Top 10 Worst Ever Football Kits
Social media was taken by storm yesterday when Chelsea announced their new home kit for the 2019/2020 season. If we were being kind, we’d say it split the crowd. It was based on the four stands at Stamford Bridge and features a print inspired by architectural features at the ground. And, well, it’s a bit of an eye blinder.
But as much as you think you might hate the Chelsea kit, there have been worse designs over the years – and we’d argue it’s not even the worst ever Chelsea kit! So take a deep breath and think block colours as we delve into the archives to take a look at some of the Worst Ever Football Kits to disgrace The Beautiful Game.
Reggina, 2012 (Home)
As with the Chelsea kit, no matter how disgusting it is, there’s always going to be at least one person who likes it. But there’s no way anyone can appreciate these awful muscle museum monstrosities from Italian club Reggina back in 2012, surely!? We do like the story behind them at least. Specially produced for their ‘Reggio di Calabria’ derby game against sworn enemies Crotone, they were meant to inspire the players to go into battle against their fierce rivals.
Huddersfield Town, 1991/1992 (Away)
Known lovingly as the ‘Electric Hoops’ kit, Huddersfield released this tragedy back in 1991 when they were in the old Third Division and you could get away with such things. But what we can’t get our head around is the club deciding to bring it back as the Third kit for the 2017/2018 season with some sort of ironic sentiment. We’re not saying we’re happy they’ve finally been relegated but…
Australia, 1990 (Home)
Maybe it’s just something about yellow & green which means you’ll always find a Norwich or Australian kit in a ‘worst football kit’ list, but this one from Down Under in 1990 really takes the proverbial crap biscuit. Just no.
Estonia, 1996 (Goalkeeper)
Estonia and the Aztecs go hand in hand, right? WRONG. At least this Estonian goalkeeper kit from 1996 has an interesting story to go with it: It was worn in the now infamous ‘One team in Tallinn’ World Cup Qualifying match against Scotland, which was incredibly abandoned after just three seconds when the Scottish protested about the kick off time and a lack of floodlights. The game had to be rescheduled for a date a year later.
Athletico Bilbao, 2004 (Home)
When the Guggenheim Museum opened in 1997, Bilbao became the home for Spanish arts. Well, 7 years later, Athletico took this a little too far by celebrating their centenary with a kit designed by Basque artist Dario Urzay. Ketchup on a shirt, yes.
Chelsea, 1994 (Away)
Orange and Grey. What could possibly go wrong? EVERYTHING!
Colorado Caribous, 1978 (Home)
Colour palettes and weird patterns dominate our list but this beauty from Colorado Caribous in 1978 is truly something else. Tassels. Beige tassels. The kit only lasted one season and in said season, the team lost 22 of their 30 games. We think we may know why…
England, 1996 (Goalkeeper)
A king among terrible shirts, we’ve actually got a soft spot for this England goalkeeper kit, famed by David Seaman during Euro 96. But really, we know it’s an abomination.
Liverpool, 2013 (Third)
Who remembers this purple, black and white alternative Liverpool kit from 2013? Designers Warrior were new at the time and tried to do things a little differently. They even had the slogan “We come not to play’… well, that was quite obvious by just by looking at this filth.
Hearts, 2016 (Alternative)
One of the more recent additions to our crap kits list comes from North of the border. Hearts alternative kit from 2016 is a homage to the 5th Earl of Rosebery, who was Honorary President of Hearts. The Earl had his racing colours of primrose yellow and pink worn by the Scottish national team on nine occasions between 1881 and 1951, most notably in 1900 when Scotland beat England 4-1. It may have admirable origins but it’s awful nonetheless.
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