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England's Uniforms

England's Alternate Uniform

1965 Home Uniform
1966 Away Uniform

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In 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 yellow socks.

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 change shirt.

Matches in Which England Wore the 1973 Alternate Yellow Uniform
471 27 May 1973 1-1 vs. Czechoslovakia, Stadión Letná, Praha Fr AD
472 6 June 1973 0-2 vs. Poland, Stadion Śląski, Chorzów WCP AL
474 14 June 1973 0-2 vs. Italy, Stadio Communale, Torino Fr AL


England's Record wearing the 1973 Alternate Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away 3 0 1 2 1 5 -4 2 0 0.333 1.667 16.7 -2
Total 3 0 1 2 1 5 -4 2 0 0.333 1.667 16.7 -2