Chelsea top again – though this time it’s for their fashion faux pas

It’s fair to say that we don’t often find ourselves wondering why there aren’t any more grey and orange football kits about these days, and according to our latest poll there is a good reason for that.

Chelsea’s away kit between 1994 and 1996, marketed as being “graphite and tangerine” (who were they kidding?), has been voted by Ladbrokes News readers as the worst in the Premier League off all time.


It takes something special to stand out in the mid-90s when questionable kits strips were rife but the Blues’ effort topped our survey with a comprehensive 46 per cent of the vote.

The kit, while looking dreadful, didn’t bring the club the best of luck on the road, winning just 10 of 38 away games in the two seasons that it was used. Considering they picked up seven in the following campaign that’s pretty poor.

Then throw in the fact that since getting rid of the monstrosity, they have never finished as low as the 11th they stumbled to in the kit’s time, and it looks a good idea to have got rid.

Chasing Chelsea in second were Newcastle with 25 of your picks.

Their baggy off-centre affair continued the Premier League’s form of ropey away kits in 1997-98.

Like the Chelsea kit, it seemed to correspond with a downturn in fortunes for the Toon, dropping to 13th after finishing the previous two campaigns in second.

Fergie claimed that Manchester United’s grey kit of 1995-96 made it difficult for his players to pick each other in an excuse that even for football managers seems a bit farfetched.

Still, with his side trailing 3-0 at half-time Sir Alex had to blame something.

Nevertheless, the kit voted the sides’ worst ever only managed third in our poll brining in 17 per cent of votes.

Bringing up the rear were two yellow numbers that potentially show that we have been a little harsh to include in our poll.

With a similar shoulder/arm design ‘complementing’ a yellow body Nottingham Forest’s 95-96 number and Blackburn’s shirt from the following year picked up seven and five per cent of the votes respectively.

So all in all, nothing out of the ordinary to see here, Chelsea top the table, although this time for the wrong reasons.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.