Is this the best ever Chelsea home kit?

Chelsea may not have been known for their free-flowing football or swollen trophy cabinet between 1989 and 1991, but by God could they make a kit.

Dennis Wise, Tony Dorigo and Andy Townsend were all lucky enough to don this glorious number.

Not only did it have the old club badge – which, in our humble opinion, is far superior to its modern version – but the Chelsea kit of 1989-91 was a thing of simple beauty.

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Like many Umbro kits of its era, it’s a thing of beauty.

With its straightforward, diamond-inspired design, it really does put modern kits to shame.

The side may have been underwhelming on the pitch (they lost 3-1 against Oxford United in the 1991 FA Cup third round), but this beautiful strip masked their mediocrity beautifully.


In the 1990-91 season, Chelsea signed their first million-pound players in Townsend and Wise, but finished 11th in the Premier League and were knocked out of both domestic cups by lower league opposition (Sheffield Wednesday beat them 5-1 on aggregate in the League Cup semi-final).

But don’t let that put you off this glorious piece of football art.

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