Chris McClean’s 5 Favourite Football Kits

Chris McClean, London, October 2019. Photo: Tozer

Who knew surf photographer, film-maker and episode 101 guest Chris McClean was a football geek? Here he chooses his favourite ever kits.

“The fact I was just starting to get interested in football when Bobby Robson was England manager and Paul Gascoigne was our playground hero might have something to do with the fact these are almost all from the golden era of the late 80’s and 90s. After all, who can argue with short shorts and German haircuts?”

Listen to Chris’s podcast episode here.

1. Germany 1990

“The shirt that made Germany cool”.

2. England third kit 1991

“In 1991 Dennis Wise scored on his England debut as they won 1–0 away to Turkey. It was the one and only time this was ever worn by the England team”.

3. Holland 1988

“Only made cooler by the fact legends Marco Van Basten and Ruud Gullit wore it as they won the European Championships in 1988”.

4. Arsenal 1991

“Boring, boring Arsenal’ was the chant. Then they signed Ian Wright for a club record £2.5 million, and Nike plastered billboards with the slogan ‘Behind every great goalkeeper there’s a ball from Ian Wright.’ With this kit, nothing was boring”.

Arsenal 1991 Fisherman’s Hat anyone? Click here.

5. Nigeria 2018

“Are modern kits finally catching up with the early 90s. I hope so, it’s about bloody time”.

Available here.

“And the worst… the England 1996 goalkeeper shirt. Erm, yep”.