In the fourth part of a new feature, Jordan guides us through his favourite Chelsea kit and what it means as a lifelong fan.
Every season, football clubs carry out the same tradition of changing their recognised kits. As much as some can come under scrutiny, the majority of the time the club and the sponsored brand come up with an iconic masterpiece that transcends hope and excitement prior to that seasons beginning.
At Chelsea, we have seen so many shirts that resemble historic memories, unforgettable matches, and even players becoming legends. Off the top of my head, the kit that comes to mind is the season we won the Champions League in 2012. The shade of blue with white lines across the arm was a Chelsea kit I loved, even when the season had its low moments. Nevertheless, it came with our first European trophy. Player’s like Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole, and the big game hero, Didier Drogba were all in their element wearing this kit.
However, as much as it is the first kit I can think of – because of the Champions League success, the first Chelsea kit I owned was the first season under Jose Mourinho. Again, a season that goes down in the club’s history as Chelsea won the first of back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005, exactly 50 years after their first League title.
Unfortunately, it won’t be on top spot for my favourite shirt, but, looking back at the kit 16 years later, it’s plainness is visually appealing – especially given the wild designers of modern shirts! Similar to the 2012 season, the blue and white incorporate brilliantly with one another. This kit started the Chelsea dynasty where trophies came in abundance in years to come. I will always look back at my first shirt knowing that this season was the beginning of Chelsea’s dominance as a football club.
Now comes the masterpiece I call my favourite Chelsea shirt. After that first Premier League title, a new crest was designed for the 2005-06 season. Based on the 1960 design it was introduced for the club’s centenary. Some minor variations in the arrangement of the colours as Umbro released a kit that added different colours to match the title winning season. The darker blue was refreshing and had a gold shade to make the shirt appealing for fans to purchase. The blend of the two colours looked pristine, a quite simply phenomenal kit, which I later received for my 10th birthday.
The kit itself resembled some fantastic players who were beginning their journeys in becoming Chelsea heroes. Didier Drogba, Arjen Robben, Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira were some of the additions added in the previous season by Jose Mourinho. All of which continued to progress as Chelsea claimed the league title once again. Perhaps the gold addition is a good omen for Chelsea football club? Nike best take note if they are to have a good relationship with the club, especially the fans who continue to purchase the iconic home shirts.
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