1995-1996 - "Blue and Green" away shirt - Kelly 2

Blue And Green Kelly Away Shirt

The Shirt

The "Blue and Green" Thistle Hotels away shirt is another favourite with Leeds fans. It was worn between 1994 and 1996, 2 seassons into Leeds' kit deal with asics.

This particular shirt was worn in the 1995/96 season. There are certain features which differentiate the shirt from a replica - the Leeds badge is machine stitched while on the replica the badge was felt embossed, the number on the back is player spec, as are the Premier League sleeve patches.

The shirt is made of polyester. The number on the back is in stretchy felt, machine stitched to the shirt. The sleeve patches are machine pressed felt as opposed to the stitched versions used in previous seasons. The shirt was used in the league and shows clear signs of wear.

The Season

1995/96 will be mostly remembered for Tony Yeboah's goals, reaching the Coca Cola Cup Final at Wembley and a stunning away victory in Monaco in the UEFA Cup.

The squad was largely unchanged for the 1995/96 season until Christmas when Leeds signed Swedish World Cup star Tomas Brolin from Parma for a club record £3.5m. Brolin went on to be named 2nd in the Times' "50 Worst Players To Grace The Premier League" in 2007.

On the field Leeds struggled in the league and finished a disappointing 14th. More success came in the cups where Leeds reached the 5th round of the FA Cup and the final of the Carling Cup where we sadly lost to a much stronger Villa side.

Leeds briefly shon in Europe thanks to a sensational Tony Yeboah hattrick beating Monaco 3 nil in France. Leeds were subsequently knocked out in the 2nd round by PSV Eindhoven.

The Player

The shirt was worn by Leeds right back Gary Kelly. Kelly joined Leeds as a trainee and made his debut in 1991/92 season.

Kelly was a one club man and was a regular for Leeds until he retired in 2007 making over 400 appearances for the club. He was also a regular with the Republic of Ireland winning 51 caps and representing his country in two World Cups in 1994 and 2002. He was given a testomonial game against Celtic at Elland Road which raised over £1m for cancer charities in Ireland.

Kelly is number 24 in the 100 Greatest Leeds Players list.

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