Newcastle’s pre-season friendly against Darlington on Friday saw Alan Pardew’s men don the 2011/12 away shirt, and it’s a stunning one as well. The orange number is sure to lead to a number of headlines along the lines of ‘the future’s bright’, the future’s orange, but I’m happy to put up with those to see Newcastle play in a decent looking kit.
While Newcastle’s home shirt is always a variation on the famous black and white stripes, the Magpies have experimented with their away kits over the years, and not always with great success.
However, since Puma took over the manufacturing of the Newcastle kit from Adidas, it’s fair to say they’ve made a decent attempt at the away shirts. Last year’s all blue shirt and this year’s orange kit are definitely a step up from some of the past efforts.
There was of course the 2009 Newcastle away shirt nicknamed the banana, with the purple shirt preceding that, while in the years prior to that many were a variation on dark blue / black. But what’s your favourite Newcastle away shirt of the 21st century?
I’ve trawled through the archive to dig out the Newcastle away shirts since 2000 to jog your memory and remind you how good, or bad, some of our shirts have been. Check out the gallery and pick your favourite.