By Chris Simpson
Seeing this fantastic Adidas shirt again in LeoJuniors classic list conjured up some great flashbacks. The first time I saw this (along with many others I guess) was when the transfer record was smashed and Alan Shearer was unveiled to the Geordie masses.
I remember the Grandad collar being a big leap away from the designs of the time and the material was something altogether different as well. For me, this is quite simply one of the best football tops ever made. Clean lines with straight forward, no-nonsense colours finished off nicely with the partnership of the 'Nookie Brown' sponsors of the time.
Nobody who follows the game can surely forget the side that Kevin Keegan took within touching distance of winning the league in this kit, Les Ferdinand, Phillipe Albert, Rob Lee, David Ginola et al.
Hammering Manchester United 5-0 in the pouring rain is one game which really stands out in the memory whenever I see this shirt. Even the lettering & numbers were really good on this shirt in the days before all Premier League sides had to conform to the standard issue. Quite simply - A classic. I have to agree.