Greatest Kits of the Premier League Era

Craig Hutchinson@@CragHutchinsonContributor IIIOctober 28, 2013

Greatest Kits of the Premier League Era

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    Before this Premier League season, and the 21 seasons previous, one of the things fans always look forward to is the release of their team's new uniforms.

    Over the 22 seasons, there have been some pretty horrific kits along the way, but also some great ones.

    Obviously, this is purely opinion based, I'm sure there are favorites of yours that didn't make the cut. There may even be some in this list you think are some of the worst, but the best thing about sports is a good debate, so you're welcome to leave your thoughts.

    Here's my countdown of the top 10 greatest Premier League kits...

Honorable Mention: Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal 1992-93

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    Kits that made history in more ways than one.

    Prior to 1993, no team had made it to the FA Cup and League Cup finals in the same season.

    Then two teams did it at once.

    More history was made in the FA Cup final when the players had squad numbers and names on their shirts for the first time in English football. Something that was established into the Premier League the following season.

10. Chelsea Away Kit 1994-96

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    Somewhat controversial.

    A lot of people hated this kit and thought it was disgusting.

    I'm not one of those people.

    The striking orange compliments the grey patterns in a way that make this one of the most strikingβ€”and memorablekits in league history.

9. Nottingham Forest 1992-94

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    Umbro added pinstripes to Forest's traditional red shirt for the inaugural Premier League season in 1992 and made a classic looking kit.

    The kit was also memorable for the fact that it was also Brian Clough's final season in charge of the club, a season which ended in relegation.

8. Tottenham Hotspur 2012/13

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    Under Armor has been involved with American football since the brand's inception, but it made its first step into a major association football team with Tottenham and produced a very smart looking kit for the 2012/13 season.

    It isn't always easy getting all white right. Under Armor managed it!

7. Manchester City 1993-95

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    Manchester City's Cambridge blue kits have always looked very smart, so picking one over the other was tough.

    1994's were no exception, complimented by a good looking pinstriped away shirt and a couple of famous fans to model them

6. Wimbledon 1994/95

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    Not sure what I liked more about this Wimbledon kit:

    The striking contrast between the dark blue shirts and yellow trim, or the fact that they didn't have a kit supplier and had 'The Crazy Gang' sewn into their shirts instead.

5. Leeds United 1995/96

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    Asics could not have simplified this Leeds kit any further.

    No patterns, no trims, simple round neck collar, not even the Leeds logo; just L.U.F.C. written over the heart.

    The 1995 Leeds kits were as simple and classy as kits come.

    Even if the words "Leeds" and "classy" are juxtaposed in a sentence together.

4. Liverpool 2012/13

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    Warrior were a fairly unknown footballing brand when they signed a contract to be Liverpool's official kit supplier, and in their first season producing their uniforms, they went back to basics.

    No flash, no trim, no patterns. Just straight red, a traditional collar and even reverting to a more traditional badge. Simple and classy.

    The less said about Liverpool's current Warrior away jerseys the better, though.

3. Manchester United 3rd Kit 1992/94

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    I get that some people believe that these two colors have no business going together on a shirt, but as a nod to United's history as Newton Heath, their third kit in 92-94 went back to their original colors.

    Polarizing? Yes. One of the most memorable kits in the Premier League? Undoubtedly.

2. Arsenal 2005/06

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    In the 2005/06 season, Arsenal were saying goodbye to their long-time home, Highbury.

    One of the ways they did this was to revert their uniforms to the traditional "redcurrant" colors the team wore when it first moved into Highbury in 1913.

    I'm a sucker for traditional and classy looking kits, and this one managed to do that with a striking color too.

1. Newcastle United 1995-97

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    In 1995, Newcastle were one of the most enjoyable teams to watch in the Premier League under attack-minded manager Kevin Keegan. They were even more enjoyable to watch in these two kits.

    They were similarly designed with the "grandad" collar, the written Adidas logo and three stripes down the sleeves. The traditional black and white stripes of the home shirt looked as bold as ever, while the blue and maroon hoops of the away with the cream shorts looked retro in a great way; everything about this kit screamed smart and classy.

    The Magpies were blessed with a lot of smart kits over the years, these were not only the smartest they had, but also the smartest kits of any team in the Premier League era.

    Or do you disagree?


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