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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Is naming by number in the public dis-interest?

Published 06/01/2016 | 02:30

Gavin argues that player-specific jersey numbers would make things clearer for supporters in an era when players don’t operate in standardised positions. Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Gavin argues that player-specific jersey numbers would make things clearer for supporters in an era when players don’t operate in standardised positions. Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Jim Gavin sees merit in allocating player-specific jersey numbers, rather than the traditional method which has applied for decades.

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So instead of handing them jerseys 2-15 (outfield players) largely in line with their positions, the defence could be numbered 14-11-17-21-8-20, depending on players' names.

Gavin argues that it would make things clearer for supporters in an era when players don't operate in standardised positions.

He also sees commercial gain for county boards, who could market players as per number. We'll take his word that it's meant as an aid to supporters and county boards and not an attempt to further confuse the public.

Trouble is, public manipulation, involving the issuing of bogus starting selections in several counties over recent years will leave those of a more suspicious nature needing some persuasion that it wouldn't end up as yet another anti-information device.

Irish Independent

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