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The Extremely Split Reaction To Bohs' New Bob Marley Jersey

The Extremely Split Reaction To Bohs' New Bob Marley Jersey
By Gavin Cooney

Bohemians and Bob Marley may be the most surprising intersection between the League of Ireland and international fame since Bunk from The Wire declared himself a Pat's fan.

Bohs have unveiled their new, O'Neill's-manufactured away kit for 2019 this morning, and we invite you to take a scan of it, from top to bottom. It starts off plausibly enough: tidy round neck... lovely vertical stripe... somewhat gaudy sponsor's logo....and HOLY HECK THERE'S A MASSIVE EMBOSSED IMAGE OF BOB MARLEY AT THE BOTTOM.

For those unaware, Marley played a gig at Dalymount on July 6th, 1980, landing in Dublin to the ambient howls and gnashing of conservative teeth. Bohs have paid homage to Marley in the recent past, with the Gypsies Supporters Trust paying for a mural of Marley earlier this year.

They have now decided to lash Marley on the new away kit, saying that they designed it in conjunction with O'Neill's to give "a nod to Dalymount's special place in the hearts of football and music fans".

Sligo Rovers, meanwhile, reacted swiftly and superbly.

Balls would like to see the GAA follow the example of Bohs here, and emblazon jerseys with images of acts who have played a gig at the relevant ground. So we forsee  Ed Sheeran on Galway football jersey, the Beach Boys on the Roscommon top, Tom Dunne on Tipp hurling jersey, and the blank, featureless outline of Garth Brooks on the Dubs' jersey. If Dublin prefer not to be reminded of the Brooks farrago, perhaps they will settle for an image of the Pope. If this were to happen, however, Kodaline might end up on every kit in the Sigerson Cup.

To get back to the kit at hand: the reaction elsewhere to Bohs' bold decision has been....varied.

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