There’s been a bit of controversy around the new NI shirt, but it could be an awful lot worse.
From Man Utd’s infamous grey shirts that had to be changed at half time to a kit fit for an ambassador’s dinner party, we count down the 16 worst football shirts of all time…
16. Cameroon (2002)
Cameroon’s sleeveless number was ahead of its time. Vest tops are all the rage nowadays and especially good for showing off your tats. Daniel Agger would have a field day.
15. Manchester United (1995)
United’s infamous grey kit led Alex Ferguson to insist his team changed strips at half-time during a defeat at Southampton. Someone should have told him he was allowed to make substitutes.
14. Liverpool GK (1995)
As designed by the Spice Girls led predominantly by Mel B.
13. SC Heerenveen (2006)
The little red hearts are part of this Dutch Eredivisie club’s club crest in case you were wondering how they ended up in the kit design. This is a club who wear their hearts on their sleeves as well as the rest of their shirt.
12. Celtic (1991)
The Bhoys have always had a tendency to go for ‘out there’ kits, but this one failed epically. Not quite 50 shades of green, but it’s enough to turn your stomach nonetheless.
11. Glentoran (2002)
Under the influence of sponsors Danepak, Glentoran opted for a shirt that paid tribute to a rasher of bacon.
10. Fiorentina (1992)
A perfectly normal football shirt until you realise it doubles up as a magic eye trick constructed by Nazis. The inadvertent swastikas meant the shirt had to be withdrawn.
9. England GK (1996)
One of the most offensive goalkeeper shirts of all time, like a cross between a GCSE art project and a bar brawl in Minecraft. It actually looked even worse when you saw David Seaman in it.
8. Dundee (1953)
Not a great football shirt but it came in handy for picnics.
7. Dundee United (1993)
Not to be outdone by their neighbours, Dundee United took 40 years to come up with a shirt that was even worse.
6. Sheffield Wednesday (1984)
Roller disco anyone? Their nickname is the owls and this is a kit that should only be worn at night. With the lights off.
5. Norwich City (1992)
You can say what you like about this Norwich kit but at least no one could tell if you’d vomited over yourself.
4. Southend United GK (1995)
You might get away with this tribal patchwork at the Africa Cup Of Nations, but not so much in Essex.
3. Cultural Leonesa (2014)
Ambassador, with this luxurious football kit you are really spoiling us! This Spanish team’s commemorative shirt proved to be a big hit for those heading straight to a dinner party after the game.
2. SK Brann (2015)
Not the most offensive of designs, but when you learn the shirt is made out of rubber it explains why this Norwegian club’s kit hasn’t shifted many units. Not so much SK Brann as S&M Brann.
1. Colorado Caribous (1978)
You may have thought there was nothing worse than a latex football shirt, but then you’ve obviously never seen this effort from North American soccer team Colorado Caribous. Okay, so it might have been the seventies but the combination of beige and tassles is inexcusable.