Poll: The G.O.A.T. Strip

What is the greatest strip ever? We could not make up our minds, so we narrowed it down to twenty of the greatest football shirts of all time. Now it’s up to you to decide. Which is the GOAT?

Find out more about some of these iconic kits in our In Focus series:

Illustrations provided by exhibition consultant John Devlin, author of the excellent True Colours series of books. www.truecoloursfootballkits.com

50 Comments

  1. Ian Herbert
    20th April 2020
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    No Sampdoria ????

    • Tim
      20th April 2020
      Reply

      Sorry Ian, there were inevitably going to be great designs that get left out. Sampdoria did get more than one shirt included in the rest of the exhibition though.

  2. Paul Smith
    21st April 2020
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    My favourite kits of all time are the ones used by England during the italia 90 era, especially the blue 3rd kit. Which was only worn twice I believe? I love the white one in your list too, especially when in had 19 on the back and gazza was in it.

    • Tim
      23rd April 2020
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      Hi Paul, we love that blue third shirt too, and it does feature elsewhere in the exhibition. It was actually worn just once, in an away game against Turkey in May 1991. Fair to say most people saw it being worn by Bernard Sumner in New Order’s World in Motion video!

    • Nick
      22nd May 2020
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      The England 1986 blue kit was the best

  3. Steve Halliwell
    3rd May 2020
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    No 1995 Wigan Athletic 🤔☹

  4. Jon
    4th May 2020
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    Palace sash, no contest!

    • andy parr
      6th May 2020
      Reply

      brilliant and unique

  5. Brian Greenwood
    6th May 2020
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    I voted the Palace sash as an Eagles fan……. But I have no doubt the most iconic strip of all time is Ajax home, and even better that is doesn’t really change!

  6. Niall
    6th May 2020
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    Palace sash
    Proper stuff

  7. Peter
    6th May 2020
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    Palace sash, no contest.

  8. Andy Roberts
    6th May 2020
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    Crystal Palace shirt from 1976-77 is by far the best the best design.

  9. John roughan
    6th May 2020
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    I agree Palace sash iconic

  10. Chris Bebbington
    7th May 2020
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    The pink Juventus centenary shirt by Kappa is (in my opinion} a thing of beauty, One I can say that hangs in my collection. The Dutch national shirt is the best in that selection.

  11. Nic Bravin
    7th May 2020
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    Crystal Palace Sash.

  12. Alan
    8th May 2020
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    Palace sash by a mile

  13. Andy Roberts
    8th May 2020
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    When does the poll end Tim

    • Tim
      9th May 2020
      Reply

      Hi Andy, there’s no closing date yet, but we’ll announce the winner when the exhibition ends. Obviously at the moment, we can’t be sure when that will be.

  14. Andy Roberts
    10th May 2020
    Reply

    Thanks Tim

  15. William Kane
    13th May 2020
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    If this is British clubs you’re after, Celtic ’67. If English then Newcastle United early 70s.

  16. Scott Phur
    14th May 2020
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    Palace sash without doubt

  17. Paul
    14th May 2020
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    Palace sash is so iconic!!!has to be!!

  18. Jabronikithunter
    14th May 2020
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    This list is heavily biased towards retro kits. I would personally have replaced the quite a few of these kits with different ones

    Number 1 kit in my opinion is Arsenal’s 2005/06 burgundy special highbury kit. Surprised its not even on here

    • Tim
      14th May 2020
      Reply

      We just think the 70s to 90s were the best eras for kits. Before that they were very generic in general. Since then they’ve been either favouring technology over design or have been around too short a period of time to earn Iconic status. That’s another downside of having kits that only last a single season.

      Another practical reason we went with this selection was because we were able to physically get hold of these for display in the exhibition. We then had a very tough time narrowing down this selection from over 200 shirts on display, one of which is that redcurrant Arsenal shirt.

  19. Paul Tant
    15th May 2020
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    I am biased as hell admittedly being a Palace fan in my mid-50s, but that Palace shirt is a thing of beauty. Peter Taylor in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge and all that (although that was in the 1975/76 season but with substantially the same strip).

  20. Mark
    15th May 2020
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    Looks like a clear winner. When does voting end??

  21. Justin
    15th May 2020
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    Can’t believe a Roma kit didn’t make it

  22. Davey
    15th May 2020
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    Palace sash. It’s the best of the best!

  23. David
    15th May 2020
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    The Palace 76/77 design is outstanding and must rank in first place. Forget the rest!

  24. Gordon
    15th May 2020
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    The Palace sash without a doubt.

  25. joe hale
    15th May 2020
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    palace sash

  26. Jörgen Hjalmarsson
    15th May 2020
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    Palace 76/77

  27. Rob
    15th May 2020
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    Obviously Crystal Palace sash – just has to be.

  28. Paul Mongan
    16th May 2020
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    Palace sash, ahead of its’ time, trailblazing & iconic..

  29. Ricky Phillips
    16th May 2020
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    Crystal Palace sash for me with out a doubt

  30. Andy
    16th May 2020
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    Palace Sash of course, but I’m biased. With my neutral hat on, it has to be Sampdoria, though I can’t say why, which is probably why it’s so great. Shame it’s not included.

  31. Simon
    16th May 2020
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    Palace, unique and classy, the best

  32. ANDY MILSOM
    16th May 2020
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    The Crystal Palace sash kit defo!

  33. Ollie Weait
    16th May 2020
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    Crystal Palace sash. That era, that shirt, Peter Taylor, enough says.

  34. Evan Grosz
    18th May 2020
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    Agree with Ian that leaving Sampdoria out is a tragedy. All of Samp’s jerseys are one of a kind. Vertical stripe off center, diagonal sash with full unique color combo, and the classical bicycle style horizontal circle stripes. Even the Italian nickname is classic and unique Bluecerchiati, not to mention a corncob pipe smoking sailor to boot!

  35. Edgar
    19th May 2020
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    Palace 1976

  36. Adrian
    19th May 2020
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    Palace sash all day long

  37. Phil
    21st May 2020
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    Wolves 1977-79 strip is iconic, pure class, looks brilliant!

  38. Elvis Wolf
    22nd May 2020
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    Wolves ONLY Wolves!!

  39. Tonesterwolf
    23rd May 2020
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    The Wolves kit is wrong, the umbro badge, w w typeface and neck are off the 1975-77 kit not the 77-79 kit. All these are different on the 77-79 kit but it did include the umbro diamonds down the sleeves which weren’t on the 75-77 shirt. You’ve basically mixed 2 kits up to make one that never existed.

  40. Michael Kelly
    28th May 2020
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    Palace sash nothing else comes even close pure beauty

  41. Scott
    18th June 2020
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    Palace sash is the best by far. No advertising on front or logo down the arms. Simple and unique.

  42. Whitey
    24th June 2020
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    The Palace sash is a thing of beauty.

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