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You might have thought that last week’s story about Cameroon wearing Umbro shirts with adidas shorts and socks was a unique one, but that isn’t the case.

Thirty-one years ago today, the Republic of Ireland beat Brazil 1-0 at Lansdowne Road thanks to a Liam Brady goal.

Jack Charlton’s side were wearing the adidas kit which had been launched the previous year, updated with a new crest (more on that tomorrow).

 

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However, goalkeeper Packie Bonner was in something of a quandary.

He normally wore yellow but obviously that was out against Brazil. In Ireland’s game away to Belgium in 1986, he wore the orange and black ‘dip-dye’ shirt but that seemingly wasn’t available.

Instead, he turned out in a silver shirt, but one made by Umbro – a teamwear style known as the Grobbelaar. The likeliest guess is that it was one he used for training at Celtic, given the similarities to his club jersey at the time.

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Three years later, Bonner would again be clad in silver for the greatest moment of his Ireland’s career as he saved Daniel Timofte’s when the World Cup last-16 game with Romania went to a shootout.

Thankfully, on that occasion they had planned ahead and it was an adidas shirt.