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England's Uniforms

England's Away Uniform
May1990 to November1993

1988 Away Uniform
1990 Home Uniform
1991 Alternate Uniform
1992 Alternate Uniform
1994 Away Uniform
 
 

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Description

Red short-sleeved shirt, with a dual-layered shadow pattern. One layer includes rows of large interlocking diamonds, the top and bottom of which consist of triangles, each split into three separately-striped compartments. Two of the compartments are triangular, one on each side of the diamond, with diagonal stripes rising from right to left at the top left and bottom right of the diamond, and from left to right at the top right and bottom left of the diamond. A smaller horizontally-striped diamond is the third compartment and sits at the upper and lower points of the large diamond, which also includes a second concentric diamond within. Another layer of geometric shapes is overlaid. Navy blue winged collar, with small white stripes in a strip near the outer edge, and a red stripe after every fifth white stripe. Large white upside-down triangular insert beneath the neck, with thin navy blue stripes, split down the middle, with a navy blue button fastening via a loop of navy blue material attached to the left side of the insert. Navy blue diagonal stripes rising from left to right in a white strip near the edge of the sleeves, with two navy blue concentric diamonds after every fourth stripe. Embroidered emblem on left breast. Two embroidered white concentric diamonds on right breast, with 'umbro' in white lower-case lettering underneath. White numbers on reverse, in the same font as on the previous Umbro England shirts, with a red border, outlined in white.

White shorts, with white drawstring. A strip of navy blue diagonal stripes rising from right to left, comprising upper third of seams, with two navy blue concentric diamonds after every fourth stripe. A large red triangle, and below that, a large navy blue triangle, each with its base running down middle of seam, underneath navy blue stripes. 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, with white turnover, three navy blue lions on each. 

Variations
  • A second version of the shirt was prepared for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, but was never worn in a full international. 'FIFA WORLD CUP ITALY '90' was displayed in white directly underneath the emblem.
  • A third version of the shirt was prepared for the 1992 European Championship in Sweden, but was never worn in a full international. 'EURO 92 SWEDEN' was displayed in white directly underneath the emblem. The number was also worn in the middle of the chest in white, in the same font as on the reverse of the shirt, with a red border, outlined in white, and the player's surname was worn above the number on the reverse, in plain white.
  • On the European Championship uniform and for the games played in 1993, the lettering underneath the concentric diamonds logo on both the shirts and shorts, was capitalised i.e. 'UMBRO'. There was also a registered trademark i.e. ® placed above the gap between the 'R' and the 'O' in white.
  • A fourth version of the shirt was introduced for the US Cup games in 1993. The emblem was changed to accommodate a white margin around it (as per the 1993 white shirt), the number on the reverse was changed to a plain white font (the same as the one used on the new white shirt) and the player's surname was worn above the number in capitalised plain white lettering, but in a different font to that worn in the previous year's European Championship.
  • For the uniform's last appearance, against San Marino, the shirt was the same as for the US Cup games, apart from the absence of a name on the reverse. Thus, it became the fifth version of the shirt (although only three were worn in full internationals).
  • For the game against Australia in 1991, and for the two games played in 1992, the right seam of the shorts switched the relative positions of the red and navy blue triangles, with the blue being above the red. The left seam remained with the red triangle above the blue.
  • For the games in 1993, the blue triangle was above the red triangle on both seams of the shorts and the emblem was changed to accommodate a white margin around it.
  • Against Germany in 1993, on the right thigh of the shorts, to the left of the emblem, England wore red numbers in the same font as on the reverse of the shirt.
Most Appearances

8 - Des Walker (1 sub)

6 - Stuart Pearce (1 sub), David Platt

  • This shirt was worn in only 8 games, but forty England players wore it over a three-year period.

  • Walker, who had worn the 1990 white shirt the most, appeared in all eight games; starting seven and coming off the bench against the USA in the US Cup.

  • He also won his 59th and last cap, against San Marino, on the last occasion that the uniform was won.

  • Four players made their international debuts in the shirt. Earl Barrett also won his third and last cap in the shirt, with Brian Deane also winning two more caps.

  • Eight players won their last caps in the shirt, including Gary Stevens, for whom it was his 46th international appearance.

Top Scorers

5 - David Platt

4 - Ian Wright

2 - Paul Ince, Gary Lineker

  • Wright’s four goals all came against San Marino, which was also Graham Taylor’s last match in charge.

Captains

4 - Gary Lineker

1 - Paul Ince, Stuart Pearce, David Platt, Bryan Robson

  • Ince skippered his country for the first time.

 

This red shirt could be forgiven for having an identity crisis, for even though it only made eight appearances in three and a half years, there were five different versions produced.

It was launched in 1990 as the second-choice kit for the World Cup in Italy, but it was worn first in a pre-tournament friendly against Uruguay at Wembley. The World Cup shirt was not required as England wore their new white uniform in every game of their glorious run to the semi-finals, where they won the toss, forcing West Germany to wear their green change shirts.

The original kit was only worn twice more, in 1991, whilst subtle changes were already being introduced. For some strange reason, the shorts underwent a design change. Someone decided to switch the positions of the red and blue triangles on the seam. Not on both seams, just the right seam. We had an advance preview of this when England wore all white in Australia, incorporating this new white pair with the home shirt and socks. By the following year, this same changed design had become part of the red uniform.

In 1992, Umbro updated their logo to use an upper-case version of their name, together with a subtle trademark, but this change was not present on the red kit worn against Brazil and Finland in the warm-up games for the European Championship. It did, however, appear on the kit earmarked as a second-choice for the tournament in Sweden. Unfortunately, like its World Cup predecessor, it never saw the light of day.

1993 gave us an overhaul of the red uniform. As the new white shirt had changed the font of the number on the reverse and included a re-designed emblem with a surrounding white margin, the red was obliged to follow suit. For the US Cup, we also had surnames on the reverse (for the first time on a red shirt) and a number on the shorts. Then, just to keep me on my toes, they changed the design of the shorts again. This time the triangles were consistent on both seams, with the blue completing its transition to being above the red. Unfortunately, nobody told Stuart Ripley about this vital change and he appeared in the uniform's last appearance, against San Marino, wearing the original shorts design.

  • The shirt was also worn with the 1993 home blue shorts when England won the 1993 European Under-18 Championship at the City Ground, Nottingham, with a 1-0 victory against Turkey. The kit was identical to that worn by the full squad, except that the emblem included a scroll underneath, which contained the word 'YOUTH'.

The shirts at the top of the page are (from left to right); Carlton Palmer's against Finland in 1992, Tony Dorigo's in the US Cup in 1993, the reverse of Carlton Palmer's shirt from the US Cup and the reverse of Palmer's shirt against San Marino in 1993. All four shirts appear by kind permission of the National Football Shirt Collection (England Match Shirts), also part of the Neville Evans Collection (curator Simon Shakeshaft).

Matches in Which England Wore the 1990 Away Red Uniform
1989-90
656 22 May 1990 1-2 vs. Uruguay, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HL
1990-91
672 25 May 1991 2-2 vs. Argentina, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London TC HD
674 3 June 1991 1-0 vs. New Zealand, Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland Fr AW

Notes

England wore the red away shirt and socks with the 1990 home navy blue shorts--against New Zealand.
1991-92
684 17 May 1992 1-1 vs. Brazil, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD
685 3 June 1992 2-1 vs. Finland, Olympiastadion, Helsinki Fr AW
1992-93
697 9 June 1993 0-2 vs. USA, Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts TC AL

Notes

England wore the red away shirt and socks with the 1993 home navy blue shorts--against USA.
699 19 June 1993 1-2 vs. Germany, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, USA TC NL
1993-94
702 17 November 1993 7-1 vs. San Marino, Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna, Italy WCP AW

 

Other Matches in Which England Wore the 1990 Away White Shorts
1990-91
673 1 June 1991 1-0 vs. Australia, Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney Fr AW

Notes

England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the 1990 white away shorts, against Australia.
676 12 June 1991 4-2 vs. Malaysia, Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur Fr AW

Notes

England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the 1990 white away shorts, against Malaysia.

 

England's Record wearing the 1990 Away Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 3 0 2 1 5 5 =0 0 0 1.667 1.667 33.3 -1
Away 4 3 0 1 10 4 +6 1 1 2.50 1.00 75.0 +2
Neutral 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 00.0 -1
Total 8 3 2 3 16 11 +5 1 1 2.00 1.375 50.0 =0

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