Manchester City’s 1990s football kits were usually on point.
The sky-blue, Umbro-manufactured, Brother-sponsored shirts were nothing short of magnificent in that era.
Even their away kits were a joy to behold. Like this maroon number from 1991-93.
Or the radioactive Kappa kit they wore when they edged past Gillingham in the 1999 Division Two play-off final:
And while there’s a wealth of City kits from the ’90s to squabble over, one stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Between 1991 and 1993, City wore the greatest kit they’ll ever wear. The iconic Brother sponsor and sky-blue colour make it a classic City kit, but the smaller details take it up a notch or two.
The navy stripes jutting onto the right sleeve, the geometric design and the fact that it was the last time Umbro used a lower-case ‘u’ in its name make this kit a rare and beautiful thing.
It reminds us of David White, Keith Curle, Niall Quinn and Garry Flitcroft. In the first season of wearing that shirt, City finished fifth in the First Division, the next they finished ninth in the inaugural season of the Premier League.
It’s a wonderful shirt and will bring back some wonderful memories of a pretty handy City team, when Peter Swales was chairman and Peter Reid was manager.