Everton's army shirt evokes glory era of garish goalkeepers

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It had to happen eventually. The lunatic creativity of mid-1990s goalkeeper shirts has finally come back into fashion. First the England kit, a medley of crosses of different shades of turquoise. And now Everton have exceeded even that, with a military camouflage pattern even less conventional than anything from the era of the FA Carling Premiership. Here are the worst of its forebears:

Manchester United 93-94

Peter Schmeichel proudly wore this rather indelicate number in United's second Premiership-winning season. Interlocking blue and yellow chevrons, paired in opposite directions, gave the appearance of a particularly tacky tablecloth. The navy blue collar, a brief concession to formality, is as incongruous as the timid sponsor's name in red.

Newcastle United 93-95

Perhaps the finest Newcastle United team since the early 1950s sported this effort, which saw Pavel Srnicek wearing the worst of nightclub lighting across his chest. The black sleeve trim and blue sponsor's star only pushed the colour scheme further into the attentions of those watching.

Aston Villa 93-95

Nigel Spink left Aston Villa for rivals West Bromwich Albion in 1996, perhaps in protest at being asked to wear a shirt depicting a shattered stain-glass window. A shattered stain-glass window, that is, with a significant logo for a popular yoghurt company at the heart of it. Perhaps the most forceful of its era, even in a crowded field.