Chelsea have had a few kits over the years that have divided opinion. No more so than the 1994/1996 away kit that we wore for two seasons.
Orange & Grey? Tangerine & Graphite? Orange & Granite? Who knows!
Picture via bbc.co.uk
So Chelsea unveiled the kit in the summer of 1994 with our new sponsor ‘COORS’ across the front and many described it as a ‘marmite’ kit. You really did love it or hate it! Sales however were reported as being very good.
Chelsea FC team photo 1995/96 via chelseafc.com
So according to the newspaper article below the club were trying to save us fans money so the club didn’t have to release a third kit! Let’s be honest if they didn’t want the away kit to clash with any other team I’d say Umbro did a pretty good job!
Picture via The Sun Newspaper
During the summer of 1995 Glenn Hoddle signed Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes and I can’t help but think sales increased when we saw the two stars wearing the shirt during some early pre season friendlies.
Pictures via theculturetrip.com & sportskeeda.com
Personally I think this shirt isn’t only remembered for Ruud Gullit and his dreadlocks but a big European night at Stamford Bridge in March 1995. A 2-0 (2-1 on agg) victory over Brugge meant Chelsea progressed to the Semi Final of the European Cup Winners Cup. Goals from Mark Stein and Paul Furlong secured the win in front of a packed Stamford Bridge. A time where the home team wore their away kit in the ECWC. Strange I know!
Pictures via dailymail.co.uk
The late great Matthew Harding was also seen wearing the kit on occasion.
Picture via chelseafc.com
I’m sure many fans will have other memories of Chelsea wearing this kit but I always wondered how the players felt wearing it? Did they hate it? Did Ruud love the fact it was orange? One thing we can all agree on that we certainly didn’t go unnoticed when we did wear it!
Chelsea away and third kits haven’t come close to looking like the orange and grey 1994/1996 classic. However, some fans feel the current third kit has a slight resemblance. The obvious being the orange socks. You guys can make up your own mind?
Picture via soccerbox.com
Should the club rerelease it as part of the retro collection? What do you guys think? Did you like the kit? A recent poll I did on twitter showed that yes the fans…..
62% of you said yes you liked the kit and so do I! Just a shame it doesn’t fit anymore!!!!! I’ll either have to wait for a rerelease or pay over the odds online. Either way for me this kit is an absolute iconic Chelsea classic!
Written by Chris Wright