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England's Home Uniform
November1954 to November19
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1949 Home Uniform
1954 Away Uniform
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This lightweight v-necked shirt, the first England shirt made by Umbro, made its first appearance against Wales in the second match of the 1954-55 season, after their first game, in Belfast, had seen the final appearance of the short-sleeved collared shirt worn at the 1954 World Cup. The new shirt's virtues were simplicity and economy; it was nothing more than a white tee-shirt with a badge on it, but this 'Continental' style was about to be adopted by most of the Football League clubs.

Whilst it was not particularly attractive, the new kit served notice that England had learnt some lessons from their encounters with Hungary during the preceding season. They had also had to endure two World Cups in the sunnier climes of Brazil and Switzerland, in bulky attire more suited to the English winter. England were about to emerge from splendid isolation into the modern footballing world.

The dark navy blue shorts became much shorter and tighter-fitting than the baggy variety worn previously. England experimented with shiny rayon shorts for their 1955 tour of the continent. At first, the black socks were the same as with the previous shirts and shorts, with a broad white band at the top. A red version of the white-topped socks continued to be worn whenever England faced a team that wore blue socks, as Northern Ireland and Scotland did at the time. This meant that they had to change in two of their three British Championship fixtures each season. The colour of the socks was also coordinated with the colour of the numbers on the back of the shirt, so when England wore their black socks, the numbers on the back of their shirts were black and when they wore red socks, they were paired with red numbers. However, when they travelled abroad, on their end-of-season tours, they made no such concessions, only wearing black socks. This was, perhaps, due to a lack of knowledge about what their opponents would be wearing or, possibly, to minimize the amount of luggage that they had to take with them.

England decided to promote their red socks to first choice at the beginning of the 1956-57 season. Twelve months later, a new red pair was introduced, incorporating a white band around the calf, together with a second-choice navy blue (or black) equivalent. Unlike nowadays, where change colours have to be aired for the replica-buying public; in the 1950s, teams tried to appear in their first-choice colours in every single game. In fact, England went for three years (1956-59) without wearing anything other than white shirts. Imagine what a nightmare that would be for the likes of Nike in the 21st century!

The 1957 sock design lived on beyond the Umbro shirts and was paired with the Bukta England shirt on many occasions right up until 1963. It could even be found at the odd England training session in 1966.

England's shirts continued to be adorned with the Three Lions emblem, embroidered onto the white tee-shirts, together with the opponents' name in a scroll, and the year, or, in the case of the British Championship fixtures, the season, in red underneath the scroll.  At the end of the 1954-55 season, the shirts worn in France, Spain and Portugal all bore the words CONTINENTAL TOUR 1955 within the scrolls and no year or season was displayed beneath. For the game in Paris, they appeared for the second half without any emblems. This happened on one or two occasions during the fifties and sixties, when fresh training shirts were introduced for the remainder of the match to replace sweaty or muddied originals.

The scrolls were then scrapped for the 1955-56 season, though it appears that they were still made and presented to the players, without actually being worn on the shirts. However, they were back on display again after a season's absence, though after 1957, they would not appear in every game. The 1958 World Cup was excluded from the practice, as had the previous two tournaments, because of the potential for games to be organised at short notice, with not enough time to get the appropriate emblems to Sweden. England also decided not to wear the scrolls in the British Championship fixtures following the 1956-57 season.

After appearing to have been the sole supplier for over four years (1954-58), Umbro went through a period of sharing supply duties with Bukta, before the latter began their own exclusivity. It is believed that the Football Association only made agreements with distributors and not the manufacturers direct, hence the differences from game to game. In 1959, England appear to have worn Umbro in all but two international fixtures, and then, apart from a single game in the red shirt, in 1961, they did not wear Umbro again until 1965.

Matches in which England wore the 1954 Home White Uniform
1954-55 Please note, between 1954 and 1956, England's first-choice socks were black, with white tops and the second-choice socks were red, with white tops.
292 10 November 1954 3-2 vs. Wales, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW
294 2 April 1955 7-2 vs. Scotland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts, with the red change socks, against Scotland.
295 15 May 1955 0-1 vs. France, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris Fr AL
296 18 May 1955 1-1 vs. Spain, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid Fr AD
297 22 May 1955 1-3 vs. Portugal, Estádio do Futebol Clube do Porto, Oporto Fr AL
1955-56
298 2 October 1955 5-1 vs. Denmark, Idrćtsparken, Křbenhavn Fr AW
299 22 October 1955 1-2 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AL
300 2 November 1955 3-0 vs. Northern Ireland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts, with the red change socks, against Northern Ireland.
301 30 November 1955 4-1 vs. Spain, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
302 14 April 1956 1-1 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AD

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts, with the red change socks, against Scotland.
303 9 May 1956 4-2 vs. Brazil, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts, with the red change socks, against Brazil.
304 16 May 1956 0-0 vs. Sweden, Rĺsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län Fr AD
305 20 May 1956 5-1 vs. Finland, Olympiastadion, Helsinki Fr AW
1956-57 Please note, for this season only, England's first-choice socks were red, with white tops and the second-choice socks were black, with white tops (i.e. the previous first choice).
307 6 October 1956 1-1 vs. Northern Ireland, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD
308 14 November 1956 3-1 vs. Wales, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts, with the black change socks, against Wales.
309 28 November 1956 3-0 vs. Yugoslavia, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts, with the black change socks, against Yugoslavia.
310 5 December 1956 5-2 vs. Denmark, Molineux Ground, Wolverhampton WCP HW
311 6 April 1957 2-1 vs. Scotland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW
312 8 May 1957 5-1 vs. Republic of Ireland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HW
313 15 May 1957 4-1 vs. Denmark, Idrćtsparken, Křbenhavn AW
314 19 May 1957 1-1 vs. Republic of Ireland, Dalymount Park, Dublin AD
1957-58 Please note, between 1957 and 1962, England's first-choice socks were red, with a white band around the calf. Until 1960, the second-choice socks were blue with a white band around the calf (though other variations were worn on occasion).
315 19 October 1957 4-0 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt, with blue shorts and (blue change) socks, against Wales.
316 6 November 1957 2-3 vs. Northern Ireland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HL
317 27 November 1957 4-0 vs. France, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts, with plain white socks, against France.
318 19 April 1958 4-0 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AW
319 7 May 1958 2-1 vs. Portugal, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
320 11 May 1958 0-5 vs. Yugoslavia, Stadion Jugoslovenska Narodna Armija, Beograd Fr AL
321 18 May 1958 1-1 vs. USSR, Lenin Stadium, Moskva Fr AD
World Cup Finals 1958
322 8 June 1958 2-2 vs. USSR, Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg, Sweden WCF ND
324 15 June 1958 2-2 vs. Austria, Ryavallen Stadion, Borĺs, Sweden ND
325 17 June 1958 0-1 vs. USSR, Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg, Sweden ND
1958-59
326 4 October 1958 3-3 vs. Northern Ireland, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD
327 22 October 1958 5-0 vs. USSR, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt, with blue shorts and (blue change) socks, against USSR.
328 26 November 1958 2-2 vs. Wales, Villa Park, Birmingham BC HD

Notes

England wore the white home shirt, with blue shorts and (blue change) socks, against Wales.
330 6 May 1959 2-2 vs. Italy, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD
331 9 May 1959 0-2 vs. Brazil, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracană, Rio de Janeiro Fr AL

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and red socks, with the white away change shorts, against Brazil.
333 24 May 1959 1-2 vs. Mexico, Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad Universitaria, ciudad de México Fr AL

Notes

England wore all white; the white home shirt, with the white away change shorts and white socks, with a red and a blue stripe around the calf, against Mexico.
334 28 May 1959 8-1 vs. USA, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles Fr AW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt, with blue shorts and (blue change) socks, against USA.
1959-60
335 17 October 1959 1-1 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AD

Notes

England wore the white home shirt, with blue shorts and (blue change) socks, against Wales.
337 18 November 1959 2-1 vs. Northern Ireland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW

 

England's Record wearing the 1954 Home Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 17 14 2 1 58 21 +37 0 4 3.412 1.235 88.2 +13
Away 20 6 8 6 42 28 +14 4 3 2.10 1.40 50.0 =0
Neutral 4 0 3 1 4 5 -1 2 1 1.00 1.25 37.5 -1
Total 41 20 13 8 104 54 +50 6 8 2.537 1.317 64.6 +12

 

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