League of Ireland Kit of The Week – Bohemians, 2006

Bohemian FC, or Bohemians, initially wore white shirts with two red stripes and black shorts, but in the early 20th century that was changed to the now-familiar red and black stripes.

However, there have occasionally been exceptions, such as the red with black sleeves worn in the mid-1980s, and again in 2006, the club’s final year with O’Neills as their kit suppliers.

Bohs fan Luke O’Riordan feels that Bohs’ player-manager of the time, Gareth Farrelly, may have pushed for an all-black look, and while there were red flashes reminiscent of the Umbro style of the time, the fans didn’t take to it. “It was reviled,” Luke said.

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The fact that Bohs finished ninth out of 12 teams in the Premier Division – and also incurred a three-point penalty for fielding an unregistered player – added to lack of memorability for the kit.

From a personal point of view, this kit does have one other insignificant association. On March 24, March 2006, I saw 35-year-old Vinny Arkins come off the bench for Bohs against Cork City at Turner’s Cross – 15 years and 364 days previously, he had played up front for Shamrock Rovers against City in an FAI Cup game, the first match I attended, and it was the last time I saw any of the players from the 1990 match in action.

 

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