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England's Uniforms

England's Home Uniform
October1965 to May1974

1963 Home Uniform
1965 Away Uniform
1974 Home Uniform
 
 

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This classic plain white, rounded-neck jersey, made by Umbro, was worn with navy blue shorts and white socks from 1965 to the end of the 1973-74 season, through all but the evolution of Alf Ramsey's managerial reign. The player numbers appearing on the shirt's back were red, whilst the socks that accompanied the uniform were a plain white, making the strip simple, yet elegant, and that elegance befitted the players it adorned.

Umbro's return to its role as the national team's supplier after a five-year gap, began with them supplying long sleeves for all games, regardless of the conditions. All previous Umbro England shirts had been short-sleeved. Whether it was the thought that the summer weather at the 1966 World Cup would inevitably be very British, or whether there was some other scientific reason, England stuck with long sleeves for the historic tournament, which began in mid-July. This was the furthest into a summer that any World Cup has ever been held.

The climate obviously held no problems for England as they went on to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy (although the white shirt yielded to the red in the final match victory against West Germany), and they did not wear short sleeves again until 1970, despite an appearance at the European Championship final tournament of 1968 in Italy, where England finished third.

By 1969, however, Sir Alf Ramsey was raising concerns about the heat and altitude in the next World Cup, and England experimented with an Aertex lightweight long-sleeved shirt for their tour of Mexico and South America. The two photos to the right at the top of the page depict the number nine shirt worn by Sir Bobby Charlton on this tour (kindly supplied by Simon Shakeshaft, curator of the National Football Shirt Collection at the England Match Shirts website).

A short-sleeved version of the Aertex shirt was worn with plain white shorts and socks in the first round group matches against Romania and Brazil at the World Cup 1970 final tournament in Mexico, and the Aertex shirts were worn again in 1973 and 1974 on foreign tours.

These were England's primary colours during the most successful period in the national side's history, but, regrettably, the strip's last years were marked by a drastic decline in England's fortunes, the failures to qualify for the final tournaments of the European Championship of 1972 and World Cup 1974.

This shirt was last worn during Joe Mercer's stint as caretaker-manager in May 1974. With new manager, Don Revie came a brand new strip made by a new manufacturer as the 1974-75 season began.

Matches in Which England Wore the 1965 Home White Uniform
1965-66
393 20 October 1965 2-3 vs. Austria, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HL
394 10 November 1965 2-1 vs. Northern Ireland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW
397 23 February 1966 1-0 vs. West Germany, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts with the red away change socks, against West Germany.
398 2 April 1966 4-3 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AW
399 4 May 1966 2-0 vs. Yugoslavia, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
400 26 June 1966 3-0 vs. Finland, Olympiastadion, Helsinki Fr AW
401 29 June 1966 6-1 vs. Norway, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo Fr AW
402 3 July 1966 2-0 vs. Denmark, Idrætsparken, København Fr AW
World Cup Finals 1966
404 11 July 1966 0-0 vs. Uruguay, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London WCF HD
405 16 July 1966 2-0 vs. Mexico, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW
406 20 July 1966 2-0 vs. France, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW
407 23 July 1966 1-0 vs. Argentina, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW

Notes

England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the white away change shorts, against Argentina.
408 26 July 1966 2-1 vs. Portugal, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London WCF HW
1966-67
410 22 October 1966 2-0 vs. Northern Ireland, Windsor Park, Belfast BC/
ECP
AW
411 2 November 1966 0-0 vs. Czechoslovakia, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD
412 16 November 1966 5-1 vs. Wales, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC/
ECP
HW
413 15 April 1967 2-3 vs. Scotland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HL
414 24 May 1967 2-0 vs. Spain, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
1967-68
416 21 October 1967 3-0 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC/ ECP AW
417 22 November 1967 2-0 vs. Northern Ireland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW
418 6 December 1967 2-2 vs. USSR, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD
419 24 February 1968 1-1 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC/ ECP AD
420 3 April 1968 1-0 vs. Spain, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London ECP HW

Notes

England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the white away change shorts, against Spain.
421 8 May 1968 2-1 vs. Spain, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid ECP AW

Notes

England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the white away change shorts, against Spain.
422 22 May 1968 3-1 vs. Sweden, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
Euro Champ Finals 1968
424 5 June 1968 0-1 vs. Yugoslavia, Stadio Comunale di Firenze, Firenze, Italy ECF NL
425 8 June 1968 2-0 vs. USSR, Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Italy NW
1968-69
427 11 December 1968 1-1 vs. Bulgaria, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD
428 15 January 1969 1-1 vs. Romania, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD
429 12 March 1969 5-0 vs. France, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
430 3 May 1969 3-1 vs. Northern Ireland, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW
431 7 May 1969 2-1 vs. Wales, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW
431 10 May 1969 4-1 vs. Scotland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW

Notes

England wore an all-white kit with an Aertex shirt in the following three games.
433 1 June 1969 0-0 vs. Mexico, Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, ciudad de México Fr AD
434 8 June 1969 2-1 vs. Uruguay, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo Fr AW
435 12 June 1969 1-2 vs. Brazil, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro Fr AL
1969-70
436 5 November 1969 1-0 vs. Netherlands, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam Fr AW
437 10 December 1969 1-0 vs. Portugal, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
438 14 January 1970 0-0 vs. Netherlands, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD
440 18 April 1970 1-1 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AD
441 21 April 1970 3-1 vs. Northern Ireland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW
442 25 April 1970 0-0 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AD
1970-71
449 25 November 1970 3-1 vs. GDR, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
450 3 February 1971 1-0 vs. Malta, Empire Stadium, Gzira ECP AW
451 21 April 1971 3-0 vs. Greece, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW
452 12 May 1971 5-0 vs. Malta, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW
453 15 May 1971 1-0 vs. Northern Ireland, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW
454 19 May 1971 0-0 vs. Wales, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HD
455 22 May 1971 3-1 vs. Scotland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW
1971-72
456 13 October 1971 3-2 vs. Switzerland, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel ECP AW
457 10 November 1971 1-1 vs. Switzerland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HD
459 29 April 1972 1-3 vs. West Germany, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HL
461 20 May 1972 3-0 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW
462 23 May 1972 0-1 vs. Northern Ireland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HL
463 27 May 1972 1-0 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AW
1972-73
464 11 October 1972 1-1 vs. Yugoslavia, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD
465 15 November 1972 1-0 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff WCP AW
466 24 January 1973 1-1 vs. Wales, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HD
467 14 February 1973 5-0 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow Fr AW
468 12 May 1973 2-1 vs. Northern Ireland, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC AW
469 15 May 1973 3-0 vs. Wales, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW
470 19 May 1973 1-0 vs. Scotland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW
1973-74
475 26 September 1973 7-0 vs. Austria, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
476 17 October 1973 1-1 vs. Poland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HD
477 14 November 1973 0-1 vs. Italy, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HL
478 3 April 1974 0-0 vs. Portugal, Estádio da Luz, Lisboa Fr AD
479 11 May 1974 2-0 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW
480 15 May 1974 1-0 vs. Northern Ireland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW
481 18 May 1974 0-2 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AL
482 22 May 1974 2-2 vs. Argentina, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD

 

England's Record wearing the 1965 Home Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 42 25 12 5 80 30 +50 6 20 1.905 0.714 73.8 +20
Away 26 19 5 2 51 16 +35 4 15 1.962 0.615 82.7 +17
Neutral 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 +1
Total 70 45 17 8 133 47 +86 11 36 1.90 0.671 76.4 +37

 

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