Early 90s really should have had better goggles. But I guess the field probably was still using what they had, vs buying all new JT masks. JT made stuff for motorcross, and their masks became the industry gold standard for many years. Thick Lexan lenses.
In the mid 90s for a hot minute the pro level players wore masks with no face shield, for the same vain reasons, better recognition in pictures and video. But then the rules changed to require face masks as well as goggles.
I remember seeing some British show called The Tribe, which gave off similar vibes. Like a soap opera with teens set in the not too distant post apocalypse future. But I have never heard of Byker Grove before. I assume “Byker” is a name, and no relation to person who bikes?