Green and, er blue, army?... Local NI FC fans have their say

The new Northern Ireland kit.
The new Northern Ireland kit.
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Local Northern Ireland FC fans have given the controversial new Euro 2016 shirt the thumbs down.

The blue and green kit has sparked a backlash among fans across Northern Ireland following the big reveal on Monday.

I was under the impression they were the green and white army not the green and blue army.

Dean Nutt, press officer at Institute F.C.

Adidas and the Northern Ireland Football Association yesterday revealed the new look home shirt which will be worn by the team during the UEFA matches next year.

In a statement accompanying the unveiling on the Irish Football Association’s website, it was stated:

“The new home shirt has re-introduced navy detailing on the chest and sleeve, designed to create impact on pitch next summer when the likes of Davis, Baird and Lafferty take to the pitch at UEFA Euro 2016.

“The new home shirt design pays tribute to designs from the 80s when the team last reached a major international competition at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Finals in Mexico.”

The new home kit is due to get its first airing for the opening match against Latvia on November 13.

Russell King, Secretary of the Londonderry Branch of the Northern Ireland Supporters Club, isn’t overly fussed.

He said: “To me it’s like a training top and they have got the two-tone blue from the away rig but personally I think it should be all green. They play in green most of the time.

“In saying that if it is bought for Christmas I’ll wear it.

“Jerseys don’t win games and I’d say the younger boys will like it and the older hands will not,” he added.

Dean Nutt, press officer at Institute FC and NI fan said: “I was under the impression they were the green and white army not the green and blue army.

“I think they are missing the one chance at this. This is the first time in 30 years Northern Ireland and hopefully they will have a chance to put this right. I don’t even know what the blue is supposed to symbolise.”

Mr Nutt said that all the other tops unveiled by Adidas were symbolic and recognisable, but not Northern Ireland’s.

Bill Anderson, chairman of Institute FC, was similarly unimpressed.

Mr Anderson said: “It’s a miss with me. I don’t mind the blue shoulder features- the only bit I feel doesn’t help is the blue bar across the front. That’s the main issue for me.

“But I suppose at the end of the day it’s how the players play is the most important thing,” he added.

The new Northern Ireland Home kit for 2015/16 is now available to pre-order exclusively from JD Sports, www.jdsports.co.uk/Northern-Ireland, from today and will be available instore and online early in December.