The most memorable A-League Men kits of all-time

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Over the years there have been plenty of stand-out kits born from the A-League Men competition, with equally stand-out stories behind them.

From palm trees to dodgy sponsorships, this list attempts to highlight five of the most recognisable kits that A-League Men’s teams have worn over the years.

Palm tree kit – Central Coast Mariners 2015/16

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Starting off with a bang, this one can be divisive if rating it on an aesthetics-only basis. Roy O’Donovan’s first stint in the league. Former Barcelona and Liverpool star Luis Garcia popping up to make 10 appearances and score two goals midway through the season. This kit oversaw a bit of a bizarre period for the struggling Mariners.

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But the palm tree – iconic. A nice tribute to the stunning stadium that overlooks the Gosford waterfront.

Classic V – Melbourne Victory 2011/12

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This kit marks a bit of a lean spell in terms of silverware for the Melbourne club, however the players that put on this kit have meant that it earns its spot on the list. One of the original ‘streets won’t forget’ A-League players in Carlos Hernandez was scoring belters left, right, and centre in this little number.

Harry Kewell also joined up with Victory in what turned out to be a short-lived spell, with his initial deal being three years. This kit still remains in the mind of many A-League Men fans from this era.

Freedom of speech – Gold Coast United 2011/12

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After a promising start in their first two seasons, Gold Coast United’s journey was abruptly ended when Clive Palmer didn’t back down from a decision to put “freedom of speech” smack bang on the front of the kit. This ultimately led to the Gold Coast team having their A-League license revoked.

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While this does make for a sad story for many of the players and the very few fans they did have, it also makes for an extremely memorable kit. And that’s why it has found its way into this list.

Del Piero – Sydney FC 2013/14

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In what was a landmark signing for the club, as would be the case for many clubs around the world at that time, Alessandro Del Piero found himself at Sydney FC wearing this glorious Adidas kit. If looking at this kit doesn’t give you flashbacks to a fantastic period in ALM history, then head to a doctor.

While he didn’t manage to carry that Sydney FC team to a title during his time there, he did manage two golden boots and a massive boost in the interest in Australian football. A worthy spot on this list.

9.58 seconds, and he was gone – Central Coast Mariners 2018/19

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Another turbulent time to be a Mariners fan, this kit was made famous by, let’s call a spade a spade, a publicity stunt. Bringing world record holder Usain Bolt on board for a trial was sure to turn a few heads, and that it did.

With the touch of a trampoline, it was no wonder that the fastest man in the world didn’t have his trial made permanent, even after managing to snag two goals against a Southwest Sydney combined XI. Still, it makes for another memorable kit inclusion to round out this list.

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Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Business and Sport Management student at WSU. Interest in Data analysis. Covering the Newcastle Jets ALM and ALW teams for the 2022/23 season.

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