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England's Goalkeeper Uniforms

England's Goalkeeper Uniform
June-October1997

1997 Dark Blue Uniform
1997 Light Blue Uniform
1998 Green Uniform
1999 Yellow Uniform
 
 

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

Description

 
Orange shirt with shadow stripes, wide round black collar, forearm padding and cuffs, with huge shadowed double concentric diamonds running from the orange into the black, down the underarm. White rectangular strip running along outer forearm from the orange down to the cuffs. An inner black shard and an outer white shard beginning at armpit and running down each side of chest. 'UMBRO' in large capitalised white lettering below the collar. Embroidered emblem, with light-blue lions, in the middle of the chest, with white registered trademark underneath left-hand side of emblem. 'ENGLAND' in capitalised white lettering below it. White number, with black border, on reverse and in the centre of the chest, beneath the emblem, in same font as outfield shirts. Surname in an arc in capitalised white lettering, with a black border, above number on the reverse of the shirt. Long black shorts with '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, with orange border in the same font as on the shirt, above the emblem on right thigh. Black socks, with orange turnover and 'UMBRO' in large capitalised orange lettering on front of each sock.
Variations
  • Tim Flowers wore number 13 against Italy.
  • In the World Cup match against Italy, no surname was worn on the reverse.
Appearances

2 - David Seaman

1 - Tim Flowers

Clean Sheets

2 - David Seaman

1 - Tim Flowers

 

This was the first orange shirt ever worn by England and it only appeared three times during a brief four-month period in 1997, when England faced teams wearing blue shirts, as these clashed with the blue goalkeeper kits.

They were three very significant games, however, and England did not concede a single goal when their custodian was wearing this top. The first two games were in le Tournoi de France, when England convincingly beat an Italian team that they were also chasing in their World Cup qualifying group. A single-goal victory followed against the hosts, who would lift the World Cup, just over twelve months later.

Then came the most memorable performance as David Seaman crucially kept a clean sheet in Rome to secure England's passage to the World Cup finals in 1998.

The shirt in the photos above was worn by David Seaman against France. 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).


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

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Glenn Hoddle
Tournoi de France
735  4 June 1997 - Italy 0 England 2 [0-2]
Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes (25,000)
Tim Flowers wore this uniform, alongside England's 1997 white uniform, against Italy's blue shirts, white shorts and blue socks.
736  7 June 1997 - France 0 England 1 [0-0]
Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier (25,000)
David Seaman wore this uniform, alongside England's 1997 white uniform, against France's blue shirts, white shorts and red socks.
Season 1997-98
World Cup Preliminary
739 11 October 1997 - Italy 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stadio Olimpico, Roma
(81,200)
David Seaman wore this uniform, alongside England's 1997 white uniform, against Italy's blue shirts, white shorts and blue socks.

 

England's Record wearing the 1997 Orange Goalkeeper Uniform
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 1 2 0.50 0.00 75.0 +1
Neutral 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Total 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3 1 3 1.00 0.00 83.3 +2

 

David Seaman's Record wearing the 1997 Orange Goalkeeper Uniform
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 1 2 0.50 0.00 75.0 +1
Total 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 1 2 0.50 0.00 75.0 +1

 

Tim Flowers' Record wearing the 1997 Orange Goalkeeper Uniform
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Neutral 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Total 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1

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