Chelsea's top 10 home kits of all time - ranked

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GOAL looks back at the very best Blues home kits of all time...

Based in what is traditionally one of London's trendiest neighbourhoods, Chelsea have always had close links with the fashion world. Their simple navy blue home kits have always had a classy quality to them, with the likes of Umbro, Le Coq Sportif, adidas and Nike all taking up the mantle of designer over the years, with varying degrees of success.

From the simplicity of the early to mid-1970s, the innovation of the 80s and the geometric patterns of the 90s to the modern era, the Blues have worn plenty of memorable kits.

But which are the greatest Chelsea home kits of all time? GOAL runs through its top 10 below...

  1. 2011-12: Champions League glory

    #10 2011-12: Champions League glory

    This was a divisive kit when it was released by adidas ahead of the 2011-12 season, as it broke from tradition with larger white patches on the sleeves and shorts. Chelsea endured a largely forgettable Premier League season while wearing it, too, with Andre Villas-Boas sacked and replaced by Roberto Di Matteo.

    But, against all odds, the Blues pulled off a remarkable FA Cup and Champions League double at the end of the campaign, ending their long wait to claim Europe's top crown. This strip will never be forgotten as a result.

  2. #9 1993-94: The one with Amiga

    You might hate to admit it, but the Amiga sponsor adds so much to Chelsea's 1993-94 home shirt. If you're wondering, Amiga was a family of PCs released by previous main shirt sponsor Commodore, the American home electrics manufacturer.

    Umbro's understated diagonal pattern makes for a very fine shirt all told, and this is one of the most recent home strips to feature a bigger splash of red. Chelsea would wear the same shirt the following year, but with Coors taking over as front-of-shirt sponsors.

  3. 1981-83: French sophistication

    #8 1981-83: French sophistication

    This was the first Chelsea shirt to feature pinstripes, and French designers Le Coq Sportif pulled them off with optimum subtlety. You can always rely on the French when it comes to fashion!

    However, on the pitch this was a torrid time for the club. In their first season wearing the shirt, the Blues finished 12th in the old Second Division, before narrowly avoiding relegation to the third tier a year later as they finished 18th - their lowest ever position in the Football League.

  4. 2003-05: A new beginning

    #7 2003-05: A new beginning

    The kit that coincided with Roman Abramovich's arrival at Stamford Bridge and the immediate success that would follow. Having reached a Champions League semi-final and come second in the Premier League in 2003-04 with Claudio Ranieri at the helm, Chelsea would storm to a first league title in 50 years under Jose Mourinho the following season, and came within Luis Garcia's infamous 'ghost goal' of beating Liverpool to Istanbul.

    A kit that is beautiful in its simplicity with a white V-neck collar, the old 'CFC' and lion badge, and classy Emirates sponsor. It will always be remembered.

  5. 1999-2001: Simplicity done well
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    #6 1999-2001: Simplicity done well

    Although they would win the FA Cup final in 2000, Chelsea never truly tasted the success that was expected of them while wearing this smart Umbro strip from 1999-2001. A title challenge would fall flat in the first season, while club legend Gianluca Vialli would lose his job in the early stages of the next.

    Still, they always looked good on the pitch, with the matching crewneck collar and cuffs making the kit pop alongside the simple Autoglass sponsor.

  6. 1997-99: A 90s classic
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    #5 1997-99: A 90s classic

    Another Chelsea kit that broke from tradition and is associated with a famous European triumph. The large white panels on the sleeves and shorts had never been seen before and haven't been replicated since, while the collar gives it a distinctly 90s vibe. The subtle pinstripes complete a very unique look.

    Under Vialli, Chelsea would taste glory in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup wearing this shirt in 1998, beating Stuttgart in the final courtesy of a strike from Gianfranco Zola. They would enjoy another strong campaign the following season, reaching the latter stages of all the cup competitions and finishing third in the league.

  7. 1987-89: Commodore & cross-hatching

    #4 1987-89: Commodore & cross-hatching

    Umbro had first introduced this original cross-hatch design in the summer of 1987, with computer manufacturer Commodore becoming the club's shirt sponsor in September of that year.

    The combination of their logo and the chequered look has become iconic, with this now among the most sought-after Chelsea shirts for collectors.

    While it was a tumultuous time for the Blues on the pitch, as they were relegated from the first division in 1988 before securing promotion back up at the first attempt, the Commodore era was a good one in terms of kits - with three other exceptional geometric designs arriving in the subsequent years.

  8. 1995-97: Cup final record-breakers
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    #3 1995-97: Cup final record-breakers

    The outstanding home kit from the Coors era of sponsorship, it's a shirt that is synonymous with legends like Zola, Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes.

    The 1995-96 season was a mediocre campaign for Chelsea, but 1997 would deliver a first FA Cup crown in 27 years. Robbie Di Matteo famously scored the fastest goal in FA Cup final history just 45 seconds in with an absolute rocket, as the Blues eventually ran out 2-0 winners over Middlesbrough.

  9. 1984-85: Horizontal stripes
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    #2 1984-85: Horizontal stripes

    A truly iconic kit as Chelsea donned horizontal stripes on their home strip for just the second time in their history. This was Le Coq Sportif at it again.

    The 1984-85 season was all about Kerry Dixon (pictured). In a strong first season following their promotion from the Second Division, the Blues finished sixth in the top flight - thanks in no small part to Dixon's 24 goals.

    The striker was joint-top goalscorer in the First Division alongside Gary Lineker, becoming the first Chelsea player to lead the rankings since Jimmy Greaves more than 20 years prior. He looked pretty cool doing it, too.

  10. 1970 FA Cup final replay: A one-off beauty

    #1 1970 FA Cup final replay: A one-off beauty

    It's often the most simple football kits that are the most beautiful, and this historic one-off from the 1970 FA Cup final reflects that. As a result of a sock colour clash, both Chelsea and Leeds were forced to wear slightly altered kits across a cup final that went to a replay following a 2-2 draw in the first instalment, before the days of extra time and penalties.

    After Chelsea won the toss, Leeds wore red socks in the initial meeting at Wembley before the Blues turned out in an entirely new design at Old Trafford, with the usual white trim, numbering and socks replaced by yellow.

    Chelsea would win the replay after extra time to claim their first-ever FA Cup crown, and they would wear similar altered home kits in games against other teams with white socks regularly throughout the early 70s.