Ahead of Oxford United's kit launch, here's 10 golden oldies (and horror stories) from seasons past (From Oxford Mail)
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Ahead of Oxford United's kit launch, here's 10 golden oldies (and horror stories) from seasons past
Oxford United launch their kit of 2014-15 tomorrow and here supporter Thom Airs revisits some of the more memorable U's attire...
1) Number one is the goalkeeper's traditional home, so in the interests of inclusion let's start with something green. The Carlotti creation of 2007/8, modelled with trademark swagger by Billy Turley, was perhaps the highlight of a season that saw the team lose to Tonbridge Angels.
2. From Nike to Adidas, Umbro to Admiral, Oxford United have been dressed by the best. But in 1994, a special centenary kit bore the name 'Manor Leisure'. This own-brand jersey featured a modified club crest and did nothing to hinder the promotion-winning side a year later.
3. From the sublime to the ridiculous. And the away kit of 1993 was certainly the latter. Looking like a test card from an early colour printer, this hideous mix of blocky reds, blues and whites was thankfully mothballed for almost the entire season.
4. Now this is more like it. Kits are often judged by the on-pitch success that accompanies them so the 1986 kit was always going to be cherished. But aside from the Milk Cup Final, this shirt was brilliantly simple AND had the best sponsor's name ever.
5. Perhaps a little leftfield, this one, but it's a personal favourite. As a young fan I vividly remember reading about the 1997 change kit in the matchday programme under the excitable headline 'It's diamond white!'. And it certainly was a dazzling change from the reds and blues of previous years.
6. No list like this would be complete without a classic kit from yesteryear and the old-gold jerseys of the 1960s are synonymous with the era of Ron and Graham Atkinson.
7. Back in the 21st century, last season's grubby orange home shirt (which certainly did Dave Kitson's complexion no favours) won't be winning any fashion awards, but its purple sibling might just go down as our best away kit of recent years.
8. If last year's home kit looked a bit off colour, the Domino-sponsored creation of 2000/2001 is surely even worse. Still capable of sending shivers down the spine, this mouldy-looking monstrosity was worn by the club's worst-ever defence in a forgettable final season at the Manor.
9. Another kit touched by success is the 2010 Wembley jersey. New suppliers Nike might not have created anything bespoke but the stylish swoosh and reassuringly familiar Buildbase logo proved a winning combination.
10. When conjuring up old kits in your mind's eye you always picture certain players wearing them. The very-nineties away kit introduced in 1991 will forever be worn by John Durnin and Joey Beauchamp in many fans' recollections.
- What do you think of Thom's choices? Suggest your own in the comments section below and we'll hunt through the archive to add...