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These Ireland Internationals' Earliest Premier League Stickers Are Hugely Entertaining

These Ireland Internationals' Earliest Premier League Stickers Are Hugely Entertaining
By Mikey Traynor Updated

Merlin (and later Topps but really it was all about Merlin) Premier League stickers were something that every Irish sports fan will have a sentimental attachment to, as whether you were tricking the younger children in the playground to swap their David Ginola for your fourth duplicate of Warren Barton, or merely buying packets just to use the stickers for decorative purposes like ruining your Sony Playstation with a picture of Jason Euell, they were absolutely everywhere.

Thankfully, they were so popular that nearly every sticker ever produced is available on the internet to buy (most of them autographed), and so we have been able to go back and laugh at the a few Irish players in their earliest sticker photos.

Shay Given

Never made the album at Blackburn or Sunderland, it wasn't until he made the position of Newcastle's #1 his own in 1998 that he finally got the sticker treatment.

John O'Shea

As unsettling a grin as you will see, this was Nutmegging-Figo-Era Sheasey at the peak of his powers, flying down the flanks at Old Trafford.

Paul McShane

The orange background doing him no favours here...

Richard Dunne

Magnificent.

Marc Wilson

Look at that head of hair on Marc! This was before he tattooed his geometric beard onto his face as well.

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Ian Harte

Love the hair, and you know that jersey was about nine sizes too big as well.

Glenn Whelan

Magnificent. He'd be great to see under Guardiola for the current City team.

Kevin Kilbane

We were hoping for an awful curtain haricut, but that million-dollar smile will do.

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Damien Duff

First Premier League sticker? Or first communion photo?

Shane Long

Aww bless!

Not only does he look 11-years-old, he actually looks like Reece from 'Malcolm In The Middle' there.

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Daryl Murphy

Good Lord that hair.

Every 'lads holiday' from 2005-2009 on show as Daryl Murphy could have seamlessly slotted into any failed boy-band on X-Factor.

Jon Walters

Yes, this is actually Jon Walters, and not a young lad asking you for a smoke as you get off the Luas.

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Incredible.

Robbie Keane

What we'd give for that fresh faced cartwheeling youngster in our squad now...

Bonus: Roy Keane

The assistant boss lookin' well. Fierce well.

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SEE ALSO: 15 Infuriatingly Common Premier League Stickers That Sat In Everybody's "Swaps" Pile

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