The Premier League has seen its fair share of terrible looking football shirts since it’s debut season back in the 1992/93 campaign.
Noteworthy examples include Manchester United’s infamous ‘invisible’ 1995/96 grey away shirt, Chelsea’s grey and orange kit from 1994/95 and any Liverpool away shirt made by Warrior.
Tottenham Hotspur have had some very garish jerseys since 1992, which have on occasion made Spurs stand out on the pitch for a greater reason than their football. This made choosing just six absolute disasters quite tough.
Terrible colours, strange patterns and even materials all feature on this list, with Spurs – like many clubs – falling victim to these horrible but memorable errors.
6. 2016/17 Third Kit
Under Armour produced this rather unique paper bag inspired effort for Spurs’ third shirt during the 2016/17 campaign.
We’re not sure what the official name for this colour is, but it looks like a tainted mustard; which sounds horrendous and does not look much better either.
Definitely one for the hipster football fan.
5. 2018/19 Home Kit
There are few people who like this season’s home kit. Or that’s how it seems anyway.
The white to navy fading effect which appears towards the bottom of the shirt lengthens the shorts and on most players, makes it looks like they have pulled them up too high.
It would appear that whoever designed the shirt did not get the memo that Spurs wear white shorts in Europe – with the ‘printer ink running low’ vibe not a great look.
4. 2003/04 Third Kit
From 2002 until 2006, Italian sports manufacturer Kappa supplied the club’s shirts and within that timeframe, some terrific looking kits were produced.
The 2004/05 home kit and the 2005/06 away kit stand out as particular beauties – though the 2003/04 away strip wasn’t bad either. Apart from one fundamental flaw – it clung to you like you wouldn’t believe.
‘Loose fit’ and Kappa were not friends, which made many Spurs fans who attended games in this shirt look like they had picked out a tight purple leotard to wear. Far from ideal.
3. 2006/07 Third Kit
Hipster Spurs fans all have this one in their wardrobes.
Tottenham graced pitches across the country during the 2006/07 campaign dressed like an FC St.Pauli tribute act – wearing a ‘chocolate’ coloured kit with gold trim.
The colour combination is actually rather pleasing, however this is a case study for why shirt sponsors can be fatal for the beauty of a football shirt. Red on a Spurs shirt is usually a no to begin with, however when mixed with brown, it is absolutely unforgivable.
2. 2007/08 125th Anniversary Kit
Tottenham turned 125 years old back in 2007, and in celebration, the club marked the landmark occasion with a throwback to one of the first ever Spurs kits worn in the 19th century.
If the shirt was Puma’s birthday present to the club, then it was most definitely a last minute decision – looking like it had come from the nearby petrol station rather than their manufacturing headquarters.
Some retro features really could have salvaged this awful design, but sadly no such joy – with the highlight of it’s solitary outing being that in a came in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Aston Villa.
1. 2009/10 Home Kit
It must be said that picking the worst kit in Spurs’ history didn’t take too long. While we may not be fashionistas, we are pretty certain that white and yellow just don’t mix.
The clumsy blocks of yellow and lack of attention to detail (yes arrows on the shoulder, we’re looking at you) makes you wonder what on earth the design team were thinking about.
It’s almost a shame to think that one of the biggest moments in the club’s recent history, when Peter Crouch scored against Manchester City to seal a place in the Champions League, was secured wearing this monstrosity.
A horrible bright yellow stain on a golden piece of club history.