Last month, Nike unveiled the new 2018-19 Chelsea home shirt, which was greeted with a ... mixed ... reaction. It had its heart in the right place, drawing inspiration from the ‘80s, but the execution, with the random red and white streaks, was questioned, especially before seeing it in action.
The away shirts have not yet been unveiled officially, but we’ve seen plenty of leaks and now they’ve been spotted in the wild as well, thanks to some eagle-eyed Twitter users. Yes, it is yellow. Just as it should be.
Yellow was first used as Chelsea’s away shirt color in the mid-60s. Prior to that, the team played in either white or the nowadays unthinkable red change strips. But the yellow was a big hit and was used for the rest of the ‘60s and early ‘70s, making regular appearances throughout the ’80s and ‘90s as well. The 2000s brought a return of whites and the introduction of black aways or third kits, including each of the last three seasons. But now the yellow is back for the fourth time in the Abramovich Era and the first since the 2014-15 away kit. And it’s just as gorgeous as before, including the famous 2008-09 third kit and the
2006-07 2007-08 away shirts.
Well done, Nike.