Top 10 Hipster Republic Of Ireland Jerseys

The Irish football team may not be blessed with bundles of creativity on the pitch, but what we lack in footballing prowess we more than make up for with our jerseys.

You’re not a real footballing hipster unless you’ve got some of these works of art in your wardrobe. Without further adieu, here are the top ten hipster jerseys in the history of the Republic of Ireland national football team.


1.  Packie’s Pale Piece (1988-90 Goalkeeper Shirt)

Goalkeeper Shirt 1988-90

Up first on our list of hipster jerseys is this fantastic goalkeeping number. You may remember the piece being displayed by our hero Packie Bonner back in the fruitful 1988-90 period.

The colour of the jersey was originally white, but turned to a palish yellow colour when the entire nation spilled their pints over Packie after his heroics between the sticks. Not the rarest hipster jersey on today’s list, but a gem no doubt.

Hipster Rating: 4/10


2. The FAI Watermark (1995-96 Goalkeeper Shirt)

Goalkeeper Shirt 1995-1996

No, your eyes have not deceived you. This was in fact one of the jerseys produced by Umbro for the Irish goalkeepers in the 1995-6 season. Contrary to popular belief, that is not an FAI watermark on the image, it is part of the actual jersey!

If you thought the FAI were an egotistical bunch now, just imagine how people felt when they saw the acronym branded all over this gruesome piece of kit.

A true Irish hipster would only be seen flaunting this jersey.

Hipster Rating: 11/10


3. The Orange One  (1997-99 Away Jersey )

The Orange One.

One of the most iconic jerseys that Ireland have ever worn. With the dominant colour being orange, it was always going to be controversial in a country that bleeds green and white. Worn during a game against Northern Ireland, one journalist noted that it was “Irishmen in orange chasing Orange men in green around the pitch”.

It certainly goes against the grain of predominantly white away jerseys that we have become accustomed to. It was worn between 1997 and 1999 a period in which Ireland failed to qualify for the World Cup.

This jersey ranks highly in our hipster rating due to its flamboyant design an its standing among previous and current Ireland attire.

Hipster Ranking: 9/10


4. The Sadlier (1999 Away Jersey)

The Holy Grail of hipster jerseys.


Much like Banksy, the whereabouts of The Sadlier are unknown.

This is the Holy Grail for hipsters worldwide. An original 1999 Richie Sadlier classic. The jersey itself is rarer than Sadlier’s Ireland appearances.

The glimmer from the jersey gives it the appearance of paint drying, much like the expert’s TV appearances. An undeniable hipster heirloom, The Sadlier is believed to be buried in a chamber underneath Lansdowne Road along with John Delaney’s FAI-commissioned solid gold Tutankhamun-esque tomb. Legend says that Delaney wants to be buried in The Sadlier when his time comes.

Up there with the likes of Stephen Ireland’s granny, it is unknown whether The Sadlier actually exists.

Hipster Ranking: 1,000,000/10


5.  (1999-2000 Goalkeeper Jersey)

Half an Umbro symbol, what were you thinking?


This Black and Red number is one of those pieces worn by part-time hipsters looking to dip their toes in the waters of Hipster-Nation. Released around the turn of the millennium, the jersey is not your typical hipster vintage.

Believed to be based on the FAI’s financial situation, the abundance of red spoke volumes. The centre of the jersey looks as if the manufacturers wanted to put a massive Umbro symbol on the jersey but pulled out halfway.

A hipster piece, but not of the fully-fledged hipster variety.

Hipster Ranking: 5/10


6.  The Round Peg-Square Hole (1994-96 Away Jersey)

Did the manufacturers forget about the Opel logo?

This model shows one of the craziest designs ever conceived for an Ireland jersey due to its random patches of orange and green scattered amongst its arches of colour that extend towards the collar.

Not instantly recognisable, this jersey has an originality that most Irish jersey connoisseurs would appreciate.  The Opel sponsor logo appears to have been designed too big  and too green for the jersey, hence a random piece of orange colouring on one side of the jersey so that the ‘L’ in the logo can be seen.

Hipster high-five!

Hipster Ranking: 7/10


7. The Belly-Top (1992-93 Goalkeeper Jersey)

Half belly-top, half-jersey? What a bargain!

This goalkeeping ensemble appears to have been created with two different designs in mind; either a  yellow belly-top or a green and black vertical stripe design.

Both look to have been chosen and we are now left with this piece of footballing history, an undoubted priceless artefact for the collectors out there.

The jersey, used between 1992 and 1993,  would have seen some of the greatest years in Irish footballing history but never lived up to the standards of the players of the time.

Hipster Ranking: 9/10


8. The Aldridge Special (1994 Away Jersey)

John Aldridge will fondly remember this classic jersey.

While not a stylistic classic, hipsters will appreciate the interesting placement of the Ireland crest and adidas logo, the prominent Opel logo and the artistic fading out of the stripes.

The jersey might have been given out free with new Opel Corsas in 1994, but unlike the car the jersey didn’t suffer the same depreciation and still attracts a significant price tag on eBay.

This piece of haute couture had its most famous outing in Ireland’s ill fated 2nd group game of the 1994 World Cup against Mexico in Florida’s Citrus Bowl.  Thermometer-shattering temperatures led Steve Staunton to be hauled off with sun stroke and John Aldridge famously nearly stuck the head in on a sideline official who was unduly concerned with the rules surrounding substitutions.

Hipster Ranking: 5/10

9.  That ’70s Style (1979 Goalkeeper Jersey)

Hipsters adore the ’70s and this jersey is a classic.

A retro classic with all the ingredients needed for a hipster’s dream; old school crest, O’Neills logo before GAA started going all Premiership on their jersey designs, and a 1970s St Patrick’s Day Parade faded orange colour.

Irish fashion has been blessed with magnificent goalkeeping apparel for generations and this stylish garment is no exception. Hipsters would probably sport its understated elegance relaxing on a chilled out Sunday.

Hipster Ranking: 9/10


10. The Watermark Strikes Back (1997-99 Home Jersey)

The Watermark was to the forefront again in 1997-99.

This one has watermarks on it, perhaps to distinguish it as an original from the deluge of Chinese knock offs expected  The period of its use from 1997-99 was not an especially fruitful one for the Boys In Green and in failing to qualify for Euro 2000, this embodiment of cool was denied the global stage it richly deserved.

Nonetheless it enjoys pride of place in the wardrobe of all long term Irish fans.

Hipster Ranking: 7/10

Did we forget any hipster jerseys? Let us know by commenting underneath this article!

This article was written by Richard Barrett, Rob Lyons and Dan O’Mahony, all of whom are different degrees of hipster, with Dan taking the form of King Hipster.

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