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The Good, The Bad And The Odd Of League of Ireland Jerseys

John Dodge
By John Dodge
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You can see in this pic from the 2013 Airtricity League Launch that broadly speaking most League of Ireland jerseys are fairly standard. 

That isn't always the case.  Let's look at some of the best, worst and oddest LOI jerseys in the past.

We'll start with an an example of a good template used well. Cork City's kit followed on from the German groundbreaker in Euro 88 but if anything the Cork City colours suit it better.

Pic via Cork City Jerseys


Now we'll look at one of the worst. This purple Shamrock Rovers effort from 1993 looked bad then, and it looks worse now. It might even have been a factor in Rovers winning the league that year as opponents were left felling nauseous moments after seeing it for the first time. You'll be happy to know that Matchwinner is still going too.


Pic via Vintage Football Shirts

And now for the odd.  Here's the Athlone Town kit from 1974/75.


In this brilliant article on the, equally brilliant, CorkCityKits.com, football historian Gerry Desmond tries to explain the allure of this kit in 1970s League of Ireland.  CorkCityKits.com's Denis Hurley created this colour graphic to forther illustrate the kit.



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