Crystal Palace are famous for their red and blue home kits that have been worn consistently by players going back almost 100 years.
The club have experimented from time to time, but for most seasons have proudly worn their iconic striped home shirt that is instantly recognisable for fans across the country.
Away kits have been an entirely different story, however. The club have tried out several strips over the years including all-yellow affairs, the occasional black kit and the traditional sash stretching diagonally across the front of the shirt.
Away kits are a big focus this Christmas due to homelessness charity Shelter’s #NoHomeKit campaign.
We’ve teamed up with Shelter for the campaign, which will see football clubs across the country wear away or third kits to raise awareness of the increasing number of rough sleepers and unsafe housing.
Fans are also encouraged to wear their away kits to games on Boxing Day or December 27, with Shelter hoping the campaign will help to generate funds to help tackle the issue.
More than 180,000 households have been made homeless since the start of the pandemic, with families – many of which contain children – being placed in hostels that Shelter consider unsuitable.
As such, we’re encouraging readers to wear their Crystal Palace away kits on Boxing Day or December 27 and, to give you some help over which kit you decide to wear, here are our favourites.
2018/19 Away kit
One of the more modern efforts from Crystal Palace, this away kit from the 2018/19 season is one of the club’s classiest offerings. The iconic sash features across the chest, and bright red and blue come out vibrantly against the classic white.
This was the first offering from new supplier Puma, who took over from Macron in 2018 on a four-year deal. It instantly became a fan-favourite and even won a poll in 2020 to be crowned as Palace’s best away kit of the Premier League era.
There wasn’t too much to shout about on the pitch this season, as Palace finished a reasonable 12th in the table and lost in the FA Cup quarter-finals to Watford.
This number will always go down in Palace history as a staple of the away strip genre. This was the last away offering from the Championship years, with the Eagles getting promoted via the Play-Offs at the end of the 2012/13 season.
For that reason, it will always hold a special place in many supporters’ hearts. It was in this kit, after all, that Wilfried Zaha scored twice at the home of rivals Brighton & Hove Albion to send Palace through to the Play-Off final at the Seagulls’ expense.
Another beauty of a kit – this effort from the 1996/97 season is a glorious shirt that served as inspiration for Adidas’ change strip for France at Euro 96.
The iconic red is subtly hidden in the shirt but stands out with the TDK sponsor in the middle – another iconic part of Palace’s history from the 1990s.
This shirt will also always be linked to success, as the Eagles secured promotion to the Premier League under Steve Coppell during this season via the Play-Offs.
Whilst the festive season is always a massive time for football, it is also a period when those in help need it most, and Shelter says there is a ‘housing emergency’ this December.
Shelter offers a number of services that aid those in need, such as one-to-one help with housing issues, a 365-day free emergency hotline and free legal advice from its solicitors.
For every £1 donated to Shelter, 79p is spent directly on helping people through advice, support and campaigning, and a further 21p is spent on more fundraising.