England Football Online
Contact Us Page Last Updated 31 October 2013
 

x

England's Uniforms

England's Alternate Uniform
March-September1992

1990 Home Uniform
1991 Alternate Uniform
1994 Away Uniform
 
 

P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 F 2:A 3
25% successful

Description

   
Pale blue short-sleeved shirt, with three huge lions in a darker blue, across the right shoulder, upper arm, chest, left breast and upper arm, with an outline darker blue border above each lion, and varying border beneath each lion. Only the top half of the upper lion is printed onto the shirt and does not continue on the reverse. The middle lion is complete, apart from the back half of the trailing leg and the lower lion is visible in its entirety. Shadow pattern includes wide diagonal stripes rising from right to left, including parts of repeating large concentric diamonds, with a three-dimensional effect. Printing underneath each diamond section alternates between two versions of 'ENGLAND', one appearing in reverse i.e. as viewed through a mirror. Navy blue winged collar, edged with a thin white stripe and an adjacent thicker pale blue stripe. V-neck overlapping a large white upside-down triangular insert, 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. Embroidered emblem on left breast. Two embroidered navy blue concentric diamonds on right breast, with 'UMBRO' in capitalised navy blue lettering underneath and a registered trademark i.e. placed above the gap between the 'R' and the 'O' in navy blue. Navy blue numbers on reverse, in the same font as on the previous Umbro England shirts, with a pale blue border, outlined in navy blue.

Pale blue shorts, with navy blue drawstring. A single huge lower lion in a darker blue across left thigh, continuing onto the reverse. Shadow pattern includes wide diagonal stripes rising from right to left, including parts of repeating large concentric diamonds, with a three-dimensional effect. Printing underneath each diamond section alternates between two versions of 'ENGLAND', one appearing in reverse. Two embroidered navy blue concentric diamonds on left thigh, overlaid onto front left leg of lion, with 'UMBRO' in capitalised navy blue lettering underneath and a registered trademark placed above the gap between the 'R' and the 'O' in navy blue. Embroidered emblem on right thigh.

Pale blue socks, with navy blue turnover, three white lions on each (the same as for the 1991 blue uniform).

Variations
  • A long-sleeved version of the shirt was also worn against Czechoslovakia. The cuffs were navy blue, edged with a thin white stripe and an adjacent thicker pale blue stripe.
Most Appearances

2 - Nigel Clough, Lee Dixon (1 sub), Paul Merson (1 sub), Stuart Pearce, David Platt, Des Walker

  • Even though this uniform was only worn twice, with a six-month gap in-between, 22 England internationals appeared in it; two complete teams and not including goalkeepers.

  • Platt and Walker completed 180 minutes in the uniform.

  • Clough started both games, but was substituted at half-time in Prague.

  • Three players won their first cap in Santander, with Paul Ince going on to win a total of 53.

  • David Bardsley won one more cap, but David White failed to add to his single appearance.

  • Four players made their last international appearance in the uniform. For Mark Hateley, it was his 32nd cap.

Top Scorers

1 - Martin Keown, Paul Merson

  • Both goals scored in this uniform, against Czechoslovakia, were netted by players that had never scored for England before.

  • Merson added two more and Keown added a second in 2000.

Captain

2 - Stuart Pearce

 

Having broken the ice with the previous all-blue kit, the FA now unleashed their most spectacular design yet. The Three Lions were proudly emblazoned across the shirt and shorts, following the current club trend of weaving ever more extravagant symbols into the fabric of the shirt.

The problem of when it would be acceptable to shoehorn this uniform into an England international, whilst still retaining the red kit as second choice, was solved by a couple of away friendlies either side of the 1992 European Championship finals. Both opponents wore red shirts, but there was no need to change from the white shirt against Czechoslovakia and only the shorts clashed against Spain.

Nevertheless, the new kit had to be aired. It horrified the traditionalists and I can't recall seeing too many replicas of it being worn on the streets. The red uniform was worn in the two warm-up games for the European Championship and it was the red that was taken to Sweden as second choice. England's dismal showing in the tournament and at the beginning of their 1994 World Cup campaign, probably put paid to any more thoughts of innovative shirt designs and the appetite for a blue change kit subsequently waned, apart from with the brief appearance of the infamous indigo blue of 1996.

Umbro turned their attentions to the goalkeeper's uniform instead...

The photo above, top left, depicts a shirt issued to Carlton Palmer. It appears by kind permission of the National Football Shirt Collection (England Match Shirts), also part of the Neville Evans Collection (curator Simon Shakeshaft).

Next picture along shows John Barnes' shirt from the game against Czechoslovakia. This is part of Richard Clarke's Morrell Collection.

Matches in Which England Wore the 1992 Alternate Blue Uniform

1991-92

681 25 March 1992 2-2 vs. Czechoslovakia, Stadion Strahov, Praha Fr AD

1992-93

689 9 September 1992 0-1 vs. Spain, El Sardinero, Santander Fr AL

 

England's Record wearing the 1992 Alternate Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 25.0 -1
Total 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 25.0 -1

 

____________________

CG/GI/JB/PY