Memorable Arsenal away football shirt worn in the 1991/93 season, made by Adidas and sponsored by JVC. Although the template was not exclusive for Arsenal or Adidas, the garish colour combination made it the most iconic variation. Due to the pattern on the football shirt, a cloth background was added on the back to make the players number more visible on the pitch. Adidas' famous 'Bruised Banana' design has inspired fashion, art and other football kits - since its debut back in the 90s. In ’14 Brunei Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota FC played in a football shirt heavily inspired by the Bruised Banana, when they were managed by Steve Kean. The design was also reimagined by Adidas for Arsenal’s 2019/20 Away kit, which was highly anticipated by the clubs supporters.
In September 1991 Ian Wright signed for the club for a record fee of £2.5 million, scoring a hat-trick on his home debut and terrorising the Southampton defence. Managed by Graham Taylor, the side slumped to a zero trophy year in the shirts first season. Despite scoring the most goals in the 1991/92 season and entering the league as Football League First Division champions, Arsenal finished in 4th position (10 points behind league champions Leeds United). They were also knocked out of both the FA Cup and League Cup in the third round after being defeats by Wrexham and Coventry City. However, The Gunners followed that by winning 2 domestic cups the following season by defeating Sheffield Wednesday in both finals.
Worn only once to a 1-0 victory over Turkey on May 1st 1991, England’s Third Kit for the 1990 World Cup has since become a much loved favourite. Worn by the likes of Lineker, Gascoigne and Barnes – the shirt is truly a symbol of 90s football in England. The football shirt was manufactured by Umbro and features an abstract diamond inspired pattern. Although the kit was made for Italia 90, it wasn’t worn until 1991 for the Euro 1992 qualifiers. The football shirt was also famously worn by New Order lead vocalist Bernard Sumner in the video for World in Motion.
There were high hopes for England to succeed in the tournament, especially after being unbeaten in qualifiers and coming top in Group F. However, they were knocked out on penalties in the semi-finals of the World Cup by West Germany. Watch the highlights of the 1991 Turkey 0-1 England game below and see the iconic England football shirt in action.