Just over a year after
England's first red
change uniform was introduced, this vibrant
red replacement appeared, with blue numbers (instead of white) on the back, and red socks
(instead of black). Nat Lofthouse became the 'Lion of Vienna' on its first airing.
The number ten shirt above is the one worn by Eddie
Baily in the same game. It is part of the Neville Evans Collection at
englandmatchshirts.com and we are most grateful to
Simon Shakeshaft for permission to reproduce it here. The other pictures are of
Jackie Sewell's shirt from the Austria game. This is from Richard Clarke's
'Three Lions - England Match Worn Shirts' Facebook Collection.
Over a year later, a similar shirt, also by Hope
Brothers, but in short sleeves and with three buttons down the front instead of
two, was worn when England avenged their 1950 World
Cup defeat with an emphatic 6-3 victory in the Yankee Stadium. By the end of 1954,
a red v-neck version
had replaced it.