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England's Goalkeeper Uniforms


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England's Goalkeeper Uniform
March-November1996

1994 Purple Uniform
1995 Yellow Uniform
1997 Dark Blue Uniform
1997 Light Blue Uniform
 
 

P 3 W 2 D 1 L 0 F 4:A 1
83% successful
2 clean sheets

Description  
Predominantly red shirt with yellow trimmed collar, green, purple and yellow squares overlapping one another across the right half of the chest, interjected with ENGLAND and FA, large navy blue England crest adorning right of the shirt, layered over with paragraphs of FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION. 'UMBRO' in capitalised white lettering below the collar, with an embroidered emblem in the middle of the chest. Plain white number one on reverse. Long red shorts, with yellow, green and purple squares, overlapping trim down the left seam. Embroidered emblem on right thigh, with 'UMBRO' in capitalised white lettering below. Red socks with two green hoops around the middle, with 'UMBRO' in capitalised yellow lettering in-between.
Variations
  • For the first game in which the kit was worn, the socks had alternate yellow and green hoops, with red in-between and 'UMBRO' in capitalised white lettering between the first yellow and green hoops.

  • For the last two games in which the kit was worn, a white number, with a black border, was worn in the centre of the chest, beneath the emblem, in the same font as on the reverse of the shirt.

  • England had logos sewn-on to the upper sleeves for the 1996 European Championship semi-final with Germany. The 'Euro '96' tournament logo was on the right arm and the UEFA Fair Play logo was on the left arm.

  • For the game against Germany, SEAMAN was printed in capitalised white lettering, with a black border, above the number on the reverse of the shirt.

  • A white number, with a black border, in the same font as on the shirt, was worn on the right thigh of the shorts, above the emblem, for the last two games in which the kit was worn.

Most Appearances

3 - David Seaman

Clean Sheets

2 - David Seaman

  • The only goal conceded by Seaman in the three games (including one that went to extra time) was Germany's equaliser, scored by Stefan Kuntz.

Penalties Conceded

David Seaman (six in a shootout)

  • Seaman was unable to stop any of the German spot-kicks, most of which hit the inside of the side-netting as England crashed out of the European Championship.

 

This predominantly all-red garb was the last of the multi-coloured kits worn by England's goalkeepers in the 1990s.  After this kit, which appeared in the Euro '96 semi-final, sanity was thankfully restored and a more sober and traditional image was portrayed in successive uniforms.

A red jersey had not been worn by an England 'keeper since 1970.  This kit only ever appeared alongside the similarly unpopular indigo blue kit, which was a change to the usual policy of only changing the keeper's outfit when there was a colour clash.

As with the outfield kit and the yellow goalkeeper kit, the sock design went through a subtle change for the tournament. In this case, it was undoubtedly for the better as the original pair worn against Bulgaria were a ridiculous hooped combination of red, yellow and green. Against Germany and Georgia they were replaced with just two green hoops. Not a huge change given the grotesque appearance of the entire kit (featured in historicalkits.co.uk's book, 'The Worst Football Kits Of All Time'.

This kit was also worn in the unofficial game against Hong Kong Golden Select in May 1996. The socks had already changed to the 'tournament' design at that stage.

The number 22 shirt above was issued to Ian Walker for the Euro '96 tournament. Walker's shirt appears by kind permission of the National Football Shirt Collection (England Match Shirts), also part of the Neville Evans Collection (curator Simon Shakeshaft).

 

Matches in Which England Wore the 1996 Red Goalkeeper Uniform
Season 1995-96

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Terry Venables
Friendly
718 27 March 1996 - England 1 Bulgaria 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley (29,708)
 David Seaman wore this uniform, alongside England's 1996 indigo uniform, against Bulgaria's white shirts, green shorts and red socks.
European Championship Finals in England
726  26 June 1996 - Germany 1 England 1 [1-1]
AET [1-1] & Penalties [6-5]

Wembley Stadium, Wembley (75,862)
 David Seaman wore this uniform, alongside England's 1996 indigo uniform, against Germany's white shirts, black shorts and white socks.
Season 1996-97

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Glenn Hoddle

World Cup Preliminary
729 9 November 1996 - Georgia 0 England 2 [0-2]
Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi
(48,000)
David Seaman wore this uniform, alongside England's 1996 indigo uniform, against Georgia's white shirts, black shorts and white socks.

 

England's (and David Seaman's) Record wearing the 1996 Red Goalkeeper Uniform
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 0 1 1.00 0.50 75.0 +1
Away 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Total 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 0 2 1.333 0.333 83.3 +2

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