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And it's not the first time that supporters of our wee country have got shirty about kit

By Stuart McKinley

You can almost put your shirt on football kits dividing opinion among fans - with Northern Ireland having its fair share of questionable attire down the years.

The Irish FA's previous deal with Adidas ended in 1990, heralding the introduction of a new Umbro kit (worn above by Iain Dowie), with a strange combination of green triangles and white lines. The blue away kit, which was along similar lines, was never worn by the senior team.

The mid-'90s saw navy blue hit Northern Ireland shirts in a big way.

The quartered green and blue home version went down well with some, but the red and white away kit wasn't a big hit and was only worn once - albeit in a win against Slovakia.

Blues sleeves are nothing new. The late '90s version, worn above by Keith Gillespie, was a bit of a monstrosity, though, and the away kit, which one grey sleeve and one red, was even worse.

Again, thankfully, it was only seen once, but fans remember it fondly as the team beat the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

The retro shirt for the IFA's 125th anniversary was more popular, but the shade of green was very 'un-Northern Ireland like'.

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