Sheffield United: the good, the bad and the ugly - nine classic Blades kits

Love them or loathe them, every year football teams get a redesign of their kits and fans rush out to buy the new shirt.

Tuesday, 11th December 2018, 1:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th December 2018, 1:30 pm
Sheffield United

Here's a trip down memory lane to look back at nine Sheffield United kits - good, bad and ugly - over the years...

The first real departure from red and white stripes for the home kit since they were introduced in 1891, with a central red panel and white either side.
This kit was the first of three with a thinner stripe made by Umbro in the late 80s and early 90s and quite a tasteful attempt to change things up compared with some of the other efforts by Avec in the mid-90s.

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The black and white photograph spares the beauty (or the horror, depending on your taste) of the gold and brown away kit that United wore on the way to the 1981/82 Third Division title.
This yellow and blue number is one of the more tasteful efforts at an away shirt with nice details in the collar and Blades logo woven into the fabric design.
This kit almost certainly takes the prize of most memorable but also the ugliest take on the red and white classic in United's history... are they diamonds or arrows? Either way, time has not been this design's friend!
A bright yellow kit not too dissimilar to this season's away offering, the Le Coq Sportif kit was famously worn in that famous and controversial FA Cup match against Arsenal. The Gunners still won the replay, although no goals were scored from throw-ins intended for United's 'keeper in that match.
Keeping the bright away strip tradition alive was this tangerine top from the 2004/05 season. You can't accuse Le Coq Sportif of ignoring the full range of the colour palette when they designed United's kits.
A redesign for United's 125 year anniversary provided a retro flashback with a red pinstripe and classic club crest, much like the early kits in the 1890s.
Last season's home kit was a return to the classic red, white and black stripes and is one of the strongest looking strips in the last few years.