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England's Uniforms

England's Home Uniform
February1984 to April1987

1980 Home Uniform
1984 Away Uniform
1987 Home Uniform
 
 

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Description      
White shirt, with shadow pin-stripes. Navy blue v-neck, with thin white stripe in middle and two thin red stripes either side of it. Navy blue cuffs, with thin white stripe in middle and two thin red stripes either side of it. Thin navy blue stripe along shoulder. Embroidered emblem on left breast. Two embroidered navy blue concentric diamonds on right breast, with 'umbro' in navy blue lower-case lettering underneath. Red numbers on reverse, in the same font as on the previous Admiral shirts, except with a white border, outlined in red.

Navy blue shorts, with white drawstring. White seams, with two thin navy blue stripes, each edged with a thin outer red stripe. Two embroidered white concentric diamonds on left thigh, with 'umbro' in white lower-case lettering underneath. Embroidered emblem on right thigh.

White socks. Solid navy blue diamonds across tops, edged with two red hoops.

Variations
  • An Aertex short-sleeved version of the shirt, with red numbers on the reverse in the old Umbro font last worn by England in 1974, was worn for the games in Mexico and Los Angeles in 1985.
  • A third short-sleeved version of the shirt was worn at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and in the two warm-up games for the tournament, in Los Angeles and Canada. This one featured wider shadow stripes and a plain white hem replacing the cuffs. The red numbers on the reverse were as in the previous year's tour. For the World Cup tournament itself, 'FIFA WORLD CUP MEXICO'86' was displayed in navy blue directly underneath the emblem.
  • When Gary Lineker scored four goals against Spain in Madrid in 1987, two white concentric diamonds were worn at the base of each digit of the red number 10 he wore on his back.
  • White numbers in the same font as on the reverse of the shirts were worn on the left thigh of the shorts, above the Umbro logo, for the 1986 World Cup tournament games.
Most Appearances

25 - Kenny Sansom

20 - Bryan Robson, Ray Wilkins

  • 47 England internationals appeared in this shirt.

  • Kenny Sansom had also worn the previous white shirt (1980) the most.

  • Nineteen players won their first cap in the shirt, including Gary Lineker, who went on to win 80 caps, Tony Adams, who won 66, and Chris Waddle, who won 62.

  • Nineteen players made their last international appearance in this shirt, including Ray Wilkins’ 84th cap, Trevor Francis’ 52nd and Paul Mariner’s 35th.

  • Of the five players that won all of their caps in this shirt, only two (Steve Hunt and Alan Kennedy) appeared more than once, but their international careers were over after their second game. Hunt had been substitute in both of his appearances.

Top Scorers

11 - Gary Lineker

5 - Bryan Robson

4 - Mark Hateley, Tony Woodcock

  • Seven players scored their first international goal in the shirt, with Gary Lineker going on to hit 48 for England.

  • Tony Woodcock was one of eight players to score his last goal for England in this shirt, when he netted for the sixteenth time at international level.

  • Only three players scored all of their international goals in this shirt, and of them, only Viv Anderson scored twice.

Captains

20 - Bryan Robson

6 - Ray Wilkins

1 - Terry Butcher

  • All of Bryan Robson’s appearances in this shirt were as captain.

  • Terry Butcher led the team out for the first of seven games as captain.

 

England returned to Umbro at the beginning of 1984, signing a five-year contract worth £1m. The red and royal blue flamboyance of the previous Admiral kits was gone and in its place was a predominantly white shirt, with only very minor red and navy blue edgings.

One other noticeable feature was that of the Three Lions emblem appearing on the shorts for the first time, a welcome addition.

This kit saw off the British Championship after a century of competition, but it was also worn for England's first ever away win in Brazil, a most unexpected result coming off the back of a very disappointing season for Bobby Robson's side, who had failed to qualify for the 1984 European Championship in France. The Brazil game also gave us a glimpse of the shorts and socks from the new red uniform, revealed in its entirety in the next game, in Uruguay.

England qualified unbeaten for the next World Cup in Mexico and travelled out a year early to experience the climate in advance. Just as in 1969 and '70, an Aertex version of the shirt was used and the design was further modified for the tournament itself, in 1986, when the cuffs were removed for extra ventilation, though the shirt was not in the Aertex material.

After the traumas of the 'Hand of God', England returned home to set about qualifying for the 1988 European Championship finals in fine style and in May 1987, Umbro upgraded the white uniform, a sure sign that all was well in their blossoming relationship with the national team.

Matches in Which England Wore the 1984 Home White Uniform
1983-84
585 29 February 1984 0-2 vs. France, Parc des Princes, Paris Fr AL
586 4 April 1984 1-0 vs. Northern Ireland, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW
587 2 May 1984 0-1 vs. Wales, Y Cae Ras, Mold Road, Wrexham AL
588 26 May 1984 1-1 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AD
589 2 June 1984 0-2 vs. USSR, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HL
590 10 June 1984 2-0 vs. Brazil, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro Fr AW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt with the 1984 white away change shorts, and the 1984 red change socks against Brazil.
592 17 June 1984 0-0 vs. Chile, Estadio Nacional de Chile, Ñuñoa, Santiago Fr AD

Notes

England wore the white home shirt with the 1984 white away change shorts, and the 1984 red change socks against Chile.
1984-85
593 12 September 1984 1-0 vs. GDR, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
595 14 November 1984 8-0 vs. Turkey, Inönü Stadyumu, İstanbul WCP AW
596 27 February 1985 1-0 vs. Northern Ireland, Windsor Park, Belfast AW
597 26 March 1985 2-1 vs. Republic of Ireland, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
598 1 May 1985 0-0 vs. Romania, Stadionul 23 August, Bucureşti WCP AD
599 22 May 1985 1-1 vs. Finland, Olympiastadion, Helsinki AD
600 25 May 1985 0-1 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow TC AL

Notes

England wore Aertex shirts for the following three games:
601 6 June 1985 1-2 vs. Italy, Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, ciudad de México, Mexico TC NL
602 9 June 1985 0-1 vs. Mexico, Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, ciudad de México AL
604 16 June 1985 5-0 vs. USA, The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park, Los Angeles Fr AW

Notes

England wore all white, the white home shirt with the 1984 white away change shorts, and white home socks against USA.
1985-86
605 11 September 1985 1-1 vs. Romania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HD
607 13 November 1985 0-0 vs. Northern Ireland, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HD
608 29 January 1986 4-0 vs. Egypt, Nasser Stadium, Cairo Fr AW
610 26 March 1986 1-0 vs. USSR, Dinamo Stadion, Tbilisi, Georgia Fr AW
611 23 April 1986 2-1 vs. Scotland, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London TC HW
1986-87
620 15 October 1986 3-0 vs. Northern Ireland, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London ECP HW
621 12 November 1986 2-0 vs. Yugoslavia, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HW
622 18 February 1987 4-2 vs. Spain, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid Fr AW

Notes

England wore all white, the white shirt with the 1984 white change shorts, and white socks against Spain.
623 1 April 1987 2-0 vs. Northern Ireland, Windsor Park ECP AW
624 29 April 1987 0-0 vs. Turkey, Atatürk Stadyumu, İzmir AD

 

Other Match in Which England Wore the 1984 Home Blue Shorts
1985-86
606 16 October 1985 5-0 vs. Turkey, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HW

Notes

England wore the 1984 red change shirt with the blue home shorts, and 1984 red change socks against Turkey.

 

England's Record wearing the 1984 Home Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 9 6 2 1 12 5 +7 2 5 1.333 0.556 77.8 +5
Away 17 8 5 4 29 9 +20 7 10 1.706 0.529 61.8 +4
Neutral 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 00.0 -1
Total 27 14 7 6 42 16 +26 9 15 1.556 0.593 64.8 +8

This shirt was commercially available from its outset via the mail order department at Wembley Stadium.

England pose for the camera prior to the World Cup qualifying match with Romania in Bucharest in 1985.

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