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A modern history of Ireland jerseys in 58 pictures

See the evolution of the green shirt from 1980 to present day.
Nov 17th 2012, 9:35 AM 22,393 30

BEFORE 1978, THE Irish football team wore fairly bland kits – consisting of the green jersey with a shamrock crest, white shorts and either plain or striped socks.

The Boys in Green, one of two national sides in Europe to play in the colour as their first choice along with Northern Ireland, have since had three sponsors (Opel, Eircom and the current one 3 Mobile) while Athleta, O’Neill’s, Adidas and Umbro have all manufactured the team’s clothing down the years.

Below, we look back at how the home, away and goalkeeper strips have evolved over the past 30 years.

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