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England's Away Uniform
May to October

1984 Away Uniform
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1990 Away Uniform
 
 

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Description

   
Red short-sleeved shirt, with square rhombus shadow stripes, each with a darker right half and all set slightly to the left of an underlying diagonal grid. Red crew-neck, with three thin white stripes and two thin navy-blue stripes in middle. White button on a white rectangular insert beneath the neck, adjoining an overlapping navy-blue rectangular insert on the inside of the shirt. Red underarm-half of hem, with outer white front quarter and outer navy-blue back quarter on left sleeve, and outer navy-blue front quarter and outer white back quarter on right sleeve. Thin white stripe along shoulder. Embroidered emblem on left breast. Two embroidered white concentric diamonds on right breast, with 'umbro' in white lower-case lettering underneath. White numbers on back, in the same font as on the previous Umbro England shirts, with a red border, outlined in white.

White shorts, with white drawstring, check shadow pattern and navy-blue waistband. Thick navy-blue panel comprising lower third of seams, joining two thin navy-blue stripes edging upper two-thirds of seams, with a rectangular red block across the middle. Two embroidered navy-blue concentric diamonds on left thigh, with 'umbro' in navy-blue lower-case lettering underneath. Embroidered emblem on right thigh.

Red socks. Solid white diamonds across tops, edged with two navy-blue hoops (the same as for the 1984 red uniform).

Variations
  • A long-sleeved version of the shirt was introduced for the games played in 1989. The cuffs were as per the 1984 red shirt; red, with three thin white stripes and two thin navy-blue stripes in the middle.
Most Appearances

4 - Peter Beardsley, Gary Lineker, Bryan Robson

  • 24 players wore this short-lived red uniform.

  • Four players made their international debuts in the shirt, with Alan Smith going on to win 13 caps.

  • Brian Marwood and Mel Sterland made their one and only England appearances in the shirt, with Marwood only appearing for ten minutes.

  • Viv Anderson won the last of his thirty caps in this kit.

Top Scorers

1 - Tony Adams, John Barnes, Gary Lineker, Bryan Robson

Captains

4 - Bryan Robson

 

Following the white kit launched by Umbro in 1987, it was a further year before its red equivalent saw the light of day after the 1984 red kit had made two further appearances in the 1987-88 season.

With England poised to compete in the European Championship in Germany, the new red kit was launched at Wembley against Colombia, a match which saw England lift silverware in the form of the Rous Cup, following the 1-1 draw with the South Americans.

It the same design as the white kit, apart from one subtle difference. There was no 'Three Lions' motif on the socks, rendering them identical to those which were worn with the 1984 red kit. Why they were not present is open to speculation. Perhaps, navy-blue lions on a red background wouldn't have worked, nor a white patch on red socks, or having the lions appear in white.

With England not requiring a change kit during the 1988 European Championship and Umbro producing new white and red kits in time for the 1990 World Cup, this kit only lasted for 17 months, though its last appearance was a battling goalless draw in Poland which saw England secure their trip to Italy for the World Cup.


Matches in Which England Wore the 1988 Away Red Uniform
Season 1987-88

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Bobby Robson

Rous Cup
634 24 May 1988 - England 1 Colombia 1 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
 (25,756)
Lineker
Escobar
HD
Season 1988-89
Friendly matches
641 16 November 1988 - Saudi Arabia 1 England 1 [1-0]
King Fahd II International Stadium, Al Maizilah, Riyadh (8,000)
Abdullah
Adams
AD
642 8 February 1989 - Greece 1 England 2 [1-1]
Olympiako Stadio Athínas Spyros Louis, Marousi, Athína (3,364)
Saravakos (pen)
Economopoulos OG, Robson
AW
Season 1989-90
World Cup preliminary match
650 11 October 1989 - Poland 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stadion Śląski, Katowicka, Chorzów (32,423)
  AD

Other Matches in Which England Wore the 1988 White Shorts
Season 1988-89

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Bobby Robson

Rous Cup
645 23 May 1989 - England 0 Chile 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
 (15,628)
  HD
England wore the 1987 white home shirt with the white away shorts and red away socks, against Chile.
Season 1989-90
World Cup preliminary match
649 6 September 1989 - Sweden 0 England 0 [0-0]
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län (38,588)
  AD
England wore all white, the 1987 white home shirt and socks with the white away shorts, against Sweden.

The Youth teams (Under-20s and below) wore the same design, except that each wore an embroidered scroll below the emblem, within which YOUTH was displayed, in navy blue. England's Under-21 and B teams wore an identical kit to the full international team.
Worn by 24 Players
Tony Adams Viv Anderson John Barnes1 Peter Beardsley
Terry Butcher1 Paul Gascoigne Mark Hateley Glenn Hoddle
Gary Lineker2 Brian Marwood Steve McMahon Gary Pallister
Stuart Pearce1 Bryan Robson1 David Rocastle1 Kenny Sansom
Alan Smith1 Mel Sterland Gary Stevens Michael Thomas
Chris Waddle1 Des Walker1 Neil Webb1 Mark Wright

It was also worn on the bench by Tony Cottee, Tony Dorigo, Paul Parker and Mike Phelan.

1/2 indicates the players that wore the long-sleeved version and the number of matches in which they wore it.

England's Record wearing the 1988 Away Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
Away 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 1 1 1.00 0.667 66.7 +1
Total 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 1 1 1.00 0.75 62.5 +1

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