Week 1 - Moments & Football shirts that defined a title race
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The current season is an epic duel between Jurgen Klopps 'Heavy metal football' and Pep Guardiola's 'Tiki-Taka' revolution, at the time of writing the current title picture is changing on a near daily basis with many twist & turns still to come.
As the destination of the coveted trophy edges ever close to finding its home for another year, we have decided to trawl through the history books and reflect on the defining moments and iconic shirts that have unforgettably delivered glory or haunted clubs in title races gone by.Moment: Blackburn Win The Premier League On The Final Day
The Kit: Blackburn Rovers 1994/95
Kenny Dalglish led Rovers to their first major trophy in 67 years as they pipped Manchester United to the championship by a solitary point. Despite losing 2-1 at his former club Liverpool on the final day; their title-rivals could only muster a draw at Upton Park. Built on the prolific ‘SAS’ (Shearer & Sutton) partnership which plundered 49 goals, this achievement documented the club’s remarkable rise which saw them go from division two to the summit of English football in just four years.
Produced by Asics, this cool and refreshing shirt combined Blackburn’s iconic blue and white colours to great effect. It features the blood red ‘McEwan’s Lager’ sponsor and classic club crest bearing the motto ‘Arte Et Labore’ meaning ‘By Skill and By Labour’ - in many ways a perfect synopsis of this outstanding triumph.
Action Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haR3liBeDgI
Moment: Liverpool Edge Newcastle In Seven-Goal Thriller
The Kit: Newcastle United 1995/96
Dubbed the greatest game in Premier League history, this classic encounter had more ups and downs than the yo-yo world championships. As well as putting a dagger into the heart of the Toon’s title aspirations, it handed enormous initiative to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side who at one stage had trailed the Magpies by 12 points.
One of the Premier League’s chief entertainers, Newcastle’s Adidas manufactured kit complete with granddad collar and no-nonsense colours was sponsored by Tyneside-based brewery Newcastle Brown Ale. No doubt Kevin Keegan and his nearly men drunk this by the gallon after their spectacular collapse which saw then finish four points behind the red half of Manchester.
Action Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zepuqNyOp3g
Moment: Manchester United Beat Tottenham On The Final Day For Their Fifth Title in Seven Years
The Kit: Manchester United 1998/99
United’s incredible treble-winning campaign saw them come back from 0-1 down at half-time to overcome Spurs on a nerve-shredding final day of the season at Old Trafford. Goals from David Beckham and Andy Cole proved to be enough as Arsene Wenger’s Gunners missed out on retaining their crown despite equalling the points total that had brought them success the previous season.
The shirt was also a classic with its revolutionary zip collar and subtle red and black stripes around the white collar and sleeve ends. Manufactured by Umbro, it was also the last Manchester United kit to display the sponsor ‘Sharp’. Like the all-conquering team that donned the shirt, it created its own legacy by becoming one of the world's best-selling replica sports shirts of all time.
Action Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pufwF6PGUfs
Moment: Aguero’s Title-Winning Goal
The Kit: Manchester City 2011/12
There’s leaving it late and then there’s Sergio Aguero’s version of turning up to the party on the very cusp of last orders at the bar. Needing a win to secure the Premier League title, City scored twice in added time to turn around a 1-2 deficit at home to QPR and miraculously pip their arch-rivals United for the title - their first in 44 years. It was the diminutive Argentinian who pounced with quite literally the last kick of the season to produce the most dramatic finish ever witnessed in a Premier League campaign.
As well as the players, their kit also made quite a clamour as it combined football and music to create a soundwave graphic that emblazoned the front of the traditional sky blue shirt. Taking inspiration from a section of the fans belting out club anthem Blue Moon, it was the team that Sir Alex Ferguson once described as ‘noisy neighbours’ who ended up knocking through into next door.
Action Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCu5YbUN4mY
Moment: That Gerrard Slip
The Kit: Liverpool 2013/14
Despite his wonderful contribution to English football, Liverpool’s talismanic figure for more than a decade will be remembered for the stumble that allowed Demba Ba to break the deadlock in Chelsea’s 0-2 win at Anfield. Having marched to the top of the table following an 11-game winning streak, this defeat gave control of the title back to Manchester City who would go on to snatch the trophy on goal difference. Gerrard would retire two years later as one of the finest players to have never lifted the silverware that he so desperately craved.
The shirt synonymous with this mortal loss of footing was a clever modern twist on the 1984 European Cup winning shirt with the white three-piece collar set upon a striking red colour scheme. Two embroidered Eternal Flames alongside a 96 logo were positioned on the nape of the shirt’s neck to commemorate the tragic events at Hillsborough in 1989.
Action Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP2eFSinM1E
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