It’s difficult to get a home kit wrong, really. Unless you’re Cardiff in 2012 and decide to completely change the colour from what it has been for the best part of forever.
Barring any drastic changes that might interfere with the history of a club, though, it’s not too hard to make a home kit good. Or so you’d think.
With the modernised conventions of a new home strip every season, trying to produce something fresh and appealing while maintaining traditional principles can make for a few forgettable designs here and there.
Sometimes, though, kits become unforgettable, for all the wrong reasons. Unforgettably hideous.
Having gone through and picked out the best home kit ever for the Premier League‘s class of 2021/22, it’s only fair that we pick out their worst efforts, too. Can never be too humble.
So, without further ado, here is each 2021/22 Premier League club’s worst ever home kit.
Arsenal – 2015/16
PUMA’s second year on the job as kit supplier for Arsenal wasn’t a great one. White sleeve going right up to the neck, a strange collar with a gap in the front, and an even weirder button. Oh, we can’t forget the random block of white on the back of the shirt at the bottom, too. Tried too hard.
Aston Villa – 1999/00
Claret and blue is often pretty easy to work with, but Villa’s kit was a serious miss on the turn of the millennium. Unfortunately, they finished FA Cup runners up in a poorly done striped effort, with their usual colours appearing more pale than usual. Very Sunday league.
Brentford – 2012/13
PUMA’s decision to design a template with their logo placed up on the shoulder rather than the chest was odd, but whatever. The real calamity of this kit was the hideous, white back, which had no stripes on. Looked like they were wearing two different shirts in one.
Brighton – 2002/03
A kit that fitted a dismal season where Brighton were relegated, this one was a stinker. Errea placed all of the badges and sponsors down the middle and strangely high up, and finished off the shirt with a collar that looked like a production error.
Burnley – 2015/16
Where do we start with this? The v-neck is always a bad shout, but this one was terrible. Either side of that weird v-neck was the badge and manufacturer logo, placed unusually high up the shirt. That all made space for an obnoxiously large Oak Furnitureland logo in the middle. Back to the drawing board.
Chelsea – 2021/22
A controversial entry, Chelsea‘s worst ever home kit is – at the time of writing – their most recent. Seriously, this is a travesty. The main sponsor is massive and the v-neck is strange, but what makes it horrendous is that cheap design. It looks like a knock-off you’d come across in a random market when on your summer holidays. Will give you a headache after looking at it for a while, too.
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Crystal Palace – 1998/99
Admittedly, this isn’t a ‘bad’ looking shirt, per say. It’s just not at all what Crystal Palace should be playing in for most of a season. If there’s one thing that should always be on a Palace shirt, it’s the red and blue stripes. adidas doing away with them was a major oversight.
Everton – 2012/13
The first of two underwhelming years with Nike as kit supplier, the sportswear giants must’ve thought Everton lacked leaders. To combat this, they added a captain’s armband on either shirt sleeve. Properly strange design philosophy; another one that looks like a counterfeit.
Leeds United – 2013/14
Fair play to Macron for trying to put a modern twist on a difficult home shirt to redo season upon season. Respect the effort. It just didn’t pay off. At all. Putting a big blue stripe down the front of the kit completely undoes Leeds’ clean, white look. A poor shirt from a forgettable era.
Celebrating 125 years of the club, Leicester’s celebratory shirt was fairly underwhelming, in truth. The centre logo looks odd, and the Joma design is painfully basic, with a strange, faux-look v-neck. Looks like a school PE kit.
Oh, the Warrior years. What a time to be alive. While the real crimes were committed in the away and third kit department, home strips weren’t all that great either. 2012/13 saw a weird shade of yellow, and a collar that made it look like the kit man had butchered Liverpool‘s shirts in the drier.
Manchester City – 2008/09
While there is a lot of love for Le Coq Sportif in general, this one hasn’t aged well on the eye. City’s 2008/09 offering looked more like a rugby shirt than a football shirt, especially with such a strange fit. Considering the classy home shirts Umbro produced the following season, it wasn’t the strongest effort.
Manchester United – 2018/19
Too much black. Far too much black. adidas’ decision to gradient very poorly from red to black on a Manchester United shirt was just odd. What’s worse, they paired it up with black shorts and red socks as standard. An absolute abomination from head to toe. Easily United’s worst home shirt.
Newcastle United – 2014/15
Ah, the John Carver days. Summarised by that horrific Wonga sponsor in an obnoxious blue that sat directly below a random patch of black on the chest, this kit was a mess. The sleeves on the ‘short sleeve’ version of the kit also looked uncomfortably long. Very poor effort.
Norwich – 2015/16
Half and half shirts can either look the bee’s knees or, well, like this. Norwich’s half and half shirt for the 2015/16 went down like a lead balloon with fans, and understandably so. Seriously, what on earth is that giant yellow square around the sponsor, and why does it cut into the green like that? Wouldn’t even see that at Sunday league level.
Southampton – 2019/20
For all of the solid and rather creative efforts Under Armour have produced for Southampton, their 2019/20 iteration of the home shirt didn’t quite land. Weird stripes, a properly random black chest, an even more random button, and a horrific looking sponsor. Looks like three shirts crammed into one.
Tottenham – 2005/06
Kappa is a polarising brand, and their tight-fit shirts divided opinion. Tottenham’s 2005 effort looked ridiculous. The dark sleeves against the white and all of the strange stitching makes the kit resemble a cheap thermal, while the red Thomson sponsor sticks out like a sore thumb.
Watford – 2020/21
Of all the kits you could win promotion back to the Premier League in, this was not the one, Watford. Where do you even start? The design on the front just looks like your youngest has found a black marker and taken to your new shirt with it, and the ‘black’ sleeves look like they’ve faded in the wash.
West Ham – 2008/09
Umbro’s template was questionable for the Hammers this season, with the club crest and logo placed awkwardly high up. However, what made it worse was West Ham‘s decision to do a patch-up job when their main sponsor went bust, printing shirt numbers onto the front on a horrific white background. What an eyesore.
Wolves – 1992/94
Wolves were up into the First Division – the second tier of English football – by 1992, but by the look of their home shirt, you’d have been convinced all their players worked at a car garage part time. Their traditional orange was tinged with very sporadic brushstrokes of black, as if someone had been hired to do burnouts on their home shirt.