3 thoughts on “Twice as Nice – Republic of Ireland, 1997-98

  1. My biggest 3 gripes against this strip when it came out was……
    1. It’s a bit too Much… I.m.o it maybe would have been better if they used the England or Scotland 97 templates? Or the simple English euro 96 or 2000 templates?
    2. It should have been an 3rd kit not away as traditional white away kit is simply the home kit reversed…… admittedly as no international teams play in green and white stripes (baring France 1978 World Cup kit fiasco) …… so it’s likely as 3rd colours it’s only use would be Belfast away games🤔? Not sure if that’s pc enough but then Northern Ireland have worn blue in Dublin a few times haven’t they?
    3.orange top …… fine
    Black shorts and trim …… great
    But socks should have been orange with white turnovers …… so they could have option off been used also as alternative socks along with home shirts and shorts to create an “tricolour kit “for the few occasions when Ireland playing teams with green socks (or red socks when colour blind rules apply ) and the “tricolour “ would cause less of any overall clash then the normal white/green/ white away kit?

  2. I think the white socks were from the goalkeeper kit that was intended to wear alongside the away kit… it was white with a black and green print, identical to a kit Peter Schmeichel wore when Man Utd wore their similarly designed blue third kit launched during the 96/97 season.

    However as Macedonia wore white, Alan Kelly had to wear a purple and yellow jersey instead of the intended white one.

  3. Thanks for this…..I always had in my head that this kit had white socks originally…..i knew I wasn’t going mad…..u like the orange kit, however I wonder what happens if ireland draw the Netherlands in Euro qualifying? ……… I would love to see an Irish yellow and green kit similar to Lithuania though

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