Back in the days when Newcastle were sponsored by Newcastle Brown Ale, their kits were nothing short of spectacular.
And in 1996-97 Adidas upped their game with Newcastle’s away kit.
Not only did Kenny Dalglish’s side finish second in the Premier League (Manchester United won it, obviously), but they had a great squad.
They spanked United 5-0 at St James’ Park in October, but their season was derailed by Kevin Keegan’s shock resignation as manager in January 1997 and Alan Shearer missing seven games following a hernia operation.
Dalglish inspired Newcastle to a latter-season winning run, which culminated in a win at Highbury and a 5-0 thumping of Nottingham Forest in May, which saw them clinch second place ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool.
The away kit that side wore was as close to perfection you’ll see.
Shearer, Phillipe Albert, Peter Beardsley, Les Ferdinand and David Ginola wore the blue-grey Adidas kit with a black, horizontal strip across its front. Adidas’s signature three stripes are in white on the collar and inside the black strip. In the middle was the bright and bold logo of Newcastle Brown Ale. It doesn’t get much better than that.