Want to get a retro Ireland football shirt? Read on…
Team: Republic of Ireland National Football Team
Nickname: The Green Army
Team Colours: Green and White
Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Do you want to relive the glory days of the late 80s and 90s under Jack Charlton? Or do you just want to imitate Brady, O’Leary, Keane (Robbie and Roy) and McGrath and get yourself a retro Ireland Football shirt? Take a look at the options available:
The Republic of Ireland were at their peak in the late 80s and early 90s as football became a big part of my life. Italia ’90 is my favourite memory of a incredibly hard to beat team and that penalty shoot win over Romania, then World Cup ’94 and John Aldridge and Jack Charlton’s row with the fourth official and that goal by Ray Houghton to beat Italy! Steve
Favourite player: Robbie Keane – top goalscorer, most capped player. Legend
Favourite kit: The 1988-90 home shirt. Classic 80s with great collar and minimal design. Available from Classic Football Shirts (see below for links)
Classic Football Shirts set themselves apart from many other companies by the fact that their shirts are all original shirts from the dates listed, not reproductions trying to replicate a classic shirt. All shirts come with condition details – ie whether they are in Mint Condition, As New, etc, etc. The prices are slightly higher but you are really getting a piece of history.
They have over 100 classic Ireland shirts and pieces of kit from 1986 to the present day. You can choose from such gems as the 1988-90 home shirt (above).
This extremely rare home shirt was worn by the likes of John Aldridge, Kevin Moran and Chris Hughton at Euro ‘88 – the first major tournament Ireland qualified for.
What is more they beat England, drew with the Soviet Union and lost 1-0 to the great Dutch team that won the competition. In fact they came within seven minutes of a draw that would have meant a semi-final place in the competition.
You can also pick up the 1994-95 home shirt that was worn in in the Euro 96 play-off game where Ireland lost 2-0 to Holland thanks to two Patrick Kluivert goals.
The likes of Tony Cascarino, Andy Townsend and Roy Keane donned this shirt in what was to be Jack Charlton’s last game as manager.
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Vintage Football Shirts also offer original shirts rather than reproductions with each shirt marked for its condition – from BNIB (brand new in bag) to Excellent (may have tiny defect, may not be noticeable).
With almost 100 Ireland shirts ranging from 1983 to the present day – their selection is large. You can get an extremely rare 1983-84 match issue home shirt (above).
This shirt was worn by Ireland’s number 20 when they failed to qualify for the 1984 European Championship finishing third in their group behind Holland and Spain.
It was also worn in the opening games of the 1986 World Cup Qualifiers, where Ireland’s failure to qualify saw the end of manager Eoin Hand’s time in charge and the start of the footballing revolution under Jack Charlton.
There is also the 2002 home shirt.
This special edition shirt has ‘World Cup 2002’ embroidered about the badge as it was worn when Ireland reached the competition held in South Korea and Japan after beating Iran in a play off. Manager Mick McCarthy led his team into the knockout stages where they narrowly lost 3-2 on penalties to Spain.
It is back to 1990, when the whole of Ireland held their breath as Ireland and Romania faced a penalty shoot-out to determine who would make it through to the Quarter-Finals to play Italy.
Amazon have a smaller selection of retro Ireland shirts, they include a retro 1970s style home shirt.
A side which saw Johnny Giles become player manager and the debut of the great Liam Brady and signs that things were improving as they narrowly missed out qualifying for the 1978 World Cup, finished two points behind France.
TOFFS (which stands for The Old Fashioned Football Shirt) specialise in handcrafted, vintage football shirts made to the highest quality in the North of England – with each shirt as close to the real thing as possible.
TOFFS have six lovely retro shirts including a 1949 home shirt (above).
This shirt was famously worn in 1949 when, on 21 September, Ireland beat England 2-0 at Everton’s Goodison Park. This was the first time England had suffered a home defeat by a team outside of the home countries of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Or you can get a 1966-69 home shirt.
This shirt was worn at a time when the Irish FA were shifting their attitude to home grown players – at the time Shay Brennan, a Manchester United full back became the first player born outside the Republic to be selected to play for the national team (he had an Irish parent).
1969 also saw Mick Meagan appointed as the first permanent manager of the national side.
So there you have it. If, like me, you are a lover of football and all things retro there are a huge selection of classic Ireland shirts you can pick up to revel in the nostalgia of days gone by!