Rewind: That ‘Marmite’ Chelsea Away Kit 25 Years Ago

As we eagerly await the official release of the new Chelsea away and third kits for the coming season I thought it was a perfect opportunity to revisit a classic away kit from 25 years ago that certainly divided opinion.

It was the summer of 1994 when Chelsea released their new away kit. Back then official kits lasted for two seasons. Orange and grey? Tangerine and graphite? Who knows!

Picture via the official Chelsea FC match day programme

It was the first season with new sponsors ‘Coors’ and was very much described as a ‘marmite’ kit. You really did love it or hate it! Sales for the shirt were however very high. The previous season (1993/94) Chelsea released three kits and it was thought that with the release of an orange and grey one there wouldn’t be any kit clashes and a third one wouldn’t be necessary. They weren’t wrong!

Picture via The Sun Newspaper

During the 1994/95 season the away kit will be mostly remembered for a European night at Stamford Bridge. A 2-0 (2-1 on agg) victory over Club 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!

Picture via the official Chelsea FC match day programme

The late great Matthew Harding was also seen wearing the controversial away kit on occasion.

Picture via chelseafc.com

I interviewed ex Chelsea player Gavin Peacock for the Chelsea Echo in April and I mentioned the kit to him;

Me: “What did you make of that orange and grey or tangerine and graphite away kit?”

Gavin: “laughs”

Me: “You had to wear it?”

Gavin: “I think there’s a sticker of me doing an overhead kick in that kit. I’m not sure it was the best for a football kit but we all certainly remember it!”

Picture via premierleaguefootballcards.com

As I said previously the kit was used for two seasons and many fans will remember it for it’s second season and look back fondly on the signings of Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes in the summer of 1995. It was also a time where Chelsea were moving into a more successful era. Wins at QPR and Wimbledon come to mind during another impressive F.A Cup run.

Picture via bbc.co.uk

Chelsea have re released a number of their 80’s and 90’s kits as part of the score draw retro collection. It would be interesting if this ever got a re release! One thing is for sure if you’d like to purchase the original shirt second hand in an adult size you’d be looking to pay anything between £100 – £120!

I personally loved it and would definitely buy a re release but I don’t think I’ll be forking out for an original! It’s just a shame mine doesn’t fit me anymore!

Written By Chris Wright

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