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SBN Kit Week: the best and worst Tottenham Hotspur away kits

We’ve done the homes. Time to vote for the aways!

SOCCER: JUL 29 International Champions Cup - Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s Kit Week at SB Nation, and blogs all over the network are looking at kits/shirts/jerseys, their importance to sports and sporting culture, and what we love (and hate) about them!

Yesterday, we looked at what we considered the best Tottenham Hotspur home kits of the Premier League era and had you vote on your favorite. But while Spurs home kits are pretty much always predominantly white, you can’t say the same for the away kits. Those are generally speaking blue, but can vary as we’ve seen throughout Spurs’ long history.

So like we did yesterday, the masthead compiled its favorite and least-favorite away kits (not THIRDS, those are its own category) and you get to vote on which one you think is the best, and worst.

Remember, these are restricted to the Premier League era, because reasons.

Best Away Kit

1995-1996 Hewlett Packard (Pony)

Soccer - FA Carling Premiership - Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Photo by Laurence Griffiths/EMPICS via Getty Images

Purple has a long tradition of being included as a change color at Tottenham Hotspur. More on that later, but this was one of the earlier incarnations. The contrast between the purple and blue stripes combined with the white logo and the shield crest made this a striking shirt.

2005-06 Thomson (Kappa)

Tottenham Hotspur’s, Edgar Davids (stan Photo credit should read GLENN CAMPBELL/AFP via Getty Images

Look, nobody LOVED the Thomson-era shirts, mostly because of the red logo. But these aways, featuring a royal blue and yellow combination, were unlike anything Spurs had worn before this point. They’re great!

2013-14 “Super Cyan” HP (Under Armor)

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur - St Marys’ Stadium Photo by Clive Gee/PA Images via Getty Images

We already nominated the 2013-14 home kits as one of the best in the Premier League era. Well, the aways were pretty sharp too. Call them “super cyan” or “highlighter blue,” it’s a color (if not an exact shade) that pops up frequently in Spurs’ history, and they really pop.

2016-17 AIA (Under Armor)

AS Monaco FC v Tottenham Hotspur FC - UEFA Champions League Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

They didn’t wear them very often — just a handful of times and mostly in Europe — but Spurs have rarely looked as good as they did when wearing these blue kits with the gold trim.

2017-18 AIA (Nike)

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Nike has had its ups and downs since becoming Spurs’ primary kit manufacturer (mostly downs, to be honest) but they absolutely nailed it with these navy away kits. The all-blue with white trim looked like a classic Spurs kit, especially with the AIA logo, and the shield crest was an especially nice touch. I’m looking for one of these on eBay.


Which Spurs away kit is the best?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    1995-96 Hewlett Packard (Pony)
    (62 votes)
  • 3%
    2005-06 Thomson (Kappa)
    (29 votes)
  • 17%
    2013-14 HP (Under Armor)
    (149 votes)
  • 36%
    2016-17 AIA (Under Armor)
    (323 votes)
  • 35%
    2017-18 AIA (Nike)
    (313 votes)
876 votes total Vote Now

Worst Away Kit

Hoo boy, there’s some good competition in this poll! Let’s dig right in.

1994-95 Holsten (Umbro)

Illie Dumitrescu of Tottenham Hotspur

There’s a way to do a good blue/purple away kit. This ain’t it. The weird purple diagonal pattern takes away from what could’ve been a fantastic Holsten kit. The 90s were a weird time, man. (Fun fact: there are more pictures in the Getty editor of Jurgen Klinsmann getting in and out of his Volkswagon Beetle convertible than there are of Spurs playing in these kits.)

2010-11 Autonomy (Puma)

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur - Reebok Stadium Photo by Anna Gowthorpe/PA Images via Getty Images

As good as the 2010 home kits were (and they were fantastic) the aways were just as underwhelming. The weird two-color shoulder detail was off-putting, and otherwise it was just a blah muted powder blue shirt with a bad Autonomy logo on it. Hard pass.

2014-15 “Roadkill” AIA (Under Armor)

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images

These black kits quickly got dubbed the “roadkill kits” because of the inexplicable yellow tire track down the center. A forgettable kit in a forgettable season for Under Armor.

2015-16 AIA (Under Armor)

Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images

During the Year of the Sash, these were the away kits, and the gradated front detail was meant to evoke that sash design. Full disclosure: I own this kit with Harry Kane at the back that I bought on discount at the club store when I was in London. I love it because it’s tied to my memories of that trip (and because it was cheap) but I’m not going to sit here and try and say it was a GOOD kit. Because it wasn’t. Certainly was unique, though.


Which Spurs away kit is the worst?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    1994-95 Holsten (Umbro)
    (123 votes)
  • 15%
    2010-11 Autonomy (Puma)
    (118 votes)
  • 31%
    2014-15 "Roadkill" AIA (Under Armor)
    (244 votes)
  • 36%
    2015-16 AIA (Under Armor)
    (284 votes)
769 votes total Vote Now