Favourite Villa Kits

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I have decided to step away from the speculation and obituary like pieces on Lerner and turn my attention to the kit launch in the coming weeks. As ever, the designers will need to have struck a balance between maintaining tradition and offering something new if they are to please the majority of Villa fans.

With that in mind, I am going to give you a run down of the fans’ favourite kits from the Aston Villa archives.

Firstly, I take you back to the bright season of 1958-1959. This was a fantastic kit for Villa, serving us well. The badge is long gone but recent kits have shown hints of this old-aged beauty.

Very suave kit in 1958-1959
Very suave kit in 1958-1959

Next is the kit of 1969. Worn when the Villans finished the season towards the bottom of the Second Division, it is arguably one of the best Villa shirts ever. The lion stood out on this kit, which may be why it has become a retro classic.

The Villans played in this beauty in 1969.
The Villans played in this beauty in 1969.

“Oh, it must be… It is… Peter Withe!” The legend himself wore this fantastic shirt. The players shone in both kits that year across Europe and beyond! Made by Le Coq Sportif, this shirt is rightly respected by those of a claret and blue persuasion, conjuring up memories of Aston Villa Football Club’s greatest achievement.

The magic happened in this shirt in 1982.
The magic happened in this shirt in 1982.
Withe, Cowans et al played in the best Le Coq Sportif kit of all time apart from the away one.
Withe, Cowans et al played in the best Le Coq Sportif kit of all time apart from the away one.

The kit of 1987 to 1989 was a real marmite kit. It was bold and wacky for its time. The cross sections of sky blue were unique and, understandably, were met with great curiosity.

Like marmite, this was a kit people either loved or hated.
Like marmite, this was a kit people either loved or hated.

This shirt from 1992-1993 may have been worn before I was born but it is one I admire. It is beautiful and is a must have for all Villa fans. What could any fan dislike about the fabric or the string collar? I wish I had been around to get one at the time rather than a reproduction made twenty years down the line.

Definitely one of my favourite kits.
Definitely one of my favourite kits.

How on earth did this get past a prototype? I find it vile but know many people loved this kit. In fact, when I asked fans to name their favourite kits, this was a very popular choice. Why? The colours are all wrong and clash completely.

Who on this earth would put these colours together?
Who on this earth would put these colours together?

Who remembers the chants of ‘Come on you Cows!’ and ‘Moo!’ in O’Leary’s second season? I love this shirt based on the memories of standing in the Holte in 2004-05 hearing those chants.

"Come on you Cows!" and "Moo!" came  the calls from the Villa fans in this kit. It may not be the best kit but it's one that brings back fond memories.
“Come on you Cows!” and “Moo!” came the calls from the Villa fans in this kit. It may not be the best kit but it’s one that brings back fond memories.

Finally, the kit that received the warmest reception has to be the Acorns kit of 2009-2010. The best move Randy Lerner ever made as owner was forgoing sponsorship and allowing the team, and proud fans, to bear Acorns on the shirt. It was a real sign of Aston Villa’s community involvement. It was not the best looking shirt but it was all about the sponsor.

The best shirt under Nike. Randy turned down millions to give a charity its time.
The best shirt under Nike. Randy turned down millions to give a charity its time.

The speculation over the new shirt is sure to rumble on until it is released. Rumours suggest the new kits will be inspired by the classic away shirt worn on that famous night in Rotterdam.

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Overall, Aston Villa fans have seen some horrendous kits and some excellent, memorable ones. Which one is your favourite kit? Does it feature here? Be sure to let us know which one is closest to your heart and why.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I have always wanted us to have a shirt similar to the 1957 FA Cup kit. Claret & blue vertical strips.

  2. The shirt we wore the season we got to the LC Final (acorns) was the best for many a year and is still my favorite. Compare the material with the crap of the current kit. Plus (and i don’t think this has been mentioned before) What bloody shade of claret and blue are we supposed to play in ??? EVERY change of kit comes with a different shade. Again compare the current kit with the acorns kit. I prefer the acorns shade of blue for defo. I wrote to that prat Falkner at the end of last season asking him to get some sort of consistency, guess what…NO REPLY!

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