Ranking League One home shirts from worst to first

Andy Warren has ranked League One's kits from worst to first

Andy Warren has ranked League One's kits from worst to first - Credit: PA

Andy Warren goes on his annual journey, in which he ranks every League One home shirt from worst to first.

Crewe Alexandra's Scott Robertson celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the

Crewe Alexandra - Credit: PA

24 - Crewe Alexandra - FBT 

Once upon a time I made the odd decision to have a red wall in my living room. Painting over it, once it became clear the colour was far too angry, was a nightmare. 

This Crewe shirt looks like the early attempts to do that, with white flashed all over the wall but the red still peeking through. It didn’t look good on my wall and it doesn’t look good on this Crewe shirt. 

The Gresty Road side will finish bottom of League One this season and they’re bottom of the kit rankings, too. 

Charlton Athletic's Alex Gilbey (left) and Doncaster Rover's Adam Clayton battle for the ball during

Doncaster Rovers - Credit: PA

23 - Doncaster Rovers – Elite Pro Sports 

Sorry, Doncaster. I just don’t like this one. 

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Take the badge and sponsor off and this kit could easily become a set of very average pyjamas. 

Bolton Wanderers' Ricardo Santos during the Sky Bet League One match at the University of Bolton Sta

Bolton Wanderers - Credit: PA

22 - Bolton Wanderers – Macron 

There are ways of doing white football kits. Keep them sharp and classy, with as few colours as possible. 

Bolton’s shirt has failed to do that. Two different shades of blue and too much red. The sponsor really spoils this kit - think Ipswich Town vs Magical Vegas. 

That’s the price you pay, I guess. 

File photo dated 05-02-2022 of Sunderland's Jermain Defoe. Former England striker Jermain Defoe has

File photo dated 05-02-2022 of Sunderland's Jermain Defoe. Former England striker Jermain Defoe has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 39. Issue date: Thursday March 24, 2022. - Credit: PA

21 - Sunderland – Nike 

I can never get excited about Sunderland kits.  

Nike aren’t offering an awful lot these days and this one from the Black Cats is very functional, doing the job, but not exciting. Can kits with stripes ever be that exciting?

during the Sky Bet League One match at the Wham Stadium, Accrington. Picture date: Saturday March 12

during the Sky Bet League One match at the Wham Stadium, Accrington. Picture date: Saturday March 12, 2022. - Credit: PA

20 - Accrington Stanley - Adidas 

Stanley are using the same kit this season as they did in 2021/22. It ranked 17th then but, such is the ever-changing world of third-tier football kits, it’s slipped a bit. 

It’s going to get some marks for sustainability here, given no clubs seem to use a shirt for more than one season, but it’s still not hugely inspiring. 

Charlton Athletic's Akin Famewo (centre) and Lincoln City's Conor McGrandles (left) battle for the b

Charlton Athletic's Akin Famewo (centre) and Lincoln City's Conor McGrandles (left) battle for the ball during the Sky Bet League One match at the LNER Stadium, Lincoln. Picture date: Saturday October 16, 2021. - Credit: PA

19 – Lincoln City - Errea 

Red and white stripes. Fine. But there’s too much white.  

Surely the budget could have stretched to a bit more red? 

Cheltenham Town's Alfie May (left) and Wigan Athletic's Tendayi Darikwa battle for the ball during t

Cheltenham Town's Alfie May (left) and Wigan Athletic's Tendayi Darikwa battle for the ball during the Sky Bet League One match at The Jonny-Rocks Stadium, Cheltenham. Picture date: Saturday January 29, 2022. - Credit: PA

18 - Cheltenham Town - Errea 

I don’t really like shirts with huge sleeve areas in a different colour to the body, so this Cheltenham shirt is not for me.  

The pinstripes save it from being a horror show, though, with the black cuffs a nice touch as well. 

Rotherham United’s Joshua Kayode applauds the fans following the Sky Bet League One match at the AES

Rotherham United’s Joshua Kayode applauds the fans following the Sky Bet League One match at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, Rotherham. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2022. - Credit: PA

17 - Rotherham United – Puma 

There are too many red shirts in this league and none of them seem to differentiate themselves from each other. 

This is the same as the Cheltenham kit and only ranks higher because I had already placed the Cheltenham picture on our website before doing Rotherham. I couldn’t be bothered to move it. 

Charlton Athletic's Conor Washington has a shot at goal during the Sky Bet League One match at The C

Charlton Athletic's Conor Washington has a shot at goal during the Sky Bet League One match at The Cherry Red Records Stadium, London. Picture date: Tuesday April 5, 2022. - Credit: PA

16 - Charlton Athletic – Hummel 

The Addicks’ black and gold away kit is sexy. Their red home kit is very plain. 

It’s neat and tidy, though. It’s red. There’s too much red in this league. 

Morecombe's Cole Stockton (centre) celebrates scoring their side's third goal of the game with team-

Morecombe's Cole Stockton (centre) celebrates scoring their side's third goal of the game with team-mates during the Sky Bet League One match at The Mazuma Stadium, Morecambe. Picture date: Saturday January 22, 2022. - Credit: PA

15 - Morecambe – Joma 

I appreciate the diagonal stripe but it lacks the impact of some kits in recent years which have featured a real ‘sash’. 

The stripe seems to give up on itself by the time it reaches the bottom and also looks pink in some pictures, like the colours have run. 

Wycombe Wanderers' Adebayo Akinfenwa celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during th

Wycombe Wanderers' Adebayo Akinfenwa celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Sky Bet League One match at Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood. Picture date: Saturday October 30, 2021. - Credit: PA

14 - Wycombe Wanderers – O'Neills 

I love the idea of Wycombe’s kits. I like the unique colour palette and I like the ‘quarters’ design, but I’m not sure about this particular design. 

Using the thin lines to separate the quarters is just messy. Adebayo Akinfenwa deserves better in his final season.

Fleetwood Town's Shayden Morris (left) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during t

Fleetwood Town's Shayden Morris (left) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the Sky Bet League One match at Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood. Picture date: Saturday October 30, 2021. - Credit: PA

13 - Fleetwood Town – Hummel 

The Cod Army are another side using the same home kit as last season. 

It was the best red kit in the rankings and it still is now. It’s got those subtle touches around the shirt which help it stand out. 

Portsmouth's Hayden Carter (left) and Charlton Athletic's Corey Blackett-Taylor battle for the ball

Portsmouth's Hayden Carter (left) and Charlton Athletic's Corey Blackett-Taylor battle for the ball during the Sky Bet League One match at Fratton Park, Portsmouth. Picture date: Monday January 31, 2022. - Credit: PA

12 - Portsmouth – Nike 

This is much, much better than Portsmouth’s dreadful effort last season. 

And they’ve managed that by going with a simple design, losing the red and getting rid of the horrific white collar. 

Scott Fraser bursts between two opponents at Cambridge.

Scott Fraser bursts between two opponents at Cambridge. - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

11 - Cambridge United – Hummel 

This effort appears to be the result of three completely different kits all stitched together. 

The result is interesting. In a league including plenty of dull kits, you certainly score well for ‘interesting’. 

It is a bit of a mess, though. 

Wigan Athletic's Max Power celebrates his sides first goal during the Sky Bet League One match at th

Wigan Athletic's Max Power celebrates his sides first goal during the Sky Bet League One match at the DW Stadium, Wigan. Picture date: Saturday April 2, 2022. - Credit: PA

10 - Wigan Athletic – Puma 

Are these stripes? Surely the blocks of colour are too wide to be stripes? 

Whatever they are, they’re fine. Nice and bold with a lovely gold sponsors logo. 

Gillingham's Jack Tucker reacts after his side concedes during the Sky Bet League One match at the S

Gillingham's Jack Tucker reacts after his side concedes during the Sky Bet League One match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. Picture date: Saturday April 2, 2022. - Credit: PA

9 - Gillingham – Macron 

Inter Milan it is not, but this Gillingham kit is their best offering in a while. 

Simple and effective. It’s not trying to be anything it’s not.  

Charlton Athletic's Scott Fraser (left) and Burton Albion’s Joe Powell battle for the ball during th

Charlton Athletic's Scott Fraser (left) and Burton Albion’s Joe Powell battle for the ball during the Sky Bet League One match at The Valley, London. Picture date: Saturday March 19, 2022. - Credit: PA

8 - Burton Albion - TAG 

The Brewers finished bottom of last season’s rankings with a dreadful effort – this one is much better. 

It reminds me of Spain’s kits from the late 90s, with a huge stripe down one side, while I hugely appreciate the fact the shorts have the shirt’s colours completely reversed. It's probably six spots higher as a result of the shorts.

Well done, Burton. A great improvement. 

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan during the Sky Bet League One match at Hillsborough Stadium, Shef

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan during the Sky Bet League One match at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield. Picture date: Saturday February 26, 2022. - Credit: PA

7 - Sheffield Wednesday – Macron 

The Owls finally have a new kit manufacturer, with their previous partnership with Elev8 producing some absolute shockers. 

This first Macron offering isn’t bad. I like the detailing on the blue stripes and the gold sponsorship logo is nice, too.

Maybe stripes can be ok?

Shrewsbury Town's Josh Vela during the Sky Bet League One match at AESSEAL New York Stadium, Rotherh

Shrewsbury Town's Josh Vela during the Sky Bet League One match at AESSEAL New York Stadium, Rotherham. Picture date: Saturday March 19, 2022. - Credit: PA

6 - Shrewsbury Town – Umbro 

More stripes!

The Shrews have had some shocking kits in recent years, but I actually quite like this one. 

It wasn’t hugely popular when it was launched, given the yellowness of the yellow compared to their traditional amber. Shrewsbury fans want amber. 

I'm not a Shrewsbury fan, though, so I don't really care about that. I like it.

Oxford United's Elliott Moore during the Sky Bet League One match at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford. Pic

Oxford United's Elliott Moore during the Sky Bet League One match at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford. Picture date: Saturday January 1, 2022. - Credit: PA

5 - Oxford United – Puma 

Oxford always figure highly in my League One kit rankings and they’re at the business end of things again this time around. 

They just produce really clean and neat shirts. The lack of green, alongside yellow, helps no end. 

AFC Wimbledon's Dan Csoka in action during the Sky Bet League One match at The Cherry Red Records St

AFC Wimbledon's Dan Csoka in action during the Sky Bet League One match at The Cherry Red Records Stadium, London. Picture date: Tuesday April 5, 2022. - Credit: PA

4 - AFC Wimbledon – Puma 

I always like the Dons’ kits. It’s the striking yellow on blue – the Football Manager sponsorship helps too. 

Another year at the top end of the standings. But will they be in League One to compete in this list again next season? 

Milton Keynes Dons' Dean Lewington during the Sky Bet League One match at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes Dons' Dean Lewington during the Sky Bet League One match at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes. Picture date: Tuesday January 11, 2022. - Credit: PA

3 - MK Dons – Errea 

This is everything the Bolton kit isn’t. It’s sharp, it’s classy and it’s striking because it only uses black on white. 

This is how you pull off white kits. 

Ipswich Town's Sam Morsy celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the Sky Bet L

Ipswich Town's Sam Morsy celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the Sky Bet League One match at Portman Road, Ipswich. Picture date: Saturday March 26, 2022. - Credit: PA

2 - Ipswich Town – Adidas 

Town have worn some lovely kits over the course of the last few years. 

This is another good one, with Ed Sheeran’s sponsorship logo a fantastic addition. The kit it’s on is nice, too. A simple pin-striped design which just works.  

It would be a bit obvious if I just gave the title to Ipswich, though, wouldn't it?

Plymouth Argyle James Wilson (left) and Charlton Athletic's Pape Souare battle for the ball during t

Plymouth Argyle James Wilson (left) and Charlton Athletic's Pape Souare battle for the ball during the Sky Bet League One match at Home Park, Plymouth. Picture date: Saturday December 18, 2021. - Credit: PA

1- Plymouth Argyle – Puma 

This is really similar to the Town kit. A nice body with pin-stripes and an excellent local sponsor – in this case Ginsters. Sadly, the relationship between Argyle and the pasty giants is coming to an end, though.

This might not be hugely popular, but I do like this one a little more than Town’s. Maybe it’s because I’ve only seen it in use a couple of times. A rare and special treat. 

Or maybe it's because I prefer pastry to Galway Girl.

Anyway, well done Plymouth. The title is yours.