Classic Republic Of Ireland and Northern Ireland match worn soccer football shirts from the 1970s to the 2000s from Umbro, O’Neills & Adidas. Some great longsleeve & rare away jersies, styles never used by the senior team, Alan Kernaghans match issue football shirt from World Cup 94 in the USA, Ireland football manager Martin O’Neill’s Northern Ireland adidas jersey from his appearance at Espana 82 and lots more. Always adding new shirts to the collection, so keep checking back.
This shirt was worn by Italian footballing legend Roberto Baggio in his debut season in for Fiorentina in 1986. This was worn against Boavista in the UEFA Cup in 1986. Baggio wore number 10 in the first leg which they won 1:0, but didn’t feature in the away leg due to a knee injury that ruled him out for most of the season.
This classic design was the Portsmouth FC away shirt from 1985-87, worn by regular number 7 Kevin O’Callaghan. This particular version was used in the 1985-86 seasons, difference being the logo was centrally placed, whereas the following campaign it was located on the right hand side.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a Liverpool FC players away match worn shirt from the 1991-2 season. Its got all the differences from the replica, and more info here on this great site documenting the history of Liverpool jersies. What’s interesting about this is that the 13 in this era was more than likely worn by a member of the backroom team. There is a lot of use and stains so probably used in friendlies as well.
Graeme Souness wearing the same style shirt (note Football League badges) during a pre-season friendly in 1991.
Before the mega money flowed into Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC weren’t quite at the same level as they are now. In the 1991-92 season they finished 14th, with their record signing that year being Tommy Boyd for a modest 875,000, pocket change compared to the Abramovich era. That season the number 12 was worn by a selection of players, mainly Joe Allon, Graham Stuart, Damien Matthew, Kevin Wilson & Craig Burley as there were no squad numbers issued. The match shirt is quite different from the replica and was produced to be used game after game. Again something they probably don’t have to worry about now…
This is a wonderful iconic game-used, and well used at that, jersey belonging to the legend that is Northern Irelands George Best. It was worn in his second season in the NASL which was probably his best during his US stint. He tied the league on assists that year, the majority being for his team mate and top goalscorer Steve David.
The jersey was made by Sokka and has had plenty of use, seemingly he was only issued a couple for the season due to the financial pressures within the club, and was warned against swapping it with opposition players! To read more about the Los Angeles legacy of the NASL league, have a read here.
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
A rather unusual goalkeeper shirt that research reveals was worn by Swedish legendary net minder Thomas Ravelli in the World Cup Qualifier vs Scotland in Hampden Park, Glasgow 09/09/81 (see match photo below). Even though it was badged Adidas, it also has the Cup Star label, and featured a rather fetching one piece design incorporating an under carriage. This was introduced to stop the shirt slipping out of his shorts while he performed his customary acrobatic leaps. This innovation was offered to various goalies in that period, including Peter Shilton, but safe to say it never really took off.