Every Premier League club’s greatest ever home kit

Gone are the days of seeing a home kit used for more than a season, and seeing an away kit become the following season’s third shirt.

For the kit enthusiasts of the football world, having a bunch of new shirts to gawk over every season is rather fun. Only when they’re good, though, and not mere minor adaptations on a previous year, just to earn a bit more money.

In the Premier League, there’s no time for poor kits. In order to look like you belong in arguably the best domestic league in world football, you’ve got to be dressed for the occasion. That way, you’re always covered.

If you end up gunning for success, be it overachieving in league position or forging a cup run, you look primed and ready. And if you’re slumped in a relegation fight and destined to go down, at least it’s happening in style.

English football has an eye-wateringly deep history, but GIVEMESPORT has braved it. Here’s what we think is the greatest ever home kit for each of the 20 Premier League sides for the 2021/22 season.

Arsenal – 1994/96

Rose-tinted spectacles always tend to help, but they weren’t needed here. Nike’s 2003/04 effort came in at a close second, but Arsenal‘s home kit from 1994 to 1996 was sublime. No major success in it under George Graham in its two seasons, but that vintage Nike logo, combined with the simple design, collar and JVC logo worked a charm.

Arsenal's best home kit came from 1994 to 1996
11 Feb 1995: Tony Adams of Arsenal takes on Ewan Roberts of Leicester City during the FA Carling Premiership match against Leicester City played at Highbury in London, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt/Allsport

Aston Villa – 2009/10

And so the controversy starts. We almost picked Villa’s 1993/95 home shirt with it’s rich colours, thin stripes and collar, but that Muller yoghurt sponsor logo has aged like, well, yoghurt, if we’re honest. Compare it to Nike’s offering for 2009/10, where they finished sixth in the Premier League and reached the FA Cup semi-final, it doesn’t stand a chance. Sometimes, simple and new is better.

Ashley Young was excellent for Aston Villa in 2009/10
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Ashley Young of Aston Villa celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers at Villa Park on November 7, 2009 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Brentford – 2018/19

A club with an admittedly underwhelming back catalogue of home strips, Brentford’s more modern efforts have been their best looking. Adidas played their cards right in 2018/19, opting for narrow stripes and a few very subtle hints of black on the edges of the shirt to finish it off. Their sponsor looked neat, too, and tied things together.

Brentford's greatest ever home kit is a recent one.
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Neal Maupay of Brentford celebrates scoring the 2nd brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Wigan on September 15, 2018 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Brighton – 2011/13

Proper peach, this. Can’t really go too far wrong with stripes in general, but when they’re done right, it’s magnificent. Brighton rocked a classic from Errea from 2011 to 2013, their traditional blue and white complimented by a retro collar and gold trimming on the edges, while the sponsor fit perfectly across the middle as they stormed up the Championship.

Brighton stunned the Championship in their greatest ever home kit
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 28: Will Buckley of Brighton celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the FA Cup fourth round match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on January 28, 2012 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Burnley – 1996/98

For a club that’s earned a reputation of being straight down the middle and clean cut in their approach to football, doing anything to retain top flight status, Burnley’s home strip from 1996 to 1998 was quite the opposite. Adidas opted for a very unique, very vintage four-panel design using Burnley’s esteemed claret and blue, and it worked a charm. Genuinely unlike anything else they’ve had since.

Chelsea – 2012/13

Very controversial, but modern times prevail, just. Chelsea‘s infamous Umbro/Autoglass shirt of 1997/98 came mightily close, but the etches of gold combined with the simplicity of Adidas’ 2012/13 offering cannot be topped. It’s timeless and endlessly elegant. Please put the pitchforks away.

Chelsea's 2012/13 home shirt is their strongest ever
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 13: John Terry of Chelsea celebrates soring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge on May 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Crystal Palace – 1996/98

Crystal Palace or Bayern Munich? Can’t tell the difference. That logic helped the Eagles tremendously as they finished sixth in the 1996/97 season. The rub of Die Roten wore off the following campaign as they were relegated in the shirt, but it’s a gorgeous strip and yet to be matched.

Crystal Palace shared a kit template with Bayern Munich from 1996 to 1998
30 Sep 1997: Carl Veart of Crystal Palace (left) is pulled back by Warren Joyce of Hull City during the Coca Cola Cup second round second leg match at Selhurst Park in London. Crystal Palace won the match 2-1 but Hull City went through on the away goalsrule. \ Mandatory Credit: Craig Prentis /Allsport

Everton – 1983/85

Manufactured by Le Coq Sportif, Everton looked the part and played the part in the mid-1980s. Very subtle details on the collar and sleeve cuffs pulled things together, while the ever so slight dash of white coming down from the neck was very unique. The Toffees lifted the FA Cup and the First Division title in supreme style with this effort. Yeah, you read that right. They won the First Division as recently as the 80s.

Everton became champions of England in their best ever home kit
ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND – MAY 15: The Everton team group pictured prior to the start of the Everton v Rapid Vienna UEFA European Cup Winners Cup Final on the 15th May 1985, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Back row, left to right, Derek Mountfield, Andy Gray, Trevor Steven, Graeme Sharp, Kevin Sheedy & Pat Van Den Hauwe, Front Row, Gary Stevens, Neville Southall, Kevin Ratcliffe, Paul Bracewell & Peter Reid (Photo by David Cannon/Allsport/Getty Images/Hulton Archive)

Leeds United – 2000/02

Had to be, didn’t it? Taking their Strongbow-clad strip all the way to the semi-final of the Champions League in 2001, there’s nothing beating this Leeds kit. Memories of Mark Viduka firing them in from anywhere, and world record Rio Ferdinand the rock at the back. Plain white, shades of yellow and a memorable sponsor. You just had to be there.

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13 May 2001: Mark Viduka of Leeds celebrates his goal during the Premiership match between Leeds United and Bradford City at Elland Road, Leeds. Mandatory Credit: Alex Livesey/ALLSPORT

Leicester City – 2015/16

The kit the Foxes donned as they shocked the world and did the unthinkable. These moments are exactly why it’s vital your club is always decked out with a solid shirt; Leicester absolutely were. A simple effort from Puma, the v-neck is always a risk, but paid off, and the King Power sponsor tied in well. Truly classy strip.

Leicester defied the odds in a stunning kit
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Leonardo Ulloa of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Norwich City at The King Power Stadium on February 27, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Liverpool – 1989/91

Clubs like Liverpool make lists like this really hard to pull together, because they’ve got an endless backlog of very very good kits. We could only pick one, though, and landed on their incredible effort that lasted from 1989 to 1991. The Candy logo, the adidas three stripes down the sleeves, and the unique pattern sat beneath it all was like nothing else at the time, as they lifted the league title in 1990. Boss.

Liverpool have been blessed with plenty of tremendous home kits
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – SEPTEMBER 16: Liverpool defensive wall reacts from left to right Steve Nicol; Peter Beardsley; Ian Rush; Ronnie Whelan during the First Division match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on September 16, 1990 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Ben Radford/Allsport/Getty Images)

Manchester City – 1972/74

The oldest entry in the list, City have paid tribute to their 70s designs on more than one occasion, which is testament to just how good it is. Used in Europe in 1972 as they played in the UEFA Cup, it’s as traditional as it gets. Original City logo in the centre, sky blue colour and hints of white on the edges. A proper heritage piece and one that would still look superb today.

Manchester City's greatest kit is an old one
English footballer Rodney Marsh of Manchester City FC films team-mate Denis Law at the start of the 1973-74 football season, UK, 30th August 1973. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Manchester United – 1990/92

Again, Manchester United don’t make it easy when they’ve had endless amounts of beautifully designed home kits. We’ve narrowed it down to one, though, a strip that came just before they began to dominate. In a similar vein to Liverpool, United stood out completely on their own from 1990 to 1992 thanks to an intricately designed home kit, that’s still a fan favourite today. That Sharp sponsor works a charm, and the pattern is like nothing else.

adidas are responsible for Manchester United's best home kit ever
MANCHESER, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 11: Manchester United player Neil Webb (r) shares a joke with former manager Sir Matt Busby as Alex Ferguson (l) and Clayton Blackmore (c) look on before the Sir Matt Busy Testimonial match at Old Trafford on August 11, 1991 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Allsport/Getty Images)

Newcastle United – 1995/97

Realistically, we could have picked any Newcastle shirt from the 1990s. They had an incredibly good run in the kit department. The one that still stands out, though, is their 1995/97 iteration. A collar like nobody else’s set them apart, while their usual black and white was done to perfection by Adidas. Top it off with that infamous Brown Ale sponsor and you’ve got an icon of the kit scene.

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Norwich – 1992/94

Certainly their most memorable effort, Norwich’s patterned home strip from 1992 to 1994 was definitely polarising. But, you have to admire the confidence from manufacturers Ribero, who we think smashed it out of the park. You either love it or you hate it, and this one walks a fine tightrope, but teeters on the side of love.

Norwich's best kit is a controversial one
April 1994: John Barnes of Liverpool takes on Jeremy Goss of Norwich City during the FA Carling Premiership match against Norwich City played at Anfield in Liverpool, England. Norwich City won the match 2-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/Allsport

Southampton – 2016/17

Back to the recent designs for Southampton, Under Armour made a strong debut with the Saints in 2016/17. Combining their always strong red and white stripes with a unique block design towards the top of the chest, Southampton looked real smart in their run to the League Cup final. Hints of black tied things together, in what was a seriously well-designed home kit that goes under the radar.

Southampton's best kit ever is a recent design
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 05: Maya Yoshida of Southampton celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Jack Stephens of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary’s Stadium on April 5, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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Tottenham – 1999/01

The navy blue collar against the white and that Holsten sponsor, Tottenham looked well equipped for the 21st century with this effort from Adidas. Les Ferdinand found a fine goal scoring knack in the shirt in the 2000/01 campaign as Spurs made it to the FA Cup semi-final. Underappreciated.

adidas are responsible for Tottenham's greatest ever home kit
2 Jan 2001: Gary Doherty of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the equaliser during the FA Carling Premiership match against Newcastle United played at White Hart Lane, in London. Tottenham Hotspur won the match 4-2. \ Mandatory Credit: Tom Shaw /Allsport

Watford – 2012/13

Truth be told, Watford’s kit history isn’t the richest in the world. No designs stand out, nor is there a particular golden era anywhere. 2012/13 saw them reach the Championship play-off final in a particularly smart effort from Puma, however. A subtle hint of black and red off the shoulder worked well with the endlessly cool Football Manager sponsor filling the middle of the shirt. Troy Deeney’s play-off strike also made it look that bit better.

Watford's best ever home kit came with a unique sponsor
IPSWICH, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 19: Nathaniel Chalobah of Watford celebrates his goal during the npower Championship match between Ipswich Town and Watford at Portman Road on February 19, 2013 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

West Ham – 1999/01

Perhaps the pinnacle when it come’s to a hipster’s football shirt dream. Produced by Fila, they nailed the design for the Hammers, with plenty of details making for a refined effort, topped off with an incredible collar. The best bit, though? That Dr. Martens sponsor. Unrivalled levels of cool.

West Ham's Dr. Martens kit is legendary
26 Mar 2000: Paolo Di Canio of West Ham United scores the first goal during the FA Carling Premiership match against Wimbledon at Upton Park in London. West Ham United won the match 2-1. \ Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster/Allsport

Wolves – 1987/88

Playing their football in the Fourth Division at the time – now League Two – despite starting the 1980s in England’s top flight, Wolves at least had style on their side in a bleak period. An orange base with subtle stripes and fierce black details, their strong central sponsor and striking club crest made them stand out from the pack. And when they wound up 2-0 winners against Burnley at Wembley in the Football League Trophy final, their very suave strip was worn as they lifted the trophy.

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