The Premier League is looking good ahead of the 2022/23 season.
No, we’re not talking about player transfers, stadiums, the title race, prospective top four battle or relegation candidates, but rather how the Premier League stars will quite literally be looking in all their new threads.
With the August 5 kick-off date fast approaching, Fulham are the only club who haven’t released at least one of their jerseys for the new season and we’ve already seen plenty of belters hitting the clothes rails.
Judging football kits
However, as we all know, not all football kits are made equal and the increasing interest in sporting fashion means that fans are more opinionated than ever on which strips are pure drip, and which strips are pure s… ahem, excuse us.
In fact, that’s so much the case that supporters have been casting their opinions on jerseys by voting on the fantastic website Football Kit Archive, which, well, does what it says on the tin really.
A fantastic encyclopaedia of jerseys past, present and even future, they have amongst their interactive functions the ability for fans to award each jersey a score from between one star and five.
Over time, the scores are aggregated to give average results from which the best and worst shirts in the eyes of the fans can be listed for the world to see.
Fans vote on the worst Premier League kits
As you can imagine, it’s pretty fun to browse and see which jerseys are loved and hated the most, so we decided to take a fun look through each and every Premier League season.
From there, we discovered which shirt was voted as the worst in England’s top-flight each year in what makes for a historic odyssey of fashion disasters from 1992 all the way to the current batch of leaks and releases.
Interesting, right? We couldn’t agree more, so be sure to check out what the collective opinions of fans consider to be the worst football kit from each Premier League season down below:
1992/93: Coventry City away
We’re flying out of the blocks with one of the worst shirts of the bunch. Wacky 1990s kit designs either ended up looking spectacular or disastrous with Coventry’s alternate strip very much falling into the latter camp.
1993/94: Aston Villa away
A kit that you want to love as a forgotten classic, but deep down you know takes things too far with the classic Muller logo overwhelmed by green, black, red, claret and blue all at once.
1994/95: Chelsea away
A staple of any ‘worst kit of all time’ list with Chelsea reiterating to the world that, no, grey and orange does not work together as a fashion combo.
1995/96: Chelsea away
In fact, it’s so bad that Chelsea wearing it for two seasons meant that it finishes rock bottom for yet another year.
1996/97: Middlesbrough away
Ermm… yeah, sorry, where’s the club badge?!
1997/98: Tottenham Hotspur GK away
Spoiler alert: there are some goalkeeper jerseys coming up that aren’t actually that bad. However, this ridiculous orange, yellow, turquoise and navy mash-up from Spurs is simply indefensible.
1998/99: Aston Villa GK
This might just be the first kit on the list where I hold my hands up and admit that, well, I actually quite like it. That’s opinions on football shirts for you.
1999/00: Tottenham Hotspur GK
Another goalie shirt that doesn’t feel too disastrous, though Ian Walker admittedly wouldn’t have felt like the height of fashion whenever he donned this black, orange and navy number.
2000/01: Southampton home
It’s just a pretty standard-looking Southampton home kit, no?
2001/02: Aston Villa GK
Peter Schmeichel must have felt like a right mug returning to the Premier League in this silver and black design where we can’t tell if the patterning is huge drops of water or an attempt at illustrating a six pack.
2002/03: Southampton GK
Clearly a pretty strong year for football kits because this is pretty run of the mill.
2003/04: Southampton third
Did people just have a personal vendetta against Southampton kits at the turn of the century because, again, this isn’t all that egregious to be honest?
2004/05: Charlton Athletic home
Again, pretty bog standard. Moving on…
2005/06: Manchester City third
Oh, and just like that, we’re back to kits that are unequivocally terrible. Stay tuned because there’s an even worse City jersey still to come, but this hasn’t aged well in the slightest.
2006/07: Blackburn Rovers GK
It’s simultaneously a good thing and a bad thing that there aren’t many photos of Brad Friedel looking like a B&M advert in this dodgy kit that couldn’t have been released in any era other than the mid-2000s.
2007/08: Reading GK
Oof. Grey and yellow is not the colour combination we need in our lives right now.
2008/09: Manchester City third
Is this the worst strip on the entire list?! You know what, it just might be because time hasn’t been kind to this garish cocktail of navy, orange and yellow that we completely forgot City ever had the misfortune of wearing.
2009/10: Wolverhampton Wanderers third
It’s not that the kit is terrible per se, but something just looks so weird about Wolves running around in a white and red jersey like they’re, I don’t know, RB Leipzig or Sevilla.
2010/11: Wigan Athletic GK away
People never learn, do they? Stop the grey and bright colour mixtures on goalkeeper kits!
2011/12: Sunderland GK
A contender for the best jersey on the list, to be honest, because the fact that Simon Mignolet’s threads from this season finished rock bottom suggests the kits must have been pretty awesome that year.
2012/13: Aston Villa away
An awful kit, no doubt, but how Liverpool‘s infamous Warrior third strip with tribal tattoos on the shoulders hasn’t taken the wooden spoon is beyond us.
2013/14: Liverpool GK away
A truly miserable year for Liverpool jerseys with each and every design peppered with about a million texturing elements, but it’s the goalkeeper jersey that has sunk to the very bottom clearly.
2014/15: Southampton GK third.
Stop. The. Grey. And. Bright. Colour. Combinations. On. Goalkeeper. Jerseys. Please.
2015/16: Arsenal GK third
A very, very lucky escape for the much worse Norwich third kit of the same season, in my humble opinion.
2016/17: Hull City third
Sheesh; that shade of purple was never going to look good with the Hull badge. The only saving grace is that the lack of kit clashes the Tigers end up with means they didn’t have to wear it very often.
2017/18: Huddersfield Town third
Yup, absolutely grim.
2018/19: Leicester City GK third
It’s not the worst, but it’s by no means the best with white, grey and a swamp-like shade of green making for a pretty stale colour combination.
2019/20: Southampton away
They say ‘red and green should never be seen’, but we prefer ‘yellow and grey is never the way’.
2020/21: West Bromwich Albion third
Simply one of the worst kits in Premier League history. This spaghetti-in-a-tin monstrosity was also joined by a green and yellow iteration for the away kit that was just as off-putting, too.
2021/22: Manchester City GK fourth
Did anybody like these badge-less Puma designs?
2022/23: Tottenham Hotspur away
Call me crazy, but I’m actually a fan of this maverick Nike design. Nevertheless, it’s easy to see why the training-top-like template with bright purple and neon green has rubbed supporters up the wrong way.
Which kit is the worst?
So, there you have it, the worst Premier League kit from each season according to the fans with everything from unadulterated stinkers to actually pretty solid designs all coming out in the wash.
However, like we say, the business of ranking and rating football shirts is ultimately about as subjective as it comes, so be sure to let us know your personal thoughts on the Premier League’s worst ever jerseys across our various social channels.
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