PITJ Articles

PITJ Articles

Strange goalkeeper 'jerseys'

by Pride In The Jersey on 12/20/12

We've all seen it, a goalkeeper in something different to a 'normal' GAA shirt, but what's the rarest or most unusual? We offer one example, and invite more suggestions, see here.

"Sure they have a big gold hoop, the jerseys are totally different"

by Pride In The Jersey on 12/16/12

In another entry in our occasional 'Stubborn Refusal to Change Jerseys' category, we look at the lead-up to the 1967 Munster SHC final, when Clare were asked to change but decided not to. Read it here.

Three Jerseys In One Year

by Pride In The Jersey on 01/08/12

Some counties (Kilkenny or Dublin, for example) never have to change their jerseys, and while others are forced to do more regularly, it's still quite rare that a team has to wear three different kits in the same championship campaign.

Perhaps it's no surprise that the counties that have done so all wear green and gold, but it's still quite a feat. Click here for more information.

Earning Their Stripes?

by Pride In The Jersey on 12/21/11

Irish sportswear company O'Neills regularly adorn their garments with a three-striped design, which is usually the sole preserve of German giants adidas. Action was taken by adidas against O'Neills in 1980 in a bid to stop them using the three stripes and, when that case was lost, O'Neills also won when adidas appealed in 1982.

Every so often, the question pops up on various internet forums, with a range of different answers proferred, such as O'Neills claiming that they actually had five stripes (counting the two in between the three), O'Neills saying that if they lost they'd go out of business and the court being lenient, or that adidas and O'Neills were in partnership and that when it ended, O'Neills were allowed to retain the design. 

In fact, the simple truth is that O'Neills were not considered to be passing off their garments as adidas ones and that is why the court found in their favour. Here, we reproduce various newspaper articles from that period.

Kerry and Mayo and the need for change

by Pride In The Jersey on 08/21/11

Today (August 21), Kerry meet Mayo in the All-Ireland football semi-final. Both counties have mainly green jerseys, Kerry with a gold hoop and Mayo a red one, but a change of colours has not always been required when they have met in the championship.

Here, we evaluate clashes between the counties since 1981, and also offer some suggestions as to how the problem may be circumvented.