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England's Home Uniform

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Description

 
White short-sleeved shirt, with shadow pin-stripes. Navy-blue v-neck and cuffs, with thin white stripe in middle and two thin red stripes either side. Thin navy-blue stripe along shoulder. Embroidered emblem on left breast. Two embroidered navy-blue concentric diamonds on right breast, with 'umbro' in navy blue lower-case lettering underneath. Red numbers on back, with a white border, outlined in red.

Navy blue shorts, with white drawstring. White seams, with two thin navy blue stripes, each edged with a thin outer red stripe. Two embroidered white concentric diamonds on left thigh, with 'umbro' in white lower-case lettering underneath. Embroidered emblem on right thigh.

White socks. Solid navy-blue diamonds across tops, edged with two red hoops.

Variations
  • A long-sleeved version of the shirt was introduced in 1985 and was worn for the first time against Northern Ireland in Belfast (by every player except Gary Stevens), but it was only worn in four matches in total, two of which were in Belfast. The other two were against the Republic of Ireland and Spain.
  • An Airtex short-sleeved version of the shirt, with red numbers on the back in the old Umbro font last worn by England in 1974, was worn for the games in Mexico and Los Angeles in 1985.

  • The shirts worn by the four players wearing long sleeves against Spain in 1987 (3.Kenny Sansom, 7.Bryan Robson, 10.Gary Lineker, and substitute, 14.Trevor Steven) had two white concentric diamonds at the base of each digit of the numbers on the back of the shirt.
Most Appearances

25 - Kenny Sansom

20 - Bryan Robson, Ray Wilkins

  • Kenny Sansom had also worn the previous white shirt (1980-83) the most.

  • Nineteen players won their first cap in the shirt, including Gary Lineker, who went on to make eighty appearances, Tony Adams, who won 66, and Chris Waddle, who won 62.

  • Nineteen players made their last international appearance in this shirt, including Ray Wilkins' 84th, Trevor Francis's 52nd and Paul Mariner's 35th.

  • Of the five players that won all of their caps in this shirt, only two (Steve Hunt and Alan Kennedy) appeared more than once, but their international careers were over after their second game. Hunt had been substitute in both of his appearances.

Top Scorers

11 - Gary Lineker

5 - Bryan Robson

4 - Mark Hateley, Tony Woodcock

  • Seven players scored their first international goal in the shirt, with Gary Lineker going on to hit 48 for England.

  • Tony Woodcock was one of eight players to score his last goal for England in this shirt, when he netted for the sixteenth time at international level.

  • Only three players scored all of their international goals in this shirt, and of them, only Viv Anderson scored twice.

Captains

20 - Bryan Robson

6 - Ray Wilkins

1 - Terry Butcher

  • All of Bryan Robson's appearances in this shirt were as captain.

  • Terry Butcher led the team out for the first of seven games as captain.

 

England returned to Umbro at the beginning of 1984, signing a five-year contract worth £1m. The red and royal-blue flamboyance of the previous Admiral kits was gone and in its place was a predominantly white shirt, with only very minor red and navy-blue edgings.

One other noticeable feature was that of the Three Lions emblem appearing on the shorts for the first time, a welcome addition.

This kit saw off the British Championship after a century of competition, but it was also worn for England's first ever away win in Brazil, a most unexpected result coming off the back of a very disappointing season for Bobby Robson's side, who had failed to qualify for the 1984 European Championship finals in France. The Brazil game also gave us a glimpse of the shorts and socks from the new red uniform, revealed in its entirety in the next game, in Uruguay.

Another highlight of the first half-season for the kit came on 24 May, 1984 when the Under-21s successfully retained the European Championship by defeating Spain 2-0 at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

England qualified unbeaten for the next World Cup in Mexico and travelled out a year early to experience the climate in advance. Just as in 1969 and '70, an Airtex version of the shirt was used and the design was further modified for the tournament itself, in 1986, when the cuffs were removed for extra ventilation, though the shirt was not in the Aertex material.

After the traumas of the 'Hand of God', England returned home to set about qualifying for the 1988 European Championship finals in fine style and in May 1987, Umbro upgraded the home kit, a sure sign that all was well in their blossoming relationship with the national team.



Matches in Which England Wore the 1984 Home White Uniform
Season 1983-84

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Bobby Robson

Friendly match
585 29 February 1984 - France 2 England 0 [0-0]
Parc des Princes, Guilbaud, Paris
 (45,554)
Platini (2) AL
British Championship
586 4 April 1984 - England 1 Northern Ireland 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London  (24,000)
Woodcock HW
587 2 May 1984 - Wales 1 England 0 [1-0]
Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham
 (14,250)
Hughes AL
588 26 May 1984 - Scotland 1 England 1 [1-1]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow
 (73,064)
McGhee
Woodcock
AD
Friendly match
589 2 June 1984 - England 0 USSR 2 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London  (38,125)
Gotsmanov, Protasov HL
Tour of South America
590 10 June 1984 - Brazil 0 England 2 [0-1]
Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (56,126)
Barnes, Hateley AW
England wore the white home shirt with the 1984 away white shorts and red socks, against Brazil.
592 17 June 1984 - Chile 0 England 0 [0-0]
Estadio Nacional de Chile, Ñuñoa, Santiago (9,876)
  AD
England wore the white home shirt with the 1984 away white shorts and red socks, against Chile.
Season 1984-85
Friendly match
593 12 September 1984 - England 1 GDR 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London  (23,951)
Robson HW
World Cup preliminaries
595 14 November 1984 - Turkey 0 England 8 [0-3]
Inönü Stadyumu, Beşiktaş, İstanbul (40,000)
Robson (3), Woodcock (2), Barnes (2), Anderson AW
596 27 February 1985 - Northern Ireland 0 England 1 [0-0]
Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast (28,500)
Hateley AW
Friendly match
597 26 March 1985 - England 2 Republic of Ireland 1 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London  (34,793)
Steven, Lineker
Brady
HW
World Cup preliminaries
598 1 May 1985 - Romania 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stadionul 23 August, Sector 2, Bucureşti (60,000)
  AD
599 22 May 1985 - Finland 1 England 1 [1-0]
Olympiastadion, Töölö, Helsinki (30,311)
Rantanen
Hateley
AD
Rous Cup
600 25 May 1985 - Scotland 1 England 0 [1-0]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow
 (66,439)
Gough AL
Cuidad de México Cup
601 6 June 1985 - Italy 2 England 1 [0-0]
Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, cuidad de México (8,000)
Bagni, Altobelli (pen)
Hateley
NL
Cuidad de México Cup and Azteca 2000
602 9 June 1985 - Mexico 1 England 0 [1-0]
Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, cuidad de México (14,000)
Flores AL
Friendly match
604 16 June 1985 - United States 0 England 5 [0-2]
LA Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park, Los Angeles (10,145)
Lineker (2), Dixon (2), Steven AW
England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the 1984 away white shorts, against United States.
Season 1985-86
World Cup preliminaries
605 11 September 1985 - England 1 Romania 1 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (59,500)
Hoddle
Cămătaru
HD
607 13 November 1985 - England 0 Northern Ireland 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (70,500)
  HD
Friendly matches
608 29 January 1986 - Egypt 0 England 4 [0-2]
Nasser Stadium, Nasr City, Cairo (20,000)
Steven, Omar OG, Wallace, Cowans AW
610 26 March 1986 - USSR 0 England 1 [0-0]
Dinamo Stadion, Didube-Chugureti, Tbilisi (62,000)
Waddle AW
Rous Cup
611 23 April 1986 - England 2 Scotland 1 [2-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
 (68,357)
Butcher, Hoddle
Souness (pen)
HW
Season 1986-87
European Championship preliminaries
620 15 October 1986 - England 3 Northern Ireland 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (35,304)
Lineker (2), Waddle HW
621 12 November 1986 - England 2 Yugoslavia 0 [1-0] Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (60,000) Mabbutt, Anderson HW
Friendly match
622 18 February 1987 - Spain 2 England 4 [1-2]
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid (35,000)
Butragueño, Ramón
Lineker (4)
AW
England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the 1984 away white shorts, against Spain.
European Championship preliminaries
623 1 April 1987 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2 [0-2]
Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast (20,578)
Robson, Waddle AW
624 29 April 1987 - Turkey 0 England 0 [0-0]
Atatürk Stadyumu, Konak, İzmir (25,000)
  AD

Other Match in which England wore the 1984 Home Blue Shorts
Season 1985-86

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Bobby Robson

World Cup preliminary
606 16 October 1986 - England 5 Turkey 0 [4-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (52,500)
Waddle, Lineker (3), Robson HW
England wore the 1984 red away shirt with the red away socks, but wore the 1984 blue home shorts, against Turkey.

The Under-21 and Youth teams wore the same design, except that each wore an embroidered scroll below the emblem, within which was displayed, in navy blue, either INTERMEDIATE (for the Under-21s) or YOUTH (for the Under-20s and below). England's Semi-Professional team wore an identical kit to the full international team, without the scrolls. When the Under-20s played in Azerbaijan in the World Youth Championship in 1985, they wore the same old-style Umbro font on the back of their shirts that the full international team had worn two months earlier in Mexico and Los Angeles. They also wore the same font on the left thigh of their shorts (the full international squad would also wear it in the following year's World Cup in Mexico).


An Under-21 shirt worn by Nigel Clough (pictures kindly supplied by Richard Becheley) and a youth team emblem.
Worn by 47 Players
Tony Adams Clive Allen Viv Anderson1 David Armstrong
John Barnes1 Peter Beardsley Luther Blissett Paul Bracewell
Terry Butcher1 Mark Chamberlain Tony Cottee Gordon Cowans
Peter Davenport1 Kerry Dixon Mike Duxbury Terry Fenwick
Trevor Francis1 John Gregory Mark Hateley2 Ricky Hill
Glenn Hoddle1 Steve Hodge Steve Hunt Alan Kennedy
Sammy Lee Gary Lineker3 Gary Mabbutt Paul Mariner
Alvin Martin1 Peter Reid Graham Rix Graham Roberts
Bryan Robson2 Kenny Sansom4  Brian Stein Trevor Steven2
Gary Stevens Gary Stevens Chris Waddle1 Danny Wallace
Paul Walsh Dave Watson Ray Wilkins2 Steve Williams
Peter Withe Tony Woodcock1 Mark Wright  
1/2/3/4 indicates the players that wore the long-sleeved version and the number of matches in which they wore it.

England's Record wearing the 1984 Home Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 9 6 2 1 12 5 +7 2 5 1.333 0.556 77.8 +5
Away 17 8 5 4 29 9 +20 7 10 1.706 0.529 61.8 +4
Neutral 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 00.0 -1
Total 27 14 7 6 42 16 +26 9 15 1.556 0.593 64.8 +8

This shirt was commercially available from its outset via the mail order department at Wembley Stadium.

England pose for the camera prior to the World Cup qualifying match with Romania in Bucharest in 1985.

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