No, I’m not referring to the new purple and black monstrosity of an away kit, that might still grow on me. But following a Twitter conversation earlier, I dug out these pictures from the Arsenal programme from the match against Everton at Highbury on 8 April 1989. The front cover shows Perry Groves in action against Southampton two weeks earlier, a match that we won 3-1 with Groves scoring.
As you can see, Southampton in those days wore a predominantly red shirt with black shorts. So we turned out wearing our away yellow shirt and socks, with our home white shorts. We looked like idiots. We’ve had some crap kits over the years, but in this case we decided to make a crap one out of two fairly decent kits. In fact the Southampton match was just two months before the away kit was immortalised by Mickey Thomas at Anfield on 26 May.
It wasn’t the first time we’d done this – the season before was the same, the famous match where Alan Shearer made his full debut and scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 victory. The Daily Mirror back page showed Kenny Sansom in yellow shirt and white shorts, while Shearer scores one of his three: http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/incoming/article5535.ece/BINARY/Southampton+4-2+Arsenal. Why did we not have some yellow shorts? Or some red ones? Or a third kit? I was personally embarrassed by our amateurish appearance.
There may have been other occasions too. Anyone remember any?
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