6 thoughts on “Chelsea’s contrasting fortunes

  1. I am not a fan of contrasting socks with Chelsea away kits, and in nearly all the above cases they were also worn with same colour socks rather than the contrasting ones. For white sock clashes I would like to see them go “traditional”, wearing the blue shirt with white shorts and black socks with a blue and white turnover. Alternatively I would like to see yellow as the default change socks rather than blue as a plain blue kit always has a “school team” look to it.

  2. Nik I half agree with you ………even/especially in years when Chelsea’s away kit is the exact reverse of the home colours…… while unlike you I have no problem 3/4s of the time off them having different sock colours with away and 3rd kits……and I’m ok with them in certain games off wearing all blue/all white or all yellow away from home ……but like you as a spurs fan I’m amazed they/Adidas/Nike don’t/didn’t take the opportunity of the at least once annual visit To W.H.L (in years when spurs home kit is navy shorts with white shirts and socks) to don a “mashup” kit off a home blue shirt a white away short and all black socks that can be from either a 3rd kit or goalies kit for all the outfield players for the old school traditional look or they could even be a “bespoke” alternate pair like you said with the blue and white turnovers … for a nfl style 1/2 times a year “throwback” look……… and that can be doubled in seasons like this one when their west London rivals Fulham are also in the premier league!

    1. I do remember Chelsea playing at WHL in August 1987, when they did wear white shorts with the blue home kit as Spurs had reverted to navy shorts for its home outfit that season. This was a very rare sight not really seen since Chelsea moved its home colours away from white shorts to include blue shorts as the default in the mid 1960s.
      For the WHL clash, Chelsea wore teamwear white Umbro shorts with a grey and black divided stripe on the right leg and that season’s default blue home socks. It was an odd look.

  3. Also Denis I think we all agree that arsenal away yellow kits are just better looking with navy sleeves…… I’m just guessing that last season with a all navy 3rd shirt that could be mixed and matched with the away kit it made sense to keep yellow sleeves … I do wonder why though over all the years there have been more all yellow shirts then the classic “89” look though? ……is it because the all yellow shirts have a longer history?…… is it so kit manufacturers can have/release more normal blue shorts instead of navy?…… I’m wondering if it’s Everton’s fault l.o.l eg…blue shirts white shorts team(s)…… as arsenal will normally change away from home in the event of a white shorts clash (I’m in agreement with this) and I’m thinking maybe the officials don’t like the partial sleeve clash………but then if that was true why do the officials have no issues with the biggest exact sleeve clash every season which is spurs vs arsenal in their red and white home kits! Also leaving the yellow away kits aside for a minute I agree with your general point and am surprised there’s never been an single arsenal green/grey/blue goalkeeper shirt released with black sleeves and shorts over the years? To cement the “arsenal” look? Remember one off the worst Croatia kits ever (World Cup 1998) at least had the redeeming feature of checkered 2 colours goalies tops/kits to go with it in the same identical fashion.

  4. Sorry to keep rabbit-tin on but also realised this seasons Chelsea 3rd kit (the Crystal Palace-esque one) shirt also has a touch of the Republic of Ireland away/change World Cup 1994 look about it!

    1. A very good reason to like it. I quite like the shirt and feel it would have worked better with white shorts and then the white socks wouldn’t have looked so odd as against West Brom.

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