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27-01-2014 | England's Football Kits Through the Ages

The 2014 World Cup is set to be the biggest event of the sporting calendar this year. As suppliers of sports equipment, we are excited to see the changes that this year will bring. Hosted in cities across Brazil throughout June and July this year, the 2014 World Cup is set to be a testing time for our team who are used to a temperate climate. Many of this year’s host cities experience hot and humid climates and so the kit needs to be adapted to suit the trying tropical conditions. 
As suppliers of sports equipment, we’d like to celebrate what is sure to be an action packed year by taking a trip down memory lane, taking a look at some England’s football kits through the years. 


19-50’s- 1960’s

Let’s flash back 64 years to the 1950 World Cup. Also hosted in Brazil, this World Cup was not a particularly memorable one for England, who failed to make it out of the group stages. Such as the case is with sports equipment, sports kits were different in years gone by and the England team sported a formal white kit which included a white shirt with a large collar. 


One of the most iconic kits is without doubt that of the 1966 World cup, when England won the final against Germany on home soil. A new red round neck shirt had replaced the collared one of the 50’s. As you will find out, elements of this kit have been incorporated into later designs- perhaps to some the kit was England’s lucky charm in this all-important match!



The 1970’s- 1990’s

At the next World Cup in 1970, this new kit was adapted to suit the unforgiving Mexican climate. Lighter fabric and short sleeves shaped the kit into a style not dissimilar to the kit we will see on the pitch this year. The team made it through to the quarter finals where they were unfortunately knocked out by old rivals West Germany. Although Admiral took over as kit manufacturers in the late 1970’s,  by 1986 Umbro were reinstated as official providers with navy trimmed white v-neck t-shirts being the kit of choice. World Cup 98 saw a more traditional kit for the team. A white collared shirt with navy and red accent detail was sported by the likes of Michael Owen throughout the French World Cup, providing a fresh modern take on the 1950’s classic.


The 2000’s- today

During the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan the England team sported a minimal white kit with one distinctive red stripe down the front of a white shirt paired with matching white shorts. The minimal theme continued in 2006 when they wore a white shirt with a simple red cross on the shoulder teamed with navy shorts at the German World Cup. Not dissimilar to the 1966 kit, England sported a red, round necked kit during the 2010 World Cup. However, this time it failed to bring them the same luck as England lost out to Germany again. 



In time for the 2014 World Cup, England ended their association with Umbro and will now wear Nike kits until at least 2018. The new kit features a white round neck shirt with navy trim and shorts. It is evident that it takes its inspiration from many of the past kits and we love the idea of paying homage to the football greats of the past through a simple new design. 



It seems that no matter how much time passes, old kit designs will be revisited and combined with the power of more recent scientific developments to improve the quality and performance of the strip. Apto Sports stock a range of sports equipment and football socks for all levels of clubs. Take a look at our extensive catalogue today and upgrade your team’s sports equipment to World Cup standard!



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