What I’m going to do is shortlist five shirts which I believe to be, well, the best five Newcastle shirts of all time.
I would love it if everyone could vote for their favourite and we’ll total up the votes when the next article is posted. If your favourite is not featured then just tell us what it is. Just because these are my choices it doesn’t mean that they have to be your choices!
Of course most of this is going to be down to personal taste, but there are certain exceptions to this rule. The one shirt that everyone knows about, regardless of age, is the Grandad collar one from 1995 for example. That kind of thing. Certain shirts are popular for longer and manage to last the test of time whilst others are sharp forgotten. Here is my five choices anyway.
1. 1907-1913 – The sixth black and white shirt in Newcastle’s history, this is still worn by some fans today. Long sleeved shirt, consists of three black stripes on the torso and one on each sleeve. There is no collar however, and the neck is laced up by white laces.
Apologies for the rather crude image. I’m sure you can imagine that photos of Newcastle shirts from 100 years ago are pretty hard to find hence why we’ve had to go with this mock up of it from a website that is linked later on in the article.
2. 1975-1976 – A long sleeved shirt, with a black collar. It also consists of three black stripes on the torso, and one black stripe on each sleeve. It has the Newcastle coat of arms on it – one of the first seasonal kits to feature it.
Previously the crest had been reserved for Cup final appearances. Thankfully it’s a permanent fixture these days although imagine if it was left purely for Cup finals. We’d never see it!
You can vote for this one below.
3. 1991-1993 – The sleeve length is optional, and there is a black collar with a white border. It has a white stripe on each black sleeve, three slim stripes on the right half of the torso, and two large stripes on the left half of the torso.
The Umbro logo is on the right side of the chest and is in blue. The Newcastle badge is the current one and is on the left side of the chest. The famous blue star logo made an appearance and was placed bang in the middle of the shirt.
The optional length sleeves have three slim white stripes on a black background. There are three stripes on a black background, and Adidas have their logo on the right side of the chest. It has a buttoned up neck which is in the colour of white. The current badge is on the left side of the chest.
Toonsy seems to think that this shirt will prove to be the most popular.
5.2001-2003 – This shirt was worn during the Sir Bobby Robson era. It has the ntl: sponsor on the middle of the shirt. The sleeve length is once again optional and is black with three slim white stripes. It also has white cuffs on the long sleeved shirt. It has three black stripes on a white background, and the adidas logo is on the first white stripe to the right. The current badge is on the first white stripe to the left. It is a black V neck with a white border. The days when everyone seen a Geordie in Milan!
You might wonder, why there is no away shirts, well the reason is I believe you can’t beat the good old black and white stripes. They are one of the reasons why we are famous after all.
If you have a personal favourite which isn’t on the shortlist, feel free to share it. As I said earlier it’s all going to be about taste which is very personal to each and every one of us.
Incidentally it’s perhaps worth having a look at this website which details all of our home kits over the years. You can even purchase some of them from there although Toonsy has said that it’s best to buy any old replica kits from one of the links on the side of the ‘blog.
Anyway, it’s time to vote.