Top 10 worst England kits

Posted by - March 30, 2009 - England, International, Kitman, Lists

The new England kit has the OTP seal of approval. Now let’s remember when the kit designers didn’t get it so right!

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1. England third shirt, 1992
Umbro seemingly replaced the Three Lions by breeding a sunflower with an iguana and letting the resulting offspring crawl over this third shirt.

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2. England away shirt, 1996
England’s summer of 1996 was going fantastically well until this splash of typical English grey put a dampener on proceedings.

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3. England goalkeeper away shirt, 1996
The battleship grey outfield kit might get all the retrospective attention, but we should not overlook the accompanying monstrosity of a goalkeeper shirt being worn by David Seaman on that fateful day.

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4. England home shirt, 2008
This bland effort sort of merges with the previous kit (with the St George’s cross on the shoulder) in the brain. There is nothing special or distinct about it. Just boring.

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5. England third shirt, 1990
Very much of its time, this England third shirt was (perhaps wisely) only worn once. It is not clear whether the opposition were mesmerised by the magic eye-style pattern.

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6. England goalkeeper shirt, 1988
England were about as fashionable as they were successful at Euro 1988. The pinnacle of their brief and tasteless appearance at the tournament was Peter Shilton’s lovely jersey.

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7. England away shirt, 1998
And a decade on, Umbro were still getting it wrong. This shiny effort features a patchwork of cheap looking St George’s crosses.

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8. England away shirt, 2007
The current away kit was perfectly paired with the old home kit (number 4) since they were equally dull. The response to the away-kit-by-numbers training ground chic is one of the likely reasons for the change of direction for the new home kit.

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9. England goalkeeper shirt, 1993
Come on. Own up: who’s been vomiting Umbro logos?

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10. England home shirt, 2005
I know this shirt is well-loved in some quarters, but I suspect that is because Umbro were seen to be listening to people who thought the England shirt needed a St George’s cross on it. I don’t think the history books will look back so fondly on this pretty dull effort.

  • http://sportisatvshow.blogspot.com/ Fredorrarci

    When I see 4 and 8, I think “Stewart Downing”.

  • http://www.offthepost.info Rob Parker

    Indeed. Says it all!

  • MarkVA

    how can you say the last umbro effort(07-08) is dull and boring when the latest
    is nothing but ALL white! at least the other had some color and creativity
    to it, the new kit looks like a cop out and a lack of imagination.

  • benny88

    The england away shirt of 1998 is a nice shirt. I dont know the statistics but we seem to win more in red.

  • Baz

    im not english and i rate the number 4 and number 10

    what the hell do you want it to look like then?

    the new one is rubbish

  • http://www.offthepost.info Rob Parker

    “how can you say the last umbro effort(07-08) is dull and boring when the latest
    is nothing but ALL white! at least the other had some color and creativity
    to it, the new kit looks like a cop out and a lack of imagination.”

    I’m glad you asked, MarkVA. Because the new kit has classic style. It looks good. The 1966 kits were plain except for Three Lions, but they had style (as did the 1970 kits).

    The 07-08 shirt doesn’t have style. It’s cheap and nasty, and was just thrown together by some designer who knows that the England kit will sell regardless of what it looks like.

  • http://garstontowers.blogspot.com Stuey

    I can’t believe you are criticising some of the other kits as being dull whilst saying this new one is good. It’s like they gave the designers the year off. It’d be okay but for the red Umbro badge.

    For the record I think 8 & 10 are decent.

    for me the best England kits of recent times are the red “sports wool” away shirt with the navy colour, the Beckham V Greece home shirt with the red stripe and the reversable home shirt with the red along the shoulders and down the arm.

  • stevie

    Can you do the top 10 england shirts please?

    I would say the new kit would be up there with the best. i like the fact there is no umbro logo on the shorts and socks just on the shirt. it looks really classy – and its about time we had a decent kit. And a decent team for that matter!

  • http://www.offthepost.info Rob Parker

    On its way this afternoon, stevie.

  • Alex D

    2, 4, 8, 10, aren’t that bad at all.

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  • Ann

    1 is kawaii))) funny sweet lions)))

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  • dan

    number 7 england away 1998 is a great kit. its also my lucky kit when ever i wear it we have not lost a game. now just have to find it intime for the world cup.

  • http://www.naturalistanbul.de estetik

    The england away shirt of 1998 is a nice shirt. I dont know the statistics but we seem to win more in red.