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Sky-blue short-sleeved shirt with crew neck. Embroidered emblem with sky-blue background on left breast and red number on back in standard Umbro font. Ink stamp of the SPORTSWEAR by UMBRO THE CHOICE OF CHAMPIONS logo in navy blue on right hip. Sky-blue shorts and sky-blue socks.


1 - Jeff Astle, Alan Ball (sub), Colin Bell, Jack Charlton, Sir Bobby Charlton, Allan Clarke, Terry Cooper, Bobby Moore, Alan Mullery, Keith Newton, Peter Osgood (sub), Martin Peters

  • This game marked the international debut of Allan Clarke, who went on to win 19 caps.
  • It was also the 105th and penultimate appearance in an England shirt for the great Sir Bobby Charlton, equalling Billy Wright's record, before breaking it in the next game.
  • Wearing England shirts for the last time were Jack Charlton, who made his 35th appearance, and Jeff Astle, for whom it was his fifth.

1 - Allan Clarke (pen.)

  • Clarke went on to net ten times for England, including two more from the penalty spot, missing once.

1 - Bobby Moore


England designated this special lightweight all-blue strip as one of their alternate colours for the World Cup 1970 final tournament.  They wore it once, in the 1-0 victory against Czechoslovakia.

"So, it's an unfamiliar looking England and in more ways than one. Because the Czechs also wear an all-white strip and won the toss for colours, it is England who must change. Now it's light blue for England, a sort of pastel-hued version of their usual outfit, with the same big red numbers on the back. Still England, but not quite the same." - Back Home, England and the 1970 World Cup: Jeff Dawson, p226.

Because England wore this kit against the Czechs, who wore all white, it was difficult in the bright sunshine to distinguish the two teams on black-and-white television, which is what most viewers had at the time. Consequently, England discarded the blue and switched to red for the quarter-final against West Germany. Ironically, as the Germans wore black shorts, it would have been easier to distinguish the teams than it was for the Czech game, had England again appeared in all blue.

The shirt in the photo top left, was worn by Jeff Astle on his last appearance for England. It appears here by kind permission of the Neville Evans National Football Shirt Collection (curator Simon Shakeshaft). Second shirt along (plus the close-up of the emblem) was worn by Alan Ball. This is part of Richard Clarke's Morrell Collection.


Match in which England wore the 1970 World Cup Blue Uniform


Sir Alf Ramsey

World Cup Finals in Mexico
447 11 June 1970 - Czechoslovakia 0 England 1 [0-0]
Estádio Jalisco, Independencia, Guadalajara
Clarke (pen) NW


Worn by 12 Players
Jeff Astle Alan Ball Colin Bell Jack Charlton
Sir Bobby Charlton Allan Clarke Terry Cooper Bobby Moore
Alan Mullery Keith Newton Peter Osgood Martin Peters

It was also worn on the bench by unused substitutes, Norman Hunter and Tommy Wright.

England's Record wearing the 1970 World Cup Blue Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Neutral 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Total 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1