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Chris Beesley

Everton fans' most popular home kit of the Premier League era is revealed

Everton fans have spoken and delivered their verdict on the club's best home kit of the Premier League era.

Last week, ahead of the unveiling of Everton’s 2023/24 kit, which features a collar that pays homage to Goodison Park’s famous Archibald Leitch pattern on its trim from manufacturers hummel, the ECHO launched an online poll with images of all 27 previous home kits worn by the Blues since the 1992/93 season and supporters have been having their say in great numbers with readers rating each of the strips on a 1-10 basis. While all of the kits consisted of primarily blue shirts and white shorts, there have been various other alterations over the years.

Socks usually change between white and royal blue but there have also been notable exceptions of navy blue plus blue and black hoops. Of course Everton home shirts are traditionally royal blue but the 1997-99 version was a distinctly lighter hue and that was also one of the shirts that incorporated a tertiary colour – yellow – with black sometimes being a third element included on shirts.

Let’s find out just what designs you preferred as we reveal (in reverse order), Evertonians’ ranking of their favourite Premier League home kits with their average score out of 10.

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2000-02: 5.38

Those big white panels on what in today's fitted kit era looks like a flapping great sheet of a shirt have not aged well.

1997-99: 5.95

The blue of the shirt was too light plus a dodgy central panel that was originally upside down but spotted by an eagle-eyed fan - like the team who wore it, it only just kept itself off the foot of the table.

2009/10: 6.03

A lesson not to mess with a classic kit. This was a reboot of the shirt worn by the all-conquering 1983-85 Howard Kendall side but the over-sized triangular collar was not a fitting tribute to Everton's greatest team.

2017/18: 6.12

Many saw this Everton kit as being 'too plain' and like something that might be worn in training.

2003/04: 6.13

Everton slumped from seventh to 17th in this shirt so it probably brings back negative memories and some say this shirt looks like it's made of cardboard!

2013/14: 6.14

The controversial and short-lived Everton 'toy town' crest and stitched on double white hoops on the sleeves ensures there's no love lost here despite the team posting their highest-ever Premier League points total.

2002/03: 6.28

Remember the name? This jersey proudly sported a '100 years of top flight football' logo complete with Dixie Dean on the sleeve but for some reason doesn't seem to have been remembered by Blues with any great fondness.

1999-2000: 6.45

The shirt that witnessed Everton's last triumph at Anfield in front of fans to date and brought the Blues into the new millennium but it seems we don't all want to party like it's 1999.

2019/20: 6.56

This kit featured a representation of Archibald Leitch's distinctive criss-crossed steelwork from the upper tier of the Bullens Road stand but fans didnt' seem fussed on such flecks of colour on the shirt.

2004/05: 6.93

The shirt worn in Everton's highest-ever Premier League finish - the heroic and seemingly unlikely fourth place - it also ushered in the Chang era with the prefix 'beer' for the only time. Perhaps its somewhat light hue counted against it?

2015/16: 6.94

Another white triangular collar but seemingly better-liked, presumably due to its more manageable proportions than the 2009/10 model.

2012/13: 7.05

Some classic lines but blue socks as David Moyes' long reign finally came to a close.

2006/07: 7.06

What on face value seems like a fairly-traditional Everton kit, features a rather unorthodox-style round neck collar. Worn for the 3-0 demolition derby of Liverpool at Goodison Park.

2010/11: 7.08

As simplistic as modern Everton kits come. A classic look and this correspondent's personal favourite but it's not standing out from the crowd here.

1992/93: 7.11

The original, but seemingly not the best, this kit was also worn in 1991/92, Everton's last season in the Football League and featured a funky 'EFC' graphic on the sleeve.

2018/19: 7.14

A strong showing for this fan-inspired kit which saw manufacturers Umbro consulting with thousands of members of the fanbase over a 15-month period to canvas opinion.

2022/23: 7.18

So last season but unlike the team who wore it and just escaped the drop after recording the lowest equivalent points total in Everton's history, this kit makes it into the top half.

2021/22: 7.43

More hummel chevrons and a touch of yellow but not as popular as the previous season as you'll see below.

2016/17: 7.46

Simple but effective for Ronald Koeman's only full season at the club. A smidgen of amber rather than Dutch orange but that's more palatable than showing off your red Christmas tree to Blues fans.

2007/08: 7.46

A hint of amber and the old Umbro diamonds, are fans eyes lit up by realtively recent nostalgia for Yakubu's goals and European nights at Goodison?

1995-97: 7.46

Worn for the first time in the 1995 FA Cup victory - Everton's last major trophy to date - albeit with NEC sponsorship for the final time, this kit features the unusual black and blue hooped socks but is also associated with some swashbuckling displays.

2011/12: 7.52

A sturdier material and collar gave this kit an almost polo shirt or even rugby jersey feel but the hint of amber doesn't seem to have done it much harm.

1993-95: 7.73

Plenty of memories for this one with 'The Great Escape' against Wimbledon in 1994 and Joe Royle's 'Dogs of War' marching to the FA Cup final the following season. One of Umbro's crest within a shield designs favoured at the time.

2014/15: 7.80

A surprise high flier perhaps, this kit features a real 'old skool' look. There's a grandad collar and the dark socks are reminiscent of the Everton kits worn by Dixie Dean et al before the Second World War. It's highly unlikely that our online voters recall such days but perhaps it harks back to a seemingly Golden Age at Goodison?

2008/09: 7.80

Sticking to that winning white sock combination but white blue turnovers, was this Everton's strongest Premier League side? They enjoyed an impressive run to the FA Cup final but peaked too early against Chelsea and despite an impressive showing, this kit finds itself the bridesmaid here too.

2005/06: 7.84

The Evertonian connoisseur's choice of white socks is offset by a plain blue collar although there's a thin white line down the side of the shirt. A kit that did better than expected from a season of disappointment in what proved to be Moyes' only bottom half finish after 2004.

2020/21: 8.01

Current manufacturers hummel's first offering but a curious winner given that it was from the lockdown season when hardly any fans got to go to matches and nobody got to see James Rodriguez wear it. Maybe Evertonians are intrigued by such novelty value or perhaps it's just a slick design?

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