Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea: The worst kit in every Premier League season as voted by fans

  • Kobe Tong
Tottenham's 2022/23 away kit.

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.

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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.

Villa's 1993/94 away kit.

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.

Chelsea's infamous orange and grey kit.

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.

Chelsea's mid-1990s away kit is widely hated.
6 Aug 1994: Steve Clarke of Chelsea in action during the Makita Tournament match against Napoli at Stamford Bridge in London. \ Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/Allsport

1996/97: Middlesbrough away

Ermm… yeah, sorry, where’s the club badge?!

Middlesbrough's 1996/97 away kit.
28 Sep 1996: Emerson of Middlesbrough in action during the FA Carling Premier League match between Southampton and Middlesbrough at the Dell in Soutahmpton. Southampton went on to win the match by 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt/Allsport

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.

Walker playing for Tottenham.
24 Nov 1997: Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Ian Walker in action during an FA Carling Premiership match against Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane in London. Crystal Palace won the match 1-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster/Allsport

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.

Bosnich on the ball for Aston Villa.
29 Aug 1998: Mark Bosnich of Aston Villa in action during the FA Carling Premiership match against Sheffield Wednesday played at Hillsborough in Sheffield, England. Aston Villa won the game 1-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson /Allsport

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.

Another disliked Tottenham GK kit.
20 Apr 1999: (L to R) Les Ferdinand, Steffen Iversen, Ian Walker, Stephen Carr and Sol Campbell at the launch of the new Adidas Tottenham Hotspur kit at White Hart Lane in London. \ Mandatory Credit: Graham Chadwick /Allsport

2000/01: Southampton home

It’s just a pretty standard-looking Southampton home kit, no?

Southampton's 2000/01 home kit.
30 Dec 2000: Hassan Kachloul of Southampton in action during the FA Carling Premiership match against Derby County played at The Dell, in Southampton, England. Southampton won the match 1-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Craig Prentis /Allsport

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.

Schmeichel playing for Villa.
20 Sep 2001: Peter Schmeichel of Villa dejected after Varteks score their second goal during the Aston Villa v NK Varteks UEFA Cup First round, First leg match at Villa Park, Birmingham. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Ross Kinnaird/ALLSPORT

2002/03: Southampton GK

Clearly a pretty strong year for football kits because this is pretty run of the mill.

Southampton's 2003/03 GK kit.
BIRMINGHAM – APRIL 13: Paul Jones of Southampton during the FA Cup Semi-Final match between Southampton and Watford held on April 13, 2003 at Villa Park, in Birmingham, England. Southampton won the match 2-1. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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?

Southampton playing in yellow and blue.
LONDON – DECEMBER 26: David Prutton of Southampton takes the ball past Lee Clark of Fulham during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Fulham and Southampton held on December 26, 2003 at Loftus Road, in London. Fulham won the match 2-0. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

2004/05: Charlton Athletic home

Again, pretty bog standard. Moving on…

Charlton's 2004/05 home kit.
LONDON – JANUARY 10: Jonatan Johansson of Charlton Athletic running during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Charlton Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 10, 2004 at The Valley in London, England. Charlton Athletic won the match 2-0. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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.

Man City's Barton playing in yellow.
WIGAN, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 26: Joey Barton of Manchester after a missed chance during the Barclays Premiership match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at the JJB Stadium on December 26, 2005 in Wigan, England (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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.

Friedel concedes for Blackburn.
BLACKBURN, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 18: Douglas Rinaldi of Watford scores past Brad Friedel of Blackburn during the Barclays Premiership match between Blackburn Rovers and Watford at Ewood Park on April 18, 2007 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

2007/08: Reading GK

Oof. Grey and yellow is not the colour combination we need in our lives right now.

Reading's 2007/08 GK kit.
LONDON – DECEMBER 29: Marcus Hahnemann of Reading looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Reading at White Hart Lane on December 29, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

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.

Man City's 2008/09 third kit.
WEST BROMWICH, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 21: Shaun Wright-Phillips of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns on December 21, 2008 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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.

Wolves playing in white and red.
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: John Mikel Obi of Chelsea is challenged by Karl Henry and Andrew Keogh of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Barclays Premiership match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on November 21, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

2010/11: Wigan Athletic GK away

People never learn, do they? Stop the grey and bright colour mixtures on goalkeeper kits!

Wigan's 2010/11 GK kit.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Ali Al-Habsi of Wigan Athletic during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Wigan Athletic at Goodison Park on December 11, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

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.

Mignolet playing for Sunderland.
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet wearing a protective face mask in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on January 1, 2012 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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.

Benteke scores for Aston Villa.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 15: Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on December 15, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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.

Mignolet playing for Liverpool.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

2014/15: Southampton GK third.

Stop. The. Grey. And. Bright. Colour. Combinations. On. Goalkeeper. Jerseys. Please.

Southampton's 2014/15 GK kit.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 11: Fraser Forster of Southampton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on January 11, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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.

Cech during his Arsenal days.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: Petr Cech of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on March 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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.

Hull City's purple third shirt.
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 15: Sam Clucas of Hull City during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Hull City at Vitality Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

2017/18: Huddersfield Town third

Yup, absolutely grim.

Huddersfield's 2017/18 away kit.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 09: Chris Lowe of Huddersfield Town reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge on May 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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.

Schmeichel playing in goal for Leicester.
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 01: Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester in action during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Watford FC at The King Power Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

2019/20: Southampton away

They say ‘red and green should never be seen’, but we prefer ‘yellow and grey is never the way’.

Southampton sporting yellow and grey.
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 11: Danny Ings celebrates with teammate Nathan Redmond of Southampton following the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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.

West Brom's 2020/21 away kit.
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 07: Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur takes a shot whilst under pressure from Semi Ajayi of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 07, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt Dunham – Pool/Getty Images)

2021/22: Manchester City GK fourth

Did anybody like these badge-less Puma designs?

Man City's badge-less GK kit.
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 04: Goalkeeper Ederson Moraes of Manchester City FC in action during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 04, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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.

Kane in Tottenham's new away kit.
SUWON, SOUTH KOREA – JULY 16: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur is seen during the pre-season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sevilla at Suwon World Cup Stadium on July 16, 2022 in Suwon, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images)

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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