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New Northern Ireland away kit released and it looks to be a firm favourite with fans

By Adrian Rutherford

This is the new Northern Ireland away jersey - and it looks like the Irish FA has finally scored a winner with fans.

Based on the same template as the controversial 2016 home kit, it has a more traditional white and green colour scheme.

The top, designed by Adidas in conjunction with the IFA, was unveiled today.

It is likely to go some way to appeasing supporters who have been crying foul over the main strip, released earlier this week.

Many are unhappy with the amount of blue in the traditionally green and white jersey.

More than 6,000 signed an online petition calling for it to be scrapped within 48 hours of it being revealed.

The away shirt, which will be used at Euro 2016 if the main top clashes with an opposing team's colours, is more conventional.

Mostly white, it incorporates green in the form of a chest band, the iconic three stripes on the sleeves and the v-collar.

The jersey was first leaked online - and met with fans' approval.

Ian McKinney, who started the petition against the main jersey, said the away top was a big improvement. "It is green and white - which is a good starting point," he said.

"It is definitely better than the home version, and the hope would be that they will just wear this one at Euro 2016 and we can forget the other one." Mr McKinney said he had been overwhelmed by the depth of ill-feeling towards the main jersey. He thought his petition might secure 1,000 signatures - but it hit 5,000 within 24 hours.

"It's still going. I thought once we hit the 5,000 mark it would peter out, but it keeps going up," he added. "It shows how much people are bothered." The away jersey received mainly positive feedback on the Our Wee Country Facebook forum. Mark Prentice wrote: "Pretty sure it'll be a sea of white travelling to France."

Willie Green posted: "That's very nice. Now all they need to do is reverse the colours for the home jersey."

Jeff Montgomery said: "As we'll be playing all the games away (in France) can we just wear this?"

The new home kit will be on show for the first time tomorrow night when Northern Ireland play Latvia in a Windsor Park friendly.

The IFA said the kit paid homage to the designs of the 1980s when the team last reached a major tournament.

It was, they added, "designed to create impact on the pitch next summer".

The full adult kit, including shirt, shorts and socks, costs £97.

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