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In around 1903, England must have changed suppliers, as there were two significant differences to the shirts that had been standard attire since 1880.

It is difficult to be absolutely accurate in determining exactly when these shirts were worn, because a) the only close-up photographs from the era were posed studio shots that do not always reveal in which game the shirt was worn, and b) the pictures taken at games are not usually clear enough to spot the distinguishing features of these shirts.

However, there is enough evidence to suggest that this style was worn by the majority of players throughout this twenty-year period. What sets it apart from the previous version are the buttoned-down collar and the fact that there are only three buttons, instead of four, down the front. Some examples appear to show a top button that is more akin to a metal stud and there are also instances of breast pockets being worn on the left, with the emblem sewn on to it. The shorts were still all shades of blue, depending on what each player could bring to the party. This individuality included the occasional wearing of belts to keep the often well-worn garments up. The socks, too, were, invariably, different colours, though we would guess that most were blue or black.

It seems likely that England continued to wear these shirts throughout the war years, but the short tour of Austria and Hungary in 1909 is excluded from the list of matches below, purely because there appears to have been a different badge worn for these games.

The photos above are of a shirt worn in 1912 and they can be seen in more detail at www.urmyhero.co.uk.

Matches in Which England Wore the 1903 Home White Shirt

* these games are based on photographic evidence, the rest are presumed.

1902-03
77 14 February 1903 4-0 vs. Ireland, Molineux Ground, Wolverhampton BC HW
78 2 March 1903* 2-1 vs. Wales, Fratton Park, Portsmouth HW
79 4 April 1903* 1-2 vs. Scotland, Bramall Lane, Sheffield HL
1903-04
80 29 February 1904 2-2 vs. Wales, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham BC AD
81 12 March 1904 3-1 vs. Ireland, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast AW
82 9 April 1904 1-0 vs. Scotland, Parkhead, Glasgow AW
1904-05
83 25 February 1905 1-1 vs. Ireland, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough BC HD
84 27 March 1905* 3-1 vs. Wales, Anfield, Liverpool HW
85 1 April 1905* 1-0 vs. Scotland, The Crystal Palace, Sydenham Hill, London HW
1905-06
86 17 February 1906 5-0 vs. Ireland, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast BC AW
87 19 March 1906 1-0 vs. Wales, Arms Park, Cardiff AW
88 7 April 1906 1-2 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AL
1906-07
89 16 February 1907 1-0 vs. Ireland, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW
90 18 March 1907 1-1 vs. Wales, Craven Cottage, Fulham, London HD
91 6 April 1907* 1-1 vs. Scotland, St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne HD
1907-08
92 15 February 1908 3-1 vs. Ireland, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast BC AW
93 16 March 1908 7-1 vs. Wales, Arms Park, Cardiff AW
94 4 April 1908 1-1 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AD
95 6 June 1908 6-1 vs. Austria, Cricketer Platz, Wien Fr AW
96 8 June 1908* 11-1 vs. Austria, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AW
97 10 June 1908 7-0 vs. Hungary, Millenáris Sporttelep, Budapest AW
98 13 June 1908* 4-0 vs. Bohemia, Stadión Letná, Letná, Praha AW
1908-09
99 13 February 1909* 4-0 vs. Ireland, Park Avenue, Bradford BC HW
100 15 March 1909 2-0 vs. Wales, City Ground, Nottingham HW
101 3 April 1909 2-0 vs. Scotland, The Crystal Palace, Sydenham Hill, London HW
1909-10
105 12 February 1910 1-1 vs. Ireland, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast BC AD
106 14 March 1910 1-0 vs. Wales, Arms Park, Cardiff AW
107 2 April 1910* 0-2 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AL
1910-11
108 11 February 1911 2-1 vs. Ireland, Baseball Ground, Derby BC HW
109 13 March 1911 3-0 vs. Wales, The Den, Millwall, London HW
110 1 April 1911* 1-1 vs. Scotland, Goodison Park, Liverpool HD
1911-12
111 10 February 1912* 6-1 vs. Ireland, Dalymount Park, Dublin BC AW
112 11 March 1912* 2-0 vs. Wales, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham AW
113 23 March 1912* 1-1 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AD
1912-13
114 15 February 1913 1-2 vs. Ireland, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AL
115 17 March 1913 4-3 vs. Wales, Ashton Gate, Bristol HW
116 5 April 1913* 1-0 vs. Scotland, Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London HW
1913-14
117 14 February 1914* 0-3 vs. Ireland, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough BC HL
118 16 March 1914 2-0 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff AW
119 4 April 1914* 1-3 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AL
1919-20
120 25 October 1919* 1-1 vs. Ireland, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD
121 15 March 1920 1-2 vs. Wales, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London HL
122 10 April 1920 5-4 vs. Scotland, Hillsborough, Sheffield HW
1920-21
123 23 October 1920 2-0 vs. Ireland, Roker Park, Sunderland BC HW
124 14 March 1921* 0-0 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff AD
125 9 April 1921* 0-3 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AL
126 21 May 1921 2-0 vs. Belgium, Oscar Bossaert Stadion, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Bruxelles Fr AW
1921-22
127 22 October 1921 1-1 vs. Ireland, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD
128 13 March 1922 1-0 vs. Wales, Anfield, Liverpool HW
129 8 April 1922* 0-1 vs. Scotland, Villa Park, Birmingham HL
1922-23
130 21 October 1922* 2-0 vs. Ireland, The Hawthorns, West Bromwich BC HW
131 5 March 1923* 2-2 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff AD
132 19 March 1923* 6-1 vs. Belgium, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HW
133 14 April 1923* 2-2 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AD
134 10 May 1923* 4-1 vs. France, Stade Pershing, Paris Fr AW
135 21 May 1923* 4-2 vs. Sweden, Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm AW
136 24 May 1923* 3-1 vs. Sweden, Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm AW

 

England's Record wearing the 1903 Home Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 25 17 4 4 51 23 +28 2 11 2.040 0.920 76.0 +13
Away 32 18 9 5 86 33 +53 3 10 2.688 1.031 70.3 +13
Total 57 35 13 9 137 56 +81 5 21 2.404 0.982 72.8 +26

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