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TOP FIVE: Sunderland's worst ever football kits!

Let’s not beat around the bush - the unveiling of the new Sunderland home strip did not go down well at all. And whilst there are more important things the club need to be getting on with (a new manager perhaps?), we attempt to distract from our reality by looking back at some of our worst ever kits.

There will, of course, be other kits that you readers will feel should have made this list. Drop us a message in the comments section below if there are any in particular you think deserved a mention!

5 - Londsale Light Blue/Navy Away kit - 2006-07

Barnsley v Sunderland
"A rascal kit" said Roy Keane.
Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Roy Keane hated this kit - and for that reason, it's in.

Stephen Elliott, in his column for, recently recalled:

I remember he was fuming one day, probably after a defeat(Preston away 4-1) when he had a bit of a rant regarding our strip. It was something along the lines of ‘how are we meant to be taken seriously when we have this rascal kit on?

He went on to say that opposing teams would be coming to Stadium of Light and looking down at us because we were in our Lonsdale gear.

If Roy Keane thought that it was crap then who are we to argue?

4. Le Coq Sportif Pin Stripe Disaster - 1980-81

When Le Coq Sportif creating this almost entirely white monstrosity it caused bemusement amongst the Sunderland supporters who had almost always known their club as a side that play in bold red and white stripes.

Pin stripes? Urgh.

Almost as baffling is the fact this shirt was remade and is still to this day sold in the club shop as a retro offering. If you know someone that owns this strip, do them a favour and bin it.

3. Adidas Pink/Purple 3rd Kit - 2016/17

Stoke City v Sunderland - Premier League
Didier Ndong, as cool as he is, couldn’t even pull this one off.
Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

You would hope designing a kit seemingly based on the colours of the Cheshire Cat would bring grins to the faces of the majority of Sunderland supporters, but it didn’t. Not only did we lose every time we wore this pink and purple mash up, we never even scored a goal in it. Seriously. Not one.

2. Lonsdale’s Black and Silver Away Kit - 2005/06

FA Cup: Brentford v Sunderland
What a stinker of a kit. What a stinker of a season.
Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Jon Stead; Gary Breen getting tortured by DJ Campbell; FIFTEEN points; Tommy Miller - this offering evokes some nightmarish memories.

This was another kit we barely ever won in, aside from a sole derby win at Middlesbrough. Truth be told, I’m not sure I was ever really comfortable with a black kit either - it’d be like Newcastle having a bright red away kit. I still remember the day it was released. Sunderland do not wear black away from home. It’s just not right.

Based on the above reasons, it gets in at number two.

1. Green Adidas Away Kit - 2015/16

Stoke City v Sunderland - Premier League
Jermain Defoe scored plenty in this kit, but it looked like vomit.
Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

It just blended into the grass - those who were at St James Park that day can attest to this.

Whilst there are many good memories you can associate with this particular kit - beating Swansea away, the comeback against Liverpool at Anfield, Defoe scoring a volley against Newcastle in front of the Gallowgate end to name but a few - I can’t take away the fact it actually looked like vomit.


Which of these five kits is the worst? Vote below!

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Adidas Green away kit
    (143 votes)
  • 13%
    Londsale Black away kit
    (150 votes)
  • 28%
    Adidas Pink third kit
    (304 votes)
  • 36%
    Le Coq Sportif pin-stripe home kit
    (393 votes)
  • 7%
    Londsale blue away kit
    (82 votes)
1072 votes total Vote Now

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