The ten most iconic Premier League home shirts - featuring Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool and Man Utd classics
There have been some truly memorable home kits over the last three decades - and here are ten of the best!
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This season marks the 30th anniversary of the Premier League and there have been a whole host of wonderful memories created during that time.
Whether it was Sir Alex Ferguson battling it out with the likes of Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Rafa Benitez or stars like Eric Cantona, Gianfranco Zola and Sergio Aguero becoming firm fan favourites at some of the biggest clubs in the land.
And players across the league have often looked the part too, wearing some kits that have become as iconic as the memories they created - so we here at 3AddedMinutes thought we should have a look at ten of the best!
1. Newcastle United (1995-97)
There was a lot to love about this kit. The grandad neck collar, the iconic three stripes on the sleeve, the instantly recognisable sponsors logo and the memories of one of the greatest near-misses in Premier League history. Newcastle United’s ‘Entertainers’ side of the mid-1990s may not have lifted any silverware, but they did look the part in what could be seen as one of the greatest collections of home, away and goalkeeper kits in history.
2. Arsenal (2005/06)
Possibly an emotional pick, or maybe just because it stood out as something a little bit different for Arsenal. This ‘redcurrant’ kit was released to mark the final season at Highbury as the Gunners brought down the curtain on their spiritual home by returning to the colours they wore when the stadium was opened in 1913.
3. Manchester United (1992-94)
A kit worn by the first ever Premier League champions and it continued to be worn as they successfully defended their title 12 months later. The collar to this Umbro effort was everything for Red Devils supporters and not just for Eric Cantona’s perference to pull it up. The laces add to a classic feel and there is no doubt it will go down in history as the shirt worn when the club ended their long wait for a top-flight title.
4. West Ham United (1999-2001)
There were a number of West Ham shirts that could have made this list but this one just edges it for us. Perhaps it’s the feeling of nostalgia or an admiration for the skills of Paolo Di Canio, Joe Cole et al, but this it just a fine effort for a home shirt in their instantly recognisable colours.
5. Manchester City (1993-95)
Of course, given their success of the last 13 years, it may be a surprise that a more modern City shirt has not made it into this list, but look at this effort from when they were more of a Premier League also-ran rather than a powerhouse. Umbro put together a lot of Premier League kits in those early years and this one was among the very best.
6. Chelsea (2005/06)
This just brings memories of prime Mourinho as the Chelsea became a true superpower in the Premier League and around Europe. The Blues had some eye-catching home kits during that time but this one with a gold trim just sticks out in our mind.
7. Leeds United (1995/96)
There probably wasn’t a child of school age that didn’t hit a volley in the playground without screaming ‘Yebbbboooaaaahhhh’ in the mid-1990s. The Leeds United striker wrote his name all over the Premier League during that time with some stunning strikes and he did it wearing a neat effort of a kit from Asics.
8. Blackburn Rovers (1994-96)
Another shirt that will stand out for supporters of the club that wore it as Blackburn Rovers finally lived out Jack Walker’s dream and landed the Premier League title. Their success may have been relatively short-lived but seeing the likes of Alan Shearer, Chris Sutton, Graeme Le Saux and Tim Sherwood in this shirt will always bring back some warm feelings.
9. Liverpool (2006-08)
There was always a temptation to go for one of the Liverpool shirts worn by the likes of Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman during the early years of the Premier League. But seeing Rafa Benitez’s Reds in their pomp in this effort could not be ignored. A truly impressive kit for a team full of power and pace.
10. Norwich City (1992-94)
It seems strange to think there was once a time when Norwich were one of the most exciting teams in the Premier League, rather than the yo-yo club they have become in recent years. The names of Ruel Fox, Jeremy Goss and Mark Bowen helped the Canaries challenge at the top end of the table and notch a famous win against Bayern Munich wearing this unique kit.