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England's Goalkeeper Uniforms

England's Goalkeeper Uniform

1996 Red Uniform
1997 Dark Blue Uniform
1997 Orange Uniform
1998 Green Uniform

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Royal blue and turquoise striped shirt with 'FA' in shadowed large capitals, outlined in turquoise, repeating in lines around the shirt, but in reverse on the left side of the shirt, bound by a central black stripe, fading into the blue stripes bordering it and with each alternate line being upside down. Black v-shaped collar, and cuffs. Shoulder panel with three black stripes with a turquoise stripe and a blue stripe, ending in a diagonal line getting wider towards the armpits. Middle black stripe of shoulder panel continues down to shirt hem. Embroidered emblem, with light-blue lions, in centre of chest, with white registered trademark underneath left-hand side of emblem, 'ENGLAND' in capitalised white lettering below it and 'UMBRO' in large capitalised white lettering above it. White number one, with black border, on reverse and in the centre of the chest, beneath the emblem, in same font as on red outfield shirt. Long black shorts with royal blue right seam bounded by turquoise stripes on each side. 'UMBRO' in large capitalised white lettering on left thigh. Embroidered emblem on right thigh, with white registered trademark underneath left-hand side of emblem and 'ENGLAND' in capitalised white lettering below it. White number one, with turquoise border in the same font as on the shirt, above the emblem on right thigh. Black socks, with royal blue turnover, two white hoops across each. 'UMBRO' in large capitalised white lettering on front of each sock.
  • Against Brazil, SEAMAN was worn above the number one on the reverse in capitalised white lettering, with a black border, in the same font as the red outfield shirt.


2 - David Seaman

Clean Sheets

1 - David Seaman


Despite a navy-blue goalkeeper's kit being introduced for the Easter international against Mexico, the FA saw fit to send David Seaman out in another blue kit (paired with black shorts and socks), just two months later.

It is difficult to understand why this was necessary, especially as it disappeared after only two games, both played at the end of the 1996-97 season.

The shirt in the first two photos (above left) was worn by David Seaman against Brazil. It appears here by kind permission of the National Football Shirt Collection (England Match Shirts), also part of the Neville Evans Collection (curator Simon Shakeshaft).

Above right is a back view of Rhys Evans' youth shirt, without his name on it. It is part of Ed Holland's Wolves Football Shirts Instagram collection (front view is at the bottom of the page).

Matches in Which England Wore the 1997 Light Blue Goalkeeper Uniform
Season 1996-97


Glenn Hoddle
World Cup Preliminary
734 31 May 1997 - Poland 0 England 2 [0-1]
Stadion Slaski, Chorzów
David Seaman wore this uniform, alongside England's 1997 white uniform, against Poland's all-red kit.
Tournoi de France
737 10 June 1997 - England 0 Brazil 1 [0-0]
Parc des Princes, Paris (33,000)
David Seaman wore this uniform, alongside England's 1997 red uniform, against Brazil's yellow shirts, blue shorts and white socks.


England's (and David Seaman's) Record wearing the 1997 Light Blue Goalkeeper Uniform
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Neutral 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 00.0 -1
Total 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0

Rhys Evans' England youth shirt (note the scroll below the emblem, with YOUTH in white).