Fantasy Kit Friday – Ipswich Town adidas, 1992-93

There is an Ipswich Town fanzine entitled Those Were The Days (briefly renamed to These Are The Days in the early 2000s when the club made it back to Europe).

The days in question are of course the late 1970s and early 1980s, when, under the management of Bobby Robson, the club won the FA Cup, finished second twice in the old Division 1 and third thee times as well as winning the Uefa Cup.

For most of those achievements, they were clad in adidas kits, and stayed with the German firm until 1989, when Umbro took over. They have been back in the three stripes since 2014.

For 1992-93, the first Premier League season, they were as in the picture below (taken from Shoot! of August 15, 1993 – the jokes are terrible, especially as Wednesday hadn’t used that style in decades). 

Martyn Bardwell asked us to reimagine them in the adidas Equipment stylings of the time. Keeping the contrasting sleeves on the home meant a blue version of the Arsenal strip:

For the away, we used the over-the-shoulder striping, though with two red and one blue so as not to be a facsimile of the USA shirt.

Obviously, with so much blue and white on the first two kits, a third was needed. Umbro gave Ipswich red and black stripes but, as there was no real stripes option under the Equipment banner, we went with this.

As always, views welcome on Twitter @museumofjerseys.

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