This is the place to be if you are looking for some of the most iconic and stylish retro English Premier League shirts of all time. We will take you through every current EPL club’s best retro shirts, featuring one home and one away shirt for each. From Liverpool’s 1990 title winning Candy home shirt, to Arsenal’s groundbreaking 1991-93 ‘bruised banana’ away shirt we have got you covered. Check out 40 top kits in our complete guide – you do not want to miss out on adding some of these to your retro shirt collection!
Arsenal 2005-06 Home Shirt
To kick things off with one of the best retro shirts out of all the current English Premier League clubs, we have Arsenal’s celebratory shirt which was worn in the Gunners last ever season playing at Highbury, Nike created this special one of a kind maroon/redcurrant jersey with a slick gold finish and embroidery around the crest and across the shirt.
Arsenal 1991-93 Away Shirt
One of, if not the most iconic away shirts of all time is Arsenal’s 1991-93 ‘bruised banana’ shirt. Even if you are not a fan of Arsenal, how can you not like this funky black and yellow shirt. This was the first time in history that the club had left their comfort zone and decided it was time for change along with kit makers Adidas who had recently taken over as manufacturers in 1986.
Aston Villa 1993-95 Home Shirt
The rise of the Premier League in 1992 saw a change in kit sponsors for many big clubs, Villa being one of them. It is most known for being worn during Villa’s 3-1 League Cup victory in 1994 against Manchester United which certainly makes it a top choice for your best retro shirts collection!
Aston Villa 1982 Away Shirt – European Cup Final
Probably one of the greatest moments in the club’s history, this exemplary shirt was worn by the Claret and Blues in their only European Cup victory against Bayern Munich in 1982. The all white shirt features the iconic Villa claret stripes in addition to the unique centering of the badge and details of the cup final – the best retro shirt for all Villains, no debate!
Brighton & Hove Albion 1991-93 Home Shirt
This glorious jersey was the first Ribero manufactured shirt for the Seagulls. One of the few shirts to be worn along with striped shorts, before they returned back to their authentic solid blue shorts.
Brighton & Hove Albion 1980 Away Shirt
Perhaps one of the oldest retro shirts in our collection, this British Caledonian sponsored shirt is a fan favourite for the Seagulls! The all-yellow jersey was worn during 1980, and it features a darker blue collar and sleeve trims to match the iconic club crest and kit sponsorship logo – most definitely one of the unique shirts of the bunch!
Burnley 1996-98 Home Shirt
As founder members of the Football League in 1888, Burnley have played in many historic kits over the years. This shirt in particular stands out from the rest however! Adidas took over as kit manufacturers in 1996 for three seasons, and this shirt became an instant classic. The iconic Burnley claret and blue colours are featured in each quarter of the shirt along with darker shaded stripes.
Burnley 1997-98 Away Shirt
Another classic shirt manufactured by German superbrand Adidas, is the Clarets iconic away shirt worn during their 1997-98 campaign. The white jersey features Adidas’ iconic three stripes on each sleeve which gives it that Real Madrid look at a first glance. In addition to this, the shirt features a black collar with shades of the clubs notable sky blue running down the torso – a must have for your best retro shirts collection!
Chelsea 1995-97 Home Shirt
This is one of the best retro shirts which cannot be overlooked, that is for sure. This iconic shirt was worn by many Chelsea legends who ended the club’s 26-year wait for a major trophy, when they triumphed against Middlesbrough to claim the 1997 FA Cup. One thing that really stands out about this shirt is the notable Chelsea lion printed in a darker shade of blue under the sponsoring.
Chelsea 1997-98 Away Shirt
One of the stand out shirts featured here is Chelsea’s one of a kind away shirt. This shirt was first designed during the Blues previous 1996-97 season; however, Autoglass took over as new sponsors in 1997 and the kit was untouched. Worn by legend Gianfranco Zola, this yellow and sky blue strip is one of the best retro shirts out of any current EPL team!
Zola famously scored the winning goal against Stuttgart in the Cup Winners Cup final and Chelsea clinched the double as a result, having won the League Cup during the 1997/98 campaign. Relive one of the greatest nights in the club's history by bagging yourself this distinctive shirt!
Crystal Palace 1998-99 Home Shirt
One of our favourites, and one of the best retro shirts out of all the current EPL clubs, Palace’s home strip worn in the late 90s when Adidas took over from Admiral as kit manufacturers. This has all the features of a perfect home shirt for any football enthusiast. The all white shirt has the iconic Adidas three stripes running down the sleeves, and clubs notable blue and red colours are slashed across the shoulders of the jersey which also gives it that England shirt vibe.
Crystal Palace 1994-96 Away Shirt
If you loved their home shirt from the late 90s above, then check out Palace’s away shirt worn a few years prior. This shirt is uniquely manufactured by Nutmeg, and TDK are the sponsors. The main colour is a banana-skin yellow similar to Arsenal’s iconic away shirt, and this color was not commonly associated with Palace back in the day, making it one of the best retro shirts to add to your collection!
Everton 1992 Home Shirt
This has to be one of the best retro shirts in the Premier League era. Manufactured by Umbro for the inaugural season of the Premier League it has all the features of a modern shirt, and it was often described as ahead of its time. This slick shirt features the iconic Everton blue with a stylish white collar, in addition to a unique ‘EFC’ pattern across the jersey – you do not want to miss out on this one!
Everton 1995 Away Shirt
This away shirt also brings back great memories from their FA Cup winning year. It is definitely one of the best retro shirts in Premier League history, and it is sometimes overlooked. The black collar and the white and pastel blue design really places this shirt into a league of its own – you have got to add this one to your unique collection!
Fulham 2001 Home Shirt
As we welcome Fulham back to the Premier League, we took a look at some of their best retro shirts from the years – one shirt in particular stood out from 2001. This shirt has all of the features of a classic Whites shirt, and it was uniquely worn during Fulham’s Division One title winning campaign which earnt them promotion up to the top flight just like today!
Fulham 1996-97 Away Shirt
This has to be one of our favourite away shirts of all time from any Premier League club. It features a special black and red checkered pattern as well as a unique sponsorship logo which really makes it a cool shirt. Sponsors GMB have the outline of two figures above their logo which is pretty awesome and makes it a must have for your retro shirt collection!
Leeds United 1992-93 Home Shirt
Famously worn by reigning champions of England during the 1992-93 season, Leeds United will be remembered for this iconic all-white strip with slick details. As we welcome the Whites back to the Premier League for the first time since 2004, we take a look back at this special shirt worn for the first time as they played in the inaugural Premier League, having been crowned Division One champions!
Leeds United 1991-92 Away Shirt
The Whites wore this famous away shirt during their 1991-92 Division One winning campaign as they were crowned champions of England. The yellow-patterned jersey features a navy blue collar and white and blue sleeve trims.
Leicester City 1998-00 Home Shirt
If you are looking for a retro Leicester City shirt, you cannot go wrong with any of the Walkers crisp company sponsored shirts. The local crisp company sponsored the Foxes for 14 years, and this shirt in particular was chosen due to the brand’s new modern logo which people commonly recognise today. The Fox Leisure manufactured shirt features a white and blue collar, along with white stripes running down each side of the shirt.
Leicester City 1983-85 Away Shirt
Admiral produced this iconic away shirt in 1983 which would see it worn by club legend and top goal-scorer across the next two seasons – Gary Lineker. This is one of the most memorable away shirts in club history due to the unique combination of green and yellow, and it was also the first ever shirt to include a sponsor’s logo across the front in addition to the clubs famous running fox badge.
Liverpool 1989-91 Home Shirt
What kind of best retro shirts list would be complete without this gem! This classic LFC Candy home shirt was worn by the Reds when they won the league title at the end of the 1989-90 season under manager Kenny Dalglish. Many Liverpool legends wore this iconic shirt, including Alan Hansen, John Barnes, and John Aldridge who scored his last ever goal for the club in a historic 9-0 win over Crystal Palace. There are no questions about adding this retro shirt to your collection!
Liverpool 1989-91 Away Shirt
Just like the Reds infamous home shirt, their Candy sponsored away shirt from the same seasons is just as good, if not better! The Adidas manufactured shirt features a grey geometric design with a raised retro LFC crest and Candy sponsor in red. There is no debate whether or not this is one of the best retro shirts of all time – it must be added to your collection!
Manchester City 1983-84 Home Shirt
This has to be one of the most slick and stylish Manchester City shirts of all time. It features the clubs first ever kit sponsor ‘SAAB’ printed in the center of the shirt, and subtle darker blue stripes running down the jersey, as well as the Sky Blues iconic crest.
Manchester City 1996-97 Away Shirt
A rather unique away shirt worn by Manchester City over the years, though it is sometimes overlooked. This special retro shirt was worn during the City’s 1996-97 campaign after they were unfortunately relegated from the top flight. The shirt features a diagonal cross between white and claret, whereas the club’s crest is printed in the centre of the shirt below kit manufacturer Umbro’s logo.
Manchester United 1988-90 Home Shirt
There is no other way to show your support for one of the greatest teams in English football, than by showing off Manchester United’s home shirt from 1988-90. This Red Devils shirt features their iconic sponsorship with Sharp Electronics and kit manufacturer Adidas’ three stripes running down the sleeves.
Manchester United 1992-93 Away Shirt
Worn during the inaugural Premier League season which the Red Devils famously won for the first time, Manchester United’s infamous all blue strip features a black collar along with their iconic crest printed across the shirt in a subtle darker blue shade which really places this shirt into club history.
Newcastle United 1996 Home Shirt
This is a special retro shirt which will always go down in club history for the Magpies, and it is certainly one of, if not the most iconic Newcastle United shirt in history! Worn in 1996, when the Magpies came ever so close to winning the Premier League for the first time as Les Ferdinand scored an incredible 29 goals in his first season for the club.
Newcastle United 1999-00 Away Shirt
Another iconic Newcastle shirt is their away strip which was worn as they entered the new millennium. The shirt is predominantly white; however, it features Adidas’ famous three stripes down the sleeves in addition to turquoise highlights on the sides of the shirt which really gives it that unique look – certainly a favourite out of all of these best retro shirts!
Sheffield United 1999-00 Home Shirt
A must for all Sheffield United fans, purely because of the amazing sponsorship of this home shirt! The Blades teamed up with a company also named ‘Blades’ for just one season which makes this shirt that extra bit special.
Sheffield United 1989-91 Away Shirt
One of the stand-out retro shirts out of all the current EPL clubs is this fluorescent yellow away shirt as worn by the Sheffield United side who won promotion to the top flight in 1990 under manager Dave Bassett. The following season, the Blades went on to finish 13th, having sat rock bottom of the table at Christmas.
Southampton 1993-95 Home Shirt
Southampton smashed it out the park with this home shirt. The jersey was worn for two seasons in the 90s, and was manufactured by Pony for the first time, in addition to new sponsors Dimplex. This shirt is very unique as it features a funky red and white pattern, unlike the stripes the Saints would commonly wear.
Southampton 1989-91 Away Shirt
We now move on to a very simple but effective Southampton away shirt. Hummel manufactured this shirt during the late 80s / early 90s, and it was a hit with many Saints fans due to the minimal design. It is predominantly white with accents of arctic and sapphire blue.
Tottenham Hotspur 1985-87 Home Shirt
Who does not remember this shirt? The infamous Hummel manufactured home shirt should bring many happy memories to some older Spurs fans. Despite not winning a trophy, David Pleat’s side finished in the top three of the First Division, as well as finishing runner’s up in the FA Cup and reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup – a classic Spurs shirt!
Tottenham Hotspur 1994-95 Away Shirt
Another memorable shirt and a certain fan favourite is this eye catching deep purple away shirt worn by many Spurs greats such as; Jurgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham. It features a white, blue and purple collar, and along with a deep purple pattern is Spurs’ notable shade of dark blue.
West Bromwich Albion 1996-97 Home Shirt
This is a classic shirt for the Baggies! It has all of the features to make it one of the best shirts in club history…the iconic navy blue and white stripes run down the torso and the sleeves, and uniquely this retro shirt features an all white collar with four buttons.
West Bromwich Albion 1986-88 Away Shirt
West Brom are not commonly associated with wearing a red jersey; however, during the late 80s they did just this! An Umbro manufactured all red strip was worn by the Baggies for two seasons, and it is certainly a fan favourite.
West Ham United 1998-99 Home Shirt
There is no doubt towards the selection of this famous West Ham shirt. As worn by a young Frank Lampard, the Hammers teamed up with iconic English footwear and clothing brand Dr. Martens for the first time in 1998.
West Ham United 1993-95 Away Shirt
As well as Dr. Martens, West Ham had previously been sponsored by another notable brand ‘Dagenham Motors’ which was commonly associated with the club back in the day and will be remembered by many during their time in the Premier League.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1974 Home Shirt
Wolves are famously known as founder members of the Football League back in 1888, and over the years they have won many famous shirts. One shirt however, stands out from the rest and is purely in a league of its own. In 1974, Wolves wore this special Umbro manufactured jersey in the League Cup final, and it simply featured three running wolves in the center of the torso.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1974 Away Shirt
Their home shirt is so good, we simply had to include the away version to conclude our best retro shirts. First worn in the mid-70s, this all white shirt features the iconic running wolves badge in black. Most definitely a shirt you could dress up with a pair of jeans, as well as wearing on a lazy day!
We hope you have enjoyed our collection of the best retro shirts for all current EPL clubs – let us know your favourites, and if any of these did not catch your eye be sure to check out our other retro shirt collections available here!