17 things we'd like to see revived in sport

Ridiculously long shorts and other phenomena we miss.

1. Retro shorts

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(Comedian George Robey in a pair of pantomime football shorts – PA Photos/PA Archive/Press Association Images)

2. Premier League football on RTE 2 on Saturday at 3pm

(Steve Morton/EMPICS Sport)

3. Boxing without all the baggage it has acquired over the years

(MARTY LEDERHANDLER/AP/Press Association Images)

4. The magic of the FA Cup (back when it was genuinely magical)

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5. Old-style football managers who weren’t afraid to speak plainly

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6. Countries playing local clubs/provinces in rugby

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7. Proper, ball-winning tackles

(Wimbledon captain Vinnie Jones is shown the yellow card by referee Graham Poll - PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images)

8. Non-skin-tight rugby jerseys


9. Non-sponsored Barcelona jerseys

(Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport)

10. Know Your Sport back on our TV screens

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11. Less technologically advanced substitution boards

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12. When snooker was full of characters (rather than just Ronnie O’Sullivan)

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13. Less flash boots and rock-solid footballs

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14. The Ultimate Warrior

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15. Players drinking milk rather than a sports drink after games

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16. The Ireland Euro 88 jersey

(INPHO/Billy Stickland)

17. Hollywood stars showing up at GAA games

(Actor Kevin Costner at the 1992 All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Clare – INPHO/Billy Stickland)

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