Most of our other Midweek Mashup examples to date have featured home shirts mixed with alternative shorts and/or socks, but this week is the opposite of that – a home shirt altered so as to tie in with the away shorts and socks.
In 1970, Chelsea reached the FA Cup for the second time in four attempts. The 1967 decider, against Tottenham Hotspur, had seen them wear blue socks as their North London opponents went for an all-white look and their opponents in ’70, Leeds United, also caused a socks-clash. At Elland Road earlier that season, Chelsea had been in all-blue.
As it happened, Chelsea won the toss and Leeds wore the red socks from their away kit at Wembley on April 11, as they would against Celtic in their European Cup semi-final second leg four days later. A 2-2 draw after extra time meant a replay at Old Trafford on Wednesday, April 29, meaning it was Chelsea’s turn to switch socks.
Perhaps there was an aversion to the blue socks after the 1967 final, but whatever the reason was, they opted to wear the yellow socks which were part of their change strip. So that this wouldn’t jar, the away shorts (blue with a yellow stripe and numbers, compared with white trim on the home) were also worn, and a unique set of home shirts were made – with the white crest and numbers in matching yellow too.
While Chelsea’s shirts in the drawn game featured a ‘Wembley 1970’ inscription, a plain crest was used for the second match (the club’s online store sells the white-trimmed shirt but not replay one). Leeds either used the same set of shirts or had an identical set made before discovering the replay venue, as their shirts in both games mentioned Wembley.
After Mick Jones put Leeds ahead, Peter Osgood equalised to send the replay to extra time and then defender David Webb scored the winner to give the club its first cup win. A year later, the yellow socks would again be seen as Real Madrid were beaten in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final. However, they would lose their mystical powers in 1972 as Chelsea lost to Stoke City in the League Cup final.
From 1985-1992, Chelsea would revert to blue socks as first choice with the home kit, but they have had white since the beginning of the Premier League. Nowadays, blue is always worn when a change is needed but, in the mid-90s, the away pairs were used. It meant the blue-blue-yellow look was occasionally seen at Elland Road or Highbury, while the red socks from the 1992-94 away strip made for a very un-Chelsea look when paired with the home shirts and shorts.