As we await the release of Chelsea’s away and third kits for the upcoming 2019/20 season I thought it would be a good time to look back on some classic change strips from an era I’m particularly fond of, the 90’s.
During the 90’s Chelsea’s kits were made by Umbro and sponsored by either Commodore (Amiga), Coors and later Autoglass.
Below are the 6 classics I’ll be looking back at.
1990/92 Away Kit:
It’s seems that whenever Chelsea have a tiny bit of red in their home kit part of the fan base usually goes into meltdown! Back in the 80’s and early 90’s watching Chelsea on the road you could often be seeing the team in red or red and white.
A 90’s classic and remains a personal favourite. The shirt prodominantly reminds me of a young Dennis Wise.
1991/93 Third Kit:
I’ve personally always liked a Chelsea yellow away or third kit. I particularly liked the yellow kit from the season just gone. This classic above is quite a rarity and wasn’t worn too often as it was a third kit.
Pictures via gettyimages.com
Dennis Wise scoring an over head kick at QPR and a Graham Stuart solo goal at Sheffield Wednesday come to mind.
1992/94 Away Kit:
This away kit always reminds of Chelsea moving into a great and memorable era. The likes of Glenn Hoddle and Gavin Peacock spring to mind.
Picture via chelseafc.com
Although it looked good the drawstring was irritable. Many fans pulled theirs out and even some of the players would before a game.
1993/94 Third Kit:
This classic third kit was only in use for the 1993/94 season. Remembered for an F.A Cup replay win at Sheffield Wednesday where Chelsea later in the competition progressed to the final.
Maybe more of a ‘marmite’ kit and I’m not sure if many were sold as it wasn’t worn often. It was Chelsea’s last ‘Amiga’ kit before the club changed sponsors to ‘Coors’.
1994/96 Away Kit:
This tangerine and graphite or the orange and grey away kit certainly divides opinion. Chelsea fans literally love it or hate it! I personally loved it. Wins at QPR and Wimbledon come to mind as well as a ECWC win at home to Club Bruges with Mark Stein and Paul Furlong up front.
However, the kit ultimately reminds me of Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes. We were now witnessing the club moving into a successful era.
Away Kit 1996/98:
Chelsea fans have many memories from this classic. We had it for two seasons but in it’s second season our sponsor changed to ‘Autoglass’.
Will be remembered for the likes of Zola, Di Matteo, Wise, LeBoeuf, Vialli, Petrescu etc.
Picture via fourfourtwo.co.uk
The memorable games include a 3-0 win at Highbury against Wimbledon in the F.A Cup Semi Final, a game in the snow against Tromso in ECWC and Mark Hughes scoring a memorable volley against Vicenza in the same competition.
Picture via chelseamegastore.com
As we know the Chelsea megastore have re released many 80’s and 90’s classics recently through Score Draw. None of the six mentioned have been re released yet. In the meantime these original shirts will cost you a small fortune online.
Here’s hoping Nike can produce a classic change kit for the 2019/20 season that can be as iconic as some of these classics.
Here is what has been leaked for the coming season but nothing official has been confirmed yet.
Written By Chris Wright