a complete break from tradition, England embarked on their European tour of
1973 in a new lightweight aertex kit of
yellow shirts, blue shorts and
Of the three opponents
that they wore yellow against on the tour, only Poland presented a colour clash with England’s normal white shirts.
For the other game of the four-match tour, in Moscow, England wore the
aertex white shirts
last seen against Brazil in the Mexico World Cup of 1970.
Both the full and
Under-23 teams were wearing aertex shirts during this period, but England have
never worn yellow shirts since. It was not a successful tour, with the result in
Poland proving to be particularly damaging to England's chances of qualifying
for the following year's World Cup in Germany. Perhaps, yellow was a step too
far for the traditionalists at the Football Association. Twelve months later, as
Umbro were about to be replaced as England's kit suppliers, they had reverted
back to a red aertex