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Top 5 Leeds United kits in my lifetime.

After Ciaran O’Hare’s look at his favourites - It is now the turn of Jack Robshaw.

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Don’t worry - the kit in the lead picture doesn’t make the list.

Leeds United’s kits aren’t something I am too bothered about nowadays, so long as they aren’t awful. However, everyone has their favourites and I am no different. I have kept it to my lifetime - although we have some great ones before 1989 I don’t have the same level of attachment to those kits - although some I was too young for at the time do make the list.

5) The green and blue striped Asics kit, 1994-96.

This is slightly before my time as a fan started as my first real memories of football start at EURO 96. However, I was bought this shirt and the yellow and blue version (which is probably nicer, but this is favourites and isn’t objective) in an adult size when I was a small child. They were in my wardrobe for years until I was finally big enough to wear them (unlike now where I am too big, cries into empty tube of Pringles).

FUSSBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE, LEEDS UNITED, 14.05.95
Always a big regret for me that I didn’t really get to see Yeboah, the version under George Graham wasn’t really him.
Photo by Mark Sandten/Bongarts/Getty Images

This kit is in my list of favourites because of a lot of time spent playing football in it instead of watching a team play in it - but it is still one that I really like.

4) 2015-16 Home kit.

I think everyone loves this kit. The reason for having no sponsor isn’t important for this, only that there was no sponsor.

Leeds United v Brighton & Hove Albion - Sky Bet Championship
What could have been with this guy under Bielsa?
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Watching a young Lewis Cook blossom was the highlight of a season that needed something to brighten it up. I still keep thinking about the possibility of getting him back and seeing what Marcelo Bielsa could do with him. If Leeds had been good with this kit it could have ended up top of the list.

3) 1997-1999 away shirt.

This is a thing of beauty, and if you try to play football in it outside of the winter you will get heatstroke. Despite this it was one of my two go-to shirts when playing in games on the local field that could stretch for more hours than I can even believe myself. Really loose-fitting and really thick, you’ll never see a shirt like this again.

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A young Jonathan Woodgate in action for Leeds.

2) 1999-2000 Third kit.

The other of my go-to kits along with the green and blue Asics shirt when I was a child. I loved this kit and still do. Couple how nice the shirt was with a team which finished 3rd in the Premier League. I think that many Leeds fans my age would have this, or the yellow version, in their top five.

S’’Ton V Leeds X Lee Bowyer in action against Southampton at The Dell.

1) 1996-98 Home

Generally speaking I find the away kits enter my favourites more than the home ones, the away kits also have take up my most hated spots. However....

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One of my favourite ever players, Lucas Radebe, in my favourite Leeds kit.
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This is the exception. It is my “formative” Leeds kit. My first game was Leeds 2 - 0 Chelsea on 1st December 1996 which included Ian Rush scoring his first goal for Leeds, unfortunately he then only scored twice more, and a goal for Brian Deane. My first season ticket was the 97/98 season.

As they say - “you always remember your first” and this shirt was mine. Some (Most) of the football under George Graham was turgid but as a child I loved every second at Elland Road despite that and this kit reminds of that. It also still had my favourite of the Leeds United badge designs, the last home shirt to do so. It would probably be in the middle of pack for most people but I have always loved this kit.


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