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England's Uniforms

England's Away Uniform
May1988 to October1989

1984 Away Uniform
1987 Home Uniform
1988 Alternate Uniform
1990 Away Uniform

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Red short-sleeved shirt, with square rhombus shadow stripes, each with a darker right half and all set slightly to the left of an underlying diagonal grid. Red crew-neck, with three thin white stripes and two thin navy blue stripes in middle. White button on a white rectangular insert beneath the neck, adjoining an overlapping navy blue rectangular insert on the inside of the shirt. Red underarm-half of hem, with outer white front quarter and outer navy blue back quarter on left sleeve, and outer navy blue front quarter and outer white back quarter on right sleeve. Thin white stripe along shoulder. Embroidered emblem on left breast. Two embroidered white concentric diamonds on right breast, with 'umbro' in white lower-case lettering underneath. White numbers on reverse, in the same font as on the previous Umbro England shirts, with a red border, outlined in white.

White shorts, with white drawstring, check shadow pattern and navy blue waistband. Thick navy blue panel comprising lower third of seams, joining two thin navy blue stripes edging upper two-thirds of seams, with a rectangular red block across the middle. Two embroidered navy blue concentric diamonds on left thigh, with 'umbro' in navy blue lower-case lettering underneath. Embroidered emblem on right thigh.

Red socks. Solid white diamonds across tops, edged with two navy blue hoops (the same as for the 1984 red uniform).

  • A long-sleeved version of the shirt was introduced for the games played in 1989. The cuffs were as per the 1984 red shirt; red, with three thin white stripes and two thin navy blue stripes in the middle.
Most Appearances

4 - Peter Beardsley, Gary Lineker, Bryan Robson

  • 24 players wore this short-lived red uniform.

  • Four players made their international debuts in the uniform, with Alan Smith going on to win thirteen caps.

  • Brian Marwood and Mel Sterland made their one and only England appearances in the uniform, with Marwood only appearing for ten minutes.

  • Viv Anderson won the last of his 30 caps in this uniform.

Top Scorers

1 - Tony Adams, John Barnes, Gary Lineker, Bryan Robson


4 - Bryan Robson


Following the white uniform launched by Umbro in 1987, it was a further year before its red equivalent saw the light of day after the 1984 red kit had made two further appearances in the 1987-88 season.

With England poised to compete in the European Championship in Germany, the new red uniform was launched at Wembley against Colombia, a match which saw England lift silverware in the form of the Rous Cup, following the 1-1 draw with the South Americans.

The uniform followed the same design as the white kit, apart from one subtle difference. There was no 'Three Lions' motif on the socks, rendering them identical to those which were worn with the 1984 red kit. Why they were not present is open to speculation. Perhaps, navy blue lions on a red background wouldn't have worked, nor a white patch on red socks, or having the lions appear in white.

With England not requiring a change kit during the 1988 European Championship and Umbro producing new white and red kits in time for the 1990 World Cup, this uniform only lasted for seventeen months, though its last appearance was a battling goalless draw in Poland, which saw England secure their trip to Italy for the World Cup.

Matches in Which England Wore the 1988 Away Red Uniform
634 24 May 1988 1-1 vs. Colombia, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London TC HD
641 16 November 1988 1-1 vs. Saudi Arabia, King Fahd II International Stadium, Riyadh Fr AD
642 8 February 1989 2-1 vs. Greece, Olympiako Stadio Athinas Spyros Louis, Athína Fr AW
650 11 October 1989 0-0 vs. Poland, Stadion Śląski, Chorzów WCP AD


Other Matches in Which England Wore the 1988 White Shorts
645 23 May 1989 0-0 vs. Chile, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London TC HD


England wore the 1987 white home shirt with the 1988 white away shorts, and the 1984 red away socks--against Chile.
649 6 September 1989 0-0 vs. Sweden, Rĺsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län WCP AD


England wore all white--the 1987 white home shirt and socks with the 1988 white away shorts--against Sweden.


England's Record wearing the 1988 Away Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
Away 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 1 1 1.00 0.667 66.7 +1
Total 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 1 1 1.00 0.75 62.5 +1