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Irish League Shirts

In 2007, when the Irish Premier League XI faced the England National Game XI at Mourneview, they wore a Northern Ireland kit for the first time.  Up to that point, Irish League representative sides had worn bespoke kits, but it was a sign of the times as the administration of the Irish Football League was being absorbed into the Irish Football Association. The term "Irish League" is now just coloquial shorthand for the NIFL (which was (re)spun off from the IFA in 2013). It is tricky to track the details of all kits worn by the Irish League since 1890, with even colours being hard to confirm, but below is an attempt to give a snapshot. 1914 1930s 1942 (Northern Regional / War-Time League) 1949 In the 1930s the Irish FA switched from blue to green, but it seems the Irish League had been wearing green in the decades before. Certainly in 1930 through the rest of the decade the first choice jersey was green with a lace-up collar which by then was a compa

Josh Clarke

Name: Joshua Clarke Born: 28 July 2004 Height:  Weight:  Position: Goalkeeper Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Under-19; England: Under-18 (training camp); Republic of Ireland: Under-18; Sweden: Under-16, Under-15. Club Career: Teams ..... -Seasons- Signed -Fee- League Chelsea ....................  Youth 0(0)/0 Bournemouth 20/1-21/2 ......  Youth 0(0)/0 Glenavon .. 21/2 ....  Apr-22 Celtic  Biography: Young goalkeeper who trained with senior panel ahead of a March 2022 friendly with Luxembourg. He has previously spent time within the youth international set-ups of Sweden, Republic of Ireland and England. He spent eight years at Chelsea as a boy before, highlights of his time at Stamford Bridge include victory in the prestigious KDB (Kevin De Bruyne) Cup in 2019 where he was also voted as Goalkeeper of the Tournament. At 16 he joined Bournemouth where he went viral  after scoring for the Under-18s when deplyed as an emergency forward.

Alternative Historical Kits

A selection of Northern Ireland kits that may have come to be in different circumstances: Olympic Sportswear (1999-2001) Had the OS deal not collapsed early, could we have ended up in kits like these? (As supplied to Rushden & Diamonds and Dundee United)  1958 World Cup If we had had our kits manufactured by the same people who supplied our opponents - Czechoslovakia, Argentina, West Germany and France.  Late-80s Hummel  If we had been provided the same templates as worn by Denmark (homes) and Spurs (aways) 1970s Admiral Had we joined the Admiral revolution rather than staying "safe" with Umbro then Adidas. 1980s Le Coq Sportif In the 1980s French firm Le Coq Sportif supplied many clubs, including Linfield. Here are re-imagined St Etienne, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Everton kits with some re-jigged shorts/socks combos. Still Blue If we had retained blue as our first choice. Presumably green would have been OK as an accent colour as it was used as an alternative in the other

NI Players in the SPFL

(Statistics to the end of the 2020/21 season) Since the SPFL was formed in 2013, 67 Northern Ireland players have featured across the four divisions. This breaks down as follows: 32 full internationals 25 Under-21 internationals 5 players capped at youth levels  2 players called-up to the senior squad and (as yet) uncapped 3 otherwise eligible players uncapped at any level The following number of players have played in each of the four divisions: Premiership - 49 players Championship - 27 players League One - 17  League Two - 9 players Title Winners Premiership Steven Davis (Rangers) 2020/21 Championship Dominic Ball (Rangers) 2015/16 Liam Boyce (Hearts) 2020/21 Aaron McEneff (Hearts) 2020/21 Billy McKay (Ross Co) 2018/19 Callum Morris (Ross Co) 2018/19 Dean Shiels (Rangers) 2015/16 Michael Smith (Hearts) 2020/21 League One Shea Gordon (Partick Thistle) 2020/21 Andrew Little (Rangers) 2013/14 Dean Shiels (Rangers) 2013/14 League Two Brya