Midweek Mashup – Republic of Ireland, 2004
We have seen in previous articles how games against France in Paris led to interesting all-green kits for the Republic of Ireland, with a complete adidas kit borrowed in 1973 while a set of adidas shorts was procured in 1976.
As well as all-green, all-white was used as a change outfit in the 1970s, while the game away to Estonia in 2001 saw white-white-green used. For the World Cup qualifier at the Stade de France on October 9, 2004, a new combination was seen.
Generally speaking, Ireland tended to wear a change kit when shorts clashes occurred, but this time they stayed in their new home shirts and used the shorts from the 2003 away kit, featuring the newly updated crest.
However, in addition, they opted to wear the away socks too, creating a new visual.
A 0-0 draw was the result. The following year, Ireland would take to wearing white socks as first choice, but France – wearing all-blue – won 1-0 at Lansdowne Road in September 2005 to end The Boys in Green’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup.