Derry City's new away shirt was launched in Foyleside today with Sammy Morrow and Sean Hargan on hand to model the new strip.

Derry City's new away shirt was launched in Foyleside today with Sammy Morrow and Sean Hargan on hand to model the new strip. The shirt is available in the Candystripe Store, High Street in all sizes.

The shirt is a return to the classic Argentina shirt and the City will be hoping for a return to the glory days of 1988/89.

City will be returning to an "Argentina" style away shirt, which has featured as the club's away shirt several times since entering the League of Ireland.

1988-89, the year in which City completed the domestic treble the team sported a blue and white striped away shirt, and Stephen Kenny will be hoping that history repeats itself this time around.

This is the second time that O'Neills will have produced a blue and white away shirt for City, as they were also kit makers in 1997 when City wore a broad blue and white striped shirt.  

The 08/09 home kit was unveiled a while ago.

The 08/09 home kit was unveiled a while ago.

The current colours of the red and white striped jersey with black shorts are derived from an early connection with Sheffield United, who wear the identical pattern. Specifically, the colour-change should be attributed to Billy Gillespie. Gillespie, a native of nearby Donegal, played for Sheffield United over a twenty-year period from 1913 until 1932, and scored over 137 league and cup goals in 492 games for the South Yorkshire side, as well as captaining them to FA Cup success in 1925.

He was the club's most capped player with 25 for Ireland and had started out with Derry Celtic before embarking on a career across the Irish Sea. The man was held in such high regard in his home country that when he left United in 1932 to replace Joe McCleery as manager of Derry City, the club changed their strip to red and white stripes within two years of his arrival in reverence to him and his time at the Blades.

Derry have had their kits supplied by various manufacturers over the years, including Adidas, Avec, Erreà, Fila, Le Coq Sportif, Matchwinner, O'Neills, Spall and Umbro.

Commercial sponsorhip logos to appear on the front of shirt have included Northlands (a local alcohol and drugs treatment and awareness organisation), Warwick Wallpapers, Fruit of the Loom, Smithwick's, and AssetCo.

Other sponsorship logos to have appeared on the sleeve have included the Trinity Hotel, Tigi Bed Head and Tigi Catwalk. For the 2007 season, the logos of local media, Q102.9 and the Derry News, appear on the back of the shirt just below the neck, along with the logo of Meteor Electrical on the jersey's front.

 

 

Comments (19)

  1. fsc

Beautiful! O\'Neills are a top class company. Their GAA tops are top class as well. I would not mind of of those fit women either. haha

 
  1. fsc

Let\'s be honest: O\'Neills makes the worst kits ever, both in terms of style and quality

 
  1. fsc

I disagree, I think O\'neills are class designs, but poor quality manufacturer, well that\'s based on my collection of Bohemians shirts, but these do look really nice, especially the away kit.

 
  1. fsc

Yes, they are not that good at the soccer. tops, their Gaelic football shirts are beautiful though. I am happy Ireland\'s own manufacturer is getting exposure.

 
  1. fsc

ok, they may have improved in terms of style in the past years, but the quality, compared to other kits manifacturer, is very very poor

 
  1. fsc

By it lacking quality what do you mean mate? I have not had a problem. I have to be serious about 20 O\'Neills tops from the mid 90\'s to present and not one problem with any of them, all holding together, no bobbles. What have you seen to make it bad in quality? I will admit though their soccer tops have not been the greatest, but the Gaelic tops are brilliant.

 
  1. fsc

For quality I mean the details (neck, sleeves), the technology behind the texture, the fit and so on. It would be too long to explain the whole thing, but if you are a football shirt passionate you should understand these things straight away. Honestly, don\'t get nationalistic just because you are Irish, it\'s just a objective fact, every football shirt lover will tell you the same thing: not good..

 
  1. fsc

I\'m not getting nationalistic. what are you on about? I think O\'Neills is great, it is comfortable enough for me, have not had a problem with size (it fits like it should unlike other companies that is either a size too big or too small.) To me it doesn\'t matter if it\'s made in fucking Zimbabwe. No need to get an attitude I\'m just stating my opinion.

 
  1. fsc

Cathal I agree with you, I have a few Cliftonville tops and they are all great.

 
  1. fsc

waste of time, we are talking from two different planets: keep buying your shirts and I\'ll keep buying mine...

 
  1. fsc

Cathal must work for oneills :P :P :P , it doesnt explain otherwise

 
  1. fsc

My own club wears O\'Neills. Absolute Shite. POxy Gaelic jersey material

 
  1. fsc

\"it is comfortable enough for me, have not had a problem with size (it fits like<br />it should unlike other companies that is either a size too big or too small.)\"<br /><br />yeah, even tesco 2?

 
  1. fsc

the new derry tops are ridiculously oversized, i look like im wearing a f*&king dress.

 
  1. fsc

\"Cathal I agree with you, I have a few Cliftonville tops and they are all great.\"<br /><br />O\'Neills GAA tops = Tacky (even tackier if you\'re a cliftonville fan) <br /><br />Although these derry city one\'s are looking decent, loving the argentina one!

 
  1. fsc

its crap dat kit ya need a gd linfield 1 c\'mon linfield

 
  1. fsc

o\'neills is the best. better than all these huge companies that could not give a shite about a team that they sponsor.<br /><br />COME ON!!! YOU THINK UMBRO CARES ABOUT LINFIELD?!?!?!<br /><br />HAHA

 
  1. Paul - curswine

Suits Stoke. Nothing special but decent.

 
  1. Joe Barbieri

Yeah, nice mate :smile:

 
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