Is this the worst kit ever?
JOSEPH'S Amazing Technicolor dream coat might not appear to be the height of fashion. But compared to some of the garish kits produced for our local football clubs down the decades, it certainly suited him! Some strips look like a pet dog knocking over a can of Dulux and trampling in the contents has designed them. Newcastle's custard coloured away strip has gone down as well as the Magpies' relegation. Just three, possibly colour blind, fans snapped up the shirts when they went on sale earlier this week. And that set MEN Sport thinking about the worst fashion statements made by our nine professional clubs. United's new first team strip, with its black chevron, has drawn comparisons with St Helens rugby league team's famous red `V.' But it's tame in comparison to some of the shirts worn by past United legends. Indeed, a writer with United We Stand fanzine is still so traumatised by memories of the Newton Heath retro kit; he declined to reveal his identity. "The green and yellow shirt takes some beating as the worst ever," he told us. "It may have been the height of fashion in the 1890's but it never sat well with the current generation of fans." United's infamous grey shirts that contributed to an embarrassing 6-3 defeat at Southampton in 1995-96 were quickly consigned to the incinerators. Anything red tends to make King of the Kippax fanzine editor Dave Wallace hot under the collar. But Dave equally disliked a purple and white striped City shirt from the early 90's. "I think it was modelled by Noel Gallagher and it didn't look any better on him," said Dave. Bolton's new home kit for the forthcoming Premier League campaign has quickly come in for stick on fans' message boards. One disgruntled fan wrote: "It looks like Bolton will be fulfilling the Premier League's bar code quota this season now Newcastle have been relegated." The height of bad taste isn't just exclusive to the big boys. Take Oldham, for example. Alex Metcalfe, a director of Oldham's Supporters' Trust, says: "There was a particularly horrible away shirt worn when we were in the early 90's, possibly when we were in the Premier League. "It was green in colour and looked like to had lightning bolts across it. There was another red and blue hooped design that looked a bit like a bad QPR shirt. Stockport County seemed to have the monopoly on `deckchair' shirts in the mid 90's. Martin White, secretary of the Supporters' Trust, recalls: "The 1993 away shirt has been lovingly classed as the `TV interference shirt.' "It is still often seen round the ground today as it has taken on cult status." Macclesfield fans Rob Wilson and Hilary Woolliscroft nominate the `tango' strip of the Dave Moss era as their least favoured shirt. Opinions vary on why it was introduced from Moss used to play in a similar kit in his Luton days or former Macc chairman, Rob Bickerton, was a Blackpool supporter. Either way it was destined to be cut up and used as a duster. Bury press officer, Gordon Sorfleet, a former UEFA fan of the year, recollects a "purple and green" mess from the 90's without any fondness. Rochdale also went back to their roots in 2007-08 with a black and white striped number. However, a mid 90s blue shirt with tiny chevrons, lined up vertically in irregular groups got the thumbs down. However, Paul Speed reckons a recent plain, blue shirt took the biscuit. "It was so poorly made that you could get three necks through the top instead of one. It also had stitching that read `Dale `til I die. But it looked more like `Dale `til I Pie.'
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