Manchester City’s potential third kit for the upcoming 2015/16 season has been released, and it’s all kinds of awful. Here we look at some of the worst kits ever to have been worn throughout the Premier League years. There are some truly gruesome efforts!
Manchester United famously wore this kit during the 1995/96 season. It first appeared at The Den against Southampton. Manchester United went in at half time 3-0 down, claiming that the reason they were playing so badly was because they couldn’t see each other in this grey ensemble. They changed into an equally as bad blue striped kit for the second half. It didn’t make a difference as they lost the game 3-1. The kit was subsequently dropped and never worn again.
Norwich City kept this particular kit for three seasons. Believe it or not, back then the Canaries were positioned closer to the top of the table.
1991/92 season was a successful one for Arsenal, winning the league cup and FA cup double. If the plan was to scare the opposition away through their kit, then it certainly worked!
As far as bad kits go, Aston Villa are well up there with this green, red and black striped shirt. This was their away kit in 1993. The Muller sponsor really didn’t help things either. They too also found themselves near the top of the table at the time this kit was worn.
Hull City were newcomers to the Premier League in the 1991/92 season and took their club’s nickname “The Tigers” a little too seriously. They also failed to make an impact as they began to tumble down the leagues all the way to the old Divison 3.
Chelsea traditionally wear a yellow change kit, but this 2007/08 version of electric yellow wasn’t their best idea! It is quite similar to the rumoured Manchester City kit. They didn’t learn from the extraordinary design, and produced this lime green effort for the 2010/11 season.
It seems that grey was in during the 1995/96 season, as Chelsea followed Manchester United in opting for the colour. At least the fluorescent orange shorts and socks will have made it easier for the players to pick each other out.
For the 2010/11 season, Fulham sported this Harrods green and gold away kit. It was designed to pay tribute to the club owner Mohamed Al Fayed and commemorated their 10th consecutive season in the Premier League.
Everton attempted to match the likes of Palermo and Juventus with this bright pink away strip for the 2010/11 season. They did have the option to wear matching shorts and socks, but thankfully spared some blushes with dark blue bottoms instead.
Both of Liverpool’s away kits for the 2013/14 season were both questionable choices. Again maybe the odd patterns worked in their favour, as they achieved their best Premier League finish. They were in poll position to win the trophy for the first time, but thanks to a Steven Gerrard slip and a capitulation against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Manchester City instead lifted the trophy.
Manchester United were last working with Adidas in 1990-92 and this was one of their last designs with the club. Hopefully their renewed relationship this year will result in some better looking kits.
Here’s an honourable mention for Cardiff City’s red kit. Owner Vincent Tan decided to change the club crest and colour from blue to red. The fans revolted and the colours have since been changed back. Cardiff City failed to make an impact in the Premier League and were relegated at the first attempt.