The big football shirt manufacturers usually just want to sell you one shirt – the latest one. That’s left a big gap in the market for smaller fish to make a lot of money on the back of the retro/nostalgia market. Until now that is, with Umbro deciding to cash in and make some official vintage England shirts available.
In truth, I can’t get excited over the 80s and 90s shirts, while the 1966 shirt is everywhere. The shirts in the range that hit the mark for me are the replica England 1970 shirts.
They’re like the ’66 shirts, but with subtle differences – the hot weather dictated short sleeve shirts and a "mesh" material, while the colour options alongside the traditional white included a light blue and a yellow goalkeeper’s top. There’s also a rather smart reproduction coach’s jacket, as worn by Sir Alf.
Available now from a mix of sport and fashion stores, the shirts cost around £30, with the jacket around £50.