Eight Weird and Wonderful Newcastle kits
As Newcastle adorned, for the first time, an unofficial kit in a Premier League game this weekend, we take a look back at a selection of weird and/or wonderful kits from times gone by.
This is not a 'best ever' list and what follows is not an order of greatness; this is merely a perusal of some lesser-celebrated shirts on a slow Sunday.
8. Training shirt
Yesterday's drab 0-0 draw with Brighton will certainly be better remembered for the fiasco with Newcastle's shirts than it will be for the match itself. United wore their usual pre-game warm-up shirt, featuring outlines of the Toon skyline, along with their home shorts and socks. And it still clashed!
7. Martins thunderbolt
2006/07's away kit featured a mixture of rare colours as far as Newcastle kits go, including a rich blend of dark blue, maroon and gold piping. It looked a bit like a superhero outfit, and Obafemi Martins wore it like one when he thundered home a rocket past Spurs' Paul Robinson in January '07. The shot was clocked at 84mph and remains one of the hardest ever hit goals in Premier League history. United won that one 3-2 in a highlight of an otherwise forgettable season. To infinity!
6. Centre Parcs
The home kit from 1995-97 is one of the Premier League's most iconic ever shirts and few would argue that the Newcastle Brown Ale logo was one of the biggest reasons for that. However, when United travelled to Monaco for a UEFA Cup tie in March 1997, a ban on alcohol advertising in France meant the Magpies had to find an alternative. Quite how they landed on the family holiday retreat Centre Parcs, we're not sure, but we're here for it. United lost 3-0 so it certainly didn't carry any good fortune.
5. The Black V
In pre-season 2014, 19,188 spectators were treated to what has to be one of the most glorious and rarest kits of United's modern history; this homage to a change kit from the 1920s. United wore it at home to Real Sociedad in a friendly in which they won 1-0, thanks to a late goal from Moussa Sissoko. Pity about the Wonga, mind.
4. Newcastle at home in red?
Image above courtesy of the truly magnificent Historical Kits website. Believe it or not, the Magpies' first ever home kit had red shirts.
3. Iconic 90s
Worn on only two occasions, this familiar green and blue number screams Sheffield Wednesday and Chris Waddle. The shirt was only worn at Hillsborough: first, in 1993/94 , in a 1-0 win and then again in 1994/95, for a 0-0 draw.
2. The golden seahorse
Let's face it, we could've compiled this list entirely of goalkeeper shirts - the silhoutted skyline, the orange and black spirals, the multicoloured 'Pav' top; but a shout-out to this lesser-spotted and lesser-celebrated thing of beauty. It was worn a very small number of times in the 1998/99 season, notably in the Cup Winners Cup tie against Partizan Belgrade.
1. Custard Creams
In for its majesty and due to the fact that this kit is surely one of United's most successful ever strips. In the 2009/10 promotion campaign, Newcastle wore this kit (in the league) on 14 occasions; winning eight, drawing four and losing two. A 57% hit rate for an away kit has to be one of the better percentage's in the club's history, surely?