Strip! x The Bottom Half

Alan Shearer in a Newcastle United 1995-97 shirt, manufactured by Adidas.

Ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, we're delighted that some of our retro football-themed masks have been snapped up by the National Football Museum. If you're in Manchester, you can buy a selection of our lovely designs at the museum without having to pre-order in advance.

While you're there, you can see over 200 shirts in the museum's current exhibition, Strip! How Football Got Shirty. Naturally, a number of the jerseys we've used as inspiration are on display - fifteen of them, to be exact...

Arsenal 1991-93 (A)

Arsenal 1991-93 away shirt mask

Still one of the greatest change kits of the Premier League era, almost thirty years since its debut. The famous 'bruised banana' actually made its debut in the final year of the old First Division, but was retained for the inaugural Premier League campaign. Often imitated but never bettered, a spiritual successor of sorts was released in 2019/20.

Norwich City 1992-94 (H)

Norwich City 1992-94 home shirt mask

This infamous Ribero kit has gone by a number of nicknames, from egg and cress to the more apt, scatological 'birdpoo' (we sanitised it a little). The pattern was used by a handful of other sides with the same kit supplier, including Burnley and Coventry City, but it worked best in the yellow, green and white of the Canaries.

Norwich City 1994-96 (A)

Norwich City 1994-96 away shirt mask

Staying with Norwich, the museum also has another of the more left-field Canaries jerseys on display, albeit one manufactured by Mitre rather than Ribero. We're not entirely sure why they went for the tartan design, but this was the nineties, where designers had more of an anything-goes mentality.

Hull City 1992-93 (H)

Hull City 1992-93 home shirt mask

The only Matchwinner shirt in this list, but undoubtedly one of their very best. We wouldn't dream of designing a range of Tigers masks without including the all-over tiger-print jersey...

Hull City 2019/20 (H)

Hull City 2019-20 home shirt mask

Hull City endured a troublesome campaign on the field, but at least they looked good while flirting with relegation from the Championship. This shirt is a knowing nod to the 1992-93 classic, without veering too far into Mel B territory. A nice mix of modern and retro from Umbro.

Huddersfield Town 1993-94 (T)

Huddersfield Town 1993-94 third shirt mask

Ugly monstrosity, or misunderstood masterpiece? It's not for us to say, but Huddersfield Town's third shirt is certainly different, whether it's the wallpaper-decor down the left or the crest and sponsor stripe down the right. We imagine it didn't make many appearances on the pitch, but it's getting plenty of outings now.

Watford 1993-95 (H)

Watford 1993-95 home shirt mask

Hummel have produced a number of era-defining shirts, not least the Denmark '86 shirt and the 1992 goalkeeper top (both of which feature in Strip!). This, however, must be considered a classic in north-west London. Incredibly, this was the only Watford shirt to feature those iconic chevrons, before the Hornets switched to Mizuno as their kit supplier.

Chelsea 1994-96 (A)

Chelsea 1994-96 away shirt mask

This Chelsea away shirt features in the Eye-Popping Bangers section of the museum's exhibition, and it's not hard to see why. More than just a grey kit, the various design forms on the shirt - speckles, cross-hatches, stripes and luminous orange panels - help it stand out (which, as we'll see later on, is absolutely necessary when wearing grey kits).

Manchester City 1998-99 (A)

Manchester City 1998-99 away shirt mask

Hi-vis yellow shouldn't really work on a football shirt, but this is one of the occasions where it does. The yellow and navy are accompanied by a subtle, not quite sky blue trim, and the classic Brother sponsor is writ large across the chest. Very fondly remembered by hardcore Citizens for its appearance in the 1998-99 Second Division play-off final.

Newcastle United 1995-97 (H)

Newcastle United 1995-97 home shirt mask

For us, this is the perfect football shirt (and not just because we're from Newcastle). A proper button-up collar, broad stripes, and a local sponsor that truly reflects the region. Absolutely no surprise that it's in the museum's Icons section, and one of our best sellers.

Manchester United 1993-95 (A)

Manchester United 1993-95 away shirt mask

Another in the Icons section, this Manchester United shirt will be forever associated with the king of the kung fu kick. Umbro did an immaculate job with this - subtle stripes, blue and yellow trim, the manufacturer motif everywhere without being invasive. Certainly easier on the eye than the follow-up...

Manchester United 1995-96 (A)

A truly shocking shirt, one which more than deserves its place in the museum's Hall of Shame. Infamously subbed for the blue third kit during half-time en route to a 3-1 loss at Southampton, these jerseys purportedly made players difficult to pick out amongst the backdrop of the crowd. United hadn't won a single game in five appearances wearing this shirt; after the defeat at the Dell, it was never seen again.

The story of the football shirt, told through over 200 jerseys. Discover more in the National Football Museum's latest exhibition, Strip! How Football Got Shirty, on display until the end of the year.