Great one-offs – Blackburn Rovers, 1993

The early 1990s were when kit manufacturers began to realise that there was an ever-growing market for their wares, and so the releases became more common.

Blackburn Rovers had worn a plain yellow third kit in 1992-93, but not that often – Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Southampton were opponents which might have been troublesome for a team with a blue-and-white-halved home and red and black stripes away, but they got by with their first-choice shirt on those occasions.

That third shirt wasn’t sold, as far as we know, but the matchworn set was recycled:

In the summer of 1993, it was supplanted by a new yellow version featuring large black panels at the sides.


A somewhat unusual, but nice, design, its only outing would come away to Tottenham Hotspur in the Coca-Cola Cup fourth round on December 1, 1993, a 1-0 loss. Perhaps Blackburn’s away kit wasn’t allowed due to being too close to the black of the officials, but that hadn’t been a problem for their second-round opponents Bournemouth, who of course wear those colours as their first choice.

In February 1994, Blackburn would return to White Hart Lane for a league game. This time, they wore the away shirts and socks with change shorts – similar to, but different than, the home set – as they won 2-0.

While the yellow was retained for the title-winning 1994-95 season, it remained unused.

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