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England's Home Uniform
October1960 to May1964

1954 Home Uniform
1961 Away Uniform
1962 Away Uniform
1963 Home Uniform
 
 

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From the beginning of the 1960-61 season, England's preferred shirt manufacturer was Bukta, but the shirt still appeared to be the same v-necked t-shirt with the emblem sewn on that they had worn since 1954. The practice of adding the opponent's name and the year in a scroll underneath the emblem was discontinued, whilst the numbers on the reverse were no longer in the Umbro style.

After a decade of the shirt number being colour-coordinated with the socks, this period saw both red and navy blue numbers being used without an obvious pattern.

There was obviously some debate as to what colour the socks should be. They began the season in the same red pair with white band around the calf, that had been the first choice since 1957, but they then tried out three different designs in consecutive matches before reverting back to the trusty red pair for their end-of-season games in Portugal and Italy.  The following season saw a couple more variations, but it was the white pair, with a red and a blue stripe, that finally got the nod as the preferred design in the run-up to the 1962 World Cup in Chile.  White was presumably felt to be a colour that fewer teams clashed with than red and this decision was borne out by the fact that white has been well and truly established as the first choice sock colour ever since.  There was still further tinkering to be done, however. At the 1962 World Cup quarter-final, against Brazil, half the England team turned out in plain white socks, though it was possible to hide the stripes from view by creating a large turnover. The red and blue stripes were eventually discarded for the 1964-65 season, creating the most simple strip combination possible of white and navy blue.

The introduction of short sleeves in 1954 was certainly a step forward in terms of lightweight attire, but it was still recognised that England had to play some games in cold weather.  This was possibly behind the reason to introduce a long-sleeved version of the v-neck shirt in 1963, to be worn alongside the short sleeves, depending on each player's preference.  1963 was also the year of the Football Association's centenary and to commemorate this, a special emblem was introduced, whereby the words CENTENARY YEAR appeared above the traditional Three Lions, and 1863-1963 appeared below it on the same embroidered patch on a white background.

This shirt was then replaced by a round-necked long-sleeved version for the F.A.'s Centenary match, but the short-sleeved v-neck was reinstated for two more games at the end of the 1963-64 season, before being replaced again by the round neck for Bukta's last season as England's kit supplier.

Thanks to Dave Moor and Simon Monks from www.historicalkits.co.uk for clarifying the colour of the socks worn against Wales in 1960.

Matches in Which England Wore the 1960 Home White Uniform
1960-61 Please note, between 1957 and 1961, England's first choice socks were red with a white band around the calf.
342 8 October 1960 5-2 vs. Northern Ireland, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW
343 19 October 1960 9-0 vs. Luxembourg, Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzebuerg WCP AW
344 26 October 1960 4-2 vs. Spain, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts with white socks with a red and a blue stripe around the tops, against Spain.
345 23 November 1960 5-1 vs. Wales, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts with red, blue & white hooped socks, against Wales.
346 15 April 1961 9-3 vs. Scotland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts with white socks with a red and a blue stripe around the calf, against Scotland.
347 10 May 1961 8-0 vs. Mexico, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts with white socks with a red and a blue stripe around the tops, against Mexico.
348 21 May 1961 1-1 vs. Portugal, Estádio Nacional, Jamor, Lisboa WCP AD
349 24 May 1961 3-2 vs. Italy, Stadio Olimpico, Roma Fr AW
1961-62
351 28 September 1961 4-1 vs. Luxembourg, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London WCP HW
352 14 October 1961 1-1 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AD

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts and socks with a white band around the calf, against Wales.
353 25 October 1961 2-0 vs. Portugal, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HW

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts with white socks with a red and a blue stripe around the tops, against Portugal.
354 22 November 1961 1-1 vs. Northern Ireland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HD
355 4 April 1962 3-1 vs. Austria, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
356 14 April 1962 0-2 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AL
  Please note, although the red socks continued to be worn at several matches up until 1963, the white socks, with a red and a blue stripe across the tops, first worn against Mexico, in match no. 347, began to take precedence from hereon in.
357 9 May 1962 3-1 vs. Switzerland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
World Cup Finals 1962
359 31 May 1962 1-2 vs. Hungary, Estadio Braden Cooper Co., Rancagua, Chile WCF NL
360 2 June 1962 3-1 vs. Argentina, Estadio Braden Cooper Co., Rancagua, Chile NW

Notes

England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the 1954 white away change shorts, against Argentina.
362 10 June 1962 1-2 vs. Brazil, Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile WCF NL

Notes

England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the 1954 white away change shorts, against Brazil.
1962-63
363 3 October 1962 1-1 vs. France, Hillsborough, Sheffield ECP HD
364 20 October 1962 3-1 vs. Northern Ireland, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW
365 21 November 1962 4-0 vs. Wales, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW
  Please note, throughout the F.A.’s Centenary year of 1963, a commemorative emblem was worn, whereby the words CENTENARY YEAR appeared above the traditional Three Lions, and 1863-1963 appeared below it.
366 27 February 1963 2-5 vs. France, Parc des Princes, Paris ECP AL
367 6 April 1963 1-2 vs. Scotland, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HL
368 8 May 1963 1-1 vs. Brazil, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD

Notes

England wore the white home shirt and blue shorts with the 1957 red home socks, against Brazil.
370 2 June 1963 2-1 vs. GDR, Zentralstadion, Leipzig Fr AW
371 5 June 1963 8-1 vs. Switzerland, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel Fr AW
1963-64
372 12 October 1963 4-0 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW
378 24 May 1964 3-1 vs. Republic of Ireland, Dalymount Park, Dublin Fr AW
Taça das Nações 1964
380 30 May 1964 1-5 vs. Brazil, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro TC AL

Notes

England wore all white, the white home shirt with the 1954 white away change shorts and plain white socks, against Brazil.

 

England's Record wearing the 1960 Home Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 13 9 3 1 46 14 +32 0 3 3.54 1.08 80.8 +8
Away 13 8 2 3 42 22 +20 1 2 3.23 1.69 69.2 +5
Neutral 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1 0 0 1.67 2.00 33.3 -1
Total 29 18 5 6 93 42 +51 1 5 3.21 1.45 74.1 +12

 

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