Bradford City’s brief two-year stay in the Premiership 10 years ago was accompanied by a set of superb kits by Japanese firm Asics who were, in my opinion, one of the most under-rated kit suppliers of the 90s. At a time of excess and flamboyance they produced some solid, simple designs – many of which wouldn’t look out of place today.
Their home strip for Bradford (produced towards the end of the company’s venture into Premiership kits) typified their approach. A traditional design, baggy fit and rich colours (in Bradford’s distinctive amber and claret combination) with just a hint of flair – in this case the ‘Bantams’ text embroidered on the button up collar collar. Unfortunately in the kit’s last year of use Bradford succumbed to the pressures of the top flight and were relegated down to the then Division 1.
Since then, the club have sadly slipped down the leagues but at least they can know that during their short spell in the highest level of English football they were one of the best dressed.
Worn in: The vital 1–0 win over Liverpool in the last game of the 99–00 season that ensured Bradford’s survival in the top flight that year.
Worn by: Stuart McCall, Dean Windass and Stan Collymore.