Shelbourne have paid tribute to late U16 player Izzy Dezu in their kit for the 2018 season.
Izzy tragically passed away while playing in a match with his club in December, leading to an outpouring of grief and tributes from the wider football community.
To honour his memory, the First DIvision side have unveiled the home shirts that they will be wearing for the new season, with the name “IZZY” embroidered under the Shelbourne crest in addition to a new partnership agreement with Dublin City University.
Our partnership with @DublinCityUni was launched in Tolka Park on Thursday. Cian Kavanagh, Dean Delany and James O’Brien are pictured here in the new kits.
— Shelbourne FC (@shelsfc) February 22, 2018
The new kits will get their first airing when Shels take on UCD in Friday’s night’s clash to beging their 2018 First Division campaign.
The gesture is similar to that of Derry City, who carry a tribute to late captain Ryan McBride on their home shirt with the number five on the front, Ryan’s squad number with the Candystripes.
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