English sides, they've altered their kit on a regular basis since the formation of the Premier League.

    Each fan has their favourite, and some of the club's most famous names have become synonymous with certain shirts.

    Here is a look at just six kits that have made their mark and gone on to become symbolic throughout the Toon's 121-year history.

Home Kit 1995-97

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    At the height of their powers, the aptly nicknamed Entertainers of Newcastle almost landed English football's ultimate prize in 1996, but fell short in their quest to win the Premier League title.

    They eventually came in second to Manchester United.

    Kevin Keegan's squad included some of the best players ever to pull on the black and white kit, including David Ginola, Peter Beardsley and Les Ferdinand. The Grandad-collared Adidas shirt of that era became forever associated with that revered period.

Away Kit 1995-96

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    Alongside the popular 1995-96 home shirt, Adidas came up with this eye-catching away kit featuring their sponsor's famous Newcastle Brown Ale logo.

    At the time, the claret and blue top became almost as popular as its black and white counterpart. It remains a favourite to this day amongst the club's supporters.

Home Kit 2001-03

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    By 2001, Sir Bobby Robson was working his magic at St. James' Park. To complement players such as Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy, Adidas came up with this striking "three stripes" shirt.

    The kit was worn by the club domestically and in the Champions League, serving as a reminder of some memorable European nights for the Magpies both at home and abroad.

Home Kit 1983-85

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    Newcastle had been in the second-division doldrums in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but the arrival of Kevin Keegan in 1982 changed all of that. The club were promptly promoted to the top flight two years later.

    Their kit at that time, manufactured by Umbro, proudly displayed the blue star of sponsors Scottish and Newcastle Breweries. It became a regular sight on the St. James' Park terraces.  

Home Kit 1969

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    Long before the era of shirt sponsors and manufacturer's logos, football shirts were simple affairs and Newcastle United's 1969 home kit bears all the hallmarks of a classic.

    Worn by the club as they won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969 (now the Europa League), the round-necked shirt is a reminder of the last major trophy picked up by the Magpies and famous players such as Bobby Moncur and Wyn Davies.

Away Kit 2001-02

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    There are dozens of away kits to choose from since they became a regular occurrence in the 1970s, but this one from the 2001-02 season stands out as one of the classiest in Newcastle's history.

    An uncomplicated, all-blue affair, the shirt was worn by the likes of Nolberto Solano, Laurent Robert and Gary Speed. It was donned at the Stadium of Light in February of that campaign as United defeated local rivals Sunderland thanks to a Nikos Dabizas goal.