The future’s exceptionally bright for Manchester City. Angling for a Premier League title defence and aiming for an elusive Champions League win under Pep Guardiola, the 2018-19 season might just be one for the club’s history books.
But their new away kit is a nod to the club’s past. 20 years on from the original Aguero moment – when Paul Dickov popped up and bagged a late, late goal to force the Division Two play-off to extra time against Gillingham – City have dropped a modern kit that acknowledges the kits that side wore.
Back in 1999, Dickov and Co donned the black-and-yellow, Brother-sponsored Kappa kit, and it was nothing short of a work of art.
As a City fan (who was at that game at Wembley, thank you very much. And no, I’m not related to the other goalscorer that day Kevin Horlock, despite sharing that glorious surname), that kit’s always held its place in my heart, and it’s amazing to see this season’s deep blue away kit with blue and yellow stripes using a similar colour scheme two decades from one of the most significant games in our history.
Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane may be a class apart from the likes of Richard Edghill, Shaun Goater and Andy Morrison, but it’s a subtle but classy touch to take that garish kit as inspiration for this year’s effort.
It’s a yes from me. Here’s to hoping they get out there and deliver the quadruple in that bad boy… Oh, and to refresh your memory, here’s that 1999 kit: