Shamrock Rovers Football Shirts – A (Very) Brief History

Here are a selection of Shamrock Rovers home match worn shirts currently in the collection. First up is a classic early 1980s Glenmalure Park era jersey made by O’Neills Sportswear and featuring the sponsorship of Lifestyle Sports. A extremely simple design that veered from the norm with the introduction of white sleeves as opposed to the regular hoops that had been used for many seasons.

Shamrock Rovers, 1982-83

Shamrock Rovers, 1982-83

This Adidas jersey was swapped with a BP Honved player and used in the away leg of their match in 1985. This jersey was used during one of the clubs golden period where they couldn’t stop winning the title! This jersey was made in Ireland and features a simple hoops design with classic numbering and trefoil on the front, and again featuring the Lifestyle logo.

Fran Hitchcock or Noel Larkin, Shamrock Rovers vs Honved Budapest, 1985

Fran Hitchcock or Noel Larkin, Shamrock Rovers vs Honved Budapest, 1985

 

The jersey worn in 1992-94 was made by UK firm Matchwinner and is very much a product of it’s time. Much bigger, baggier and busier in terms of design. This involved the watermarking of rovers and shamrocks into the classic hoops. Sponsorship was Whirlpool with the addition of logos on the sleeves. In 1994 the National League patches were added.

Derek McGrath, Shamrock Rovers 1992-93

Derek McGrath, Shamrock Rovers 1992-93

This 1998 shirts was produced by Umbro and again is a large fitting top, and featured design flourishes in the hoops, collar and neckline. Sponsorship was by hardware chain Woodies DIY and this was a fixture on the front for many seasons. Often used with and without the Harp Lager National League patches.

Brian Morrisroe, Shamrock Rovers, 1998

Brian Morrisroe, Shamrock Rovers, 1998

This shirt was worn in the 2010 FAI Cup Final vs Sligo Rovers, which unfortunately they lost on penalties. A very effective design by Umbro, simplified designed working well and coinciding with a period where they excelled in Europe and in the league. Features match embroidery, FAI Cup patches on the sleeve and champions scroll under the club crest.

Stephen Rice, FAI Cup Final 2010, Shamrock Rovers vs Sligo Rovers

Stephen Rice, FAI Cup Final 2010, Shamrock Rovers vs Sligo Rovers

Daryl Horgan Football Shirt – Dundalk FC, 2014

Daryl Horgan, Dundalk FC, 2014

Daryl Horgan, Dundalk FC, 2014

This is the away match worn shirt of Daryl Horgan of Dundalk FC, from their title winning tilt in 2014. Having moved to another Lilywhites in 2017, Preston North End, this was when he was terrorising League Of Ireland defences playing 46 times and scoring 9 goals in the process. This nicely designed away shirt was made by Umbro and was an unusual colour scheme for Dundalk and was well received by the fans.

Photo (c) Sportsfile

League Of Ireland Football Shirt vs Lega Nazionale 1972

Tony Marsden, League Of Ireland XI vs Italian League B XI, Dalymount Park, Dublin 03/02/1972

Tony Marsden, League Of Ireland XI vs Italian League B XI, Dalymount Park, Dublin03/02/1972

This shirt, which was made by Umbro in Ireland, was worn by Tony Marsden (Cork Hibernians) in the League Of Ireland representative XI match at Dalymount Park, Dublin on the 3rd of February against the Lega Nazionale (Italian League B) team. The game ended a one all draw. Incidently, Giorgio Chinaglia, who went on to play with Pele in the NASL for the New York Cosmos, was in the team that day.

League Of Ireland XI vs Football League XI, 1971, captained by Gordon Banks

Here is the same style, worn against the Football League XI in 1971.