Chelsea have had some incredible away kits over the years – both good and bad.
The Blues, who’ve been enduring a rocky patch of late, have gone for edgy ones, like this hot mess from 1994-96.
They’ve also gone for some that are pure class, like, in fairness, this season’s white away strip.
But back in the early 1980s, they didn’t mess about when it came to kits. Check out this extremely rare wonder:
The Le Coq Sportif-made, yellow kit absolutely stinks of pure class. The toned-down yellow and thin stripes are a masterclass in simplicity, straight from the 1980s. The CFC badge in the middle of the kit is the icing on the cake.
It’s the ultimate hipster shirt. Why? Well, not only is it retro and made by one of the lesser-spotted manufacturers in English football, but it was also worn at a time when the club was, well, quite shit.
Between 1981 and 1983, the Blues were battling for promotion from the Second Division, and fell way short of re-entering the top flight, finishing 12th in the first season this kit was worn and narrowly avoiding relegation the next.
Gary Chivers and John Hollins both had the privilege of donning this screaming classic. Shame the football that season wasn’t as pretty as the shirt.