Sunday 21 January 2018

Dubs to avoid Cavan colour clash with new 'All Black' shirt

Conor McHugh and his Dublin teammates are likely wear a black shirt in tomorrow's All-Ireland U-21 FC semi-final against Cavan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Conor McHugh and his Dublin teammates are likely wear a black shirt in tomorrow's All-Ireland U-21 FC semi-final against Cavan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Dublin look set to wear a new black jersey for their All-Ireland U-21 FC semi-final against Cavan in Portlaoise tomorrow.

In a new departure, the Dubs are expected to don black to avoid a colour clash with opponents Cavan.

The deeper blue of the latest Dublin jersey, which they have worn this season on the back of their new €4m sponsorship deal with AIG, was considered by the GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee to be too close to Cavan's royal blue.

CCCC have requested that both teams change colours and it is understood that Cavan will wear white.

Dublin chairman Andy Kettle said there was a "better than even" chance that black would be the colour tomorrow. He denied, however, that the choice of the colour as their second shirt, if they do press ahead with it, has anything to do with their sponsor's commercial link with the All Black rugby team.

The 2014 GAA diary officially lists Dublin's alternative jersey as navy with a blue trim. AIG hosted a promotional event between the All Blacks and the Dublin senior football squad when the New Zealand rugby team toured here last November.

The unique black jersey is sure to be popular among supporters for its novelty value.

Dublin are not accustomed to changing colours for matches in modern times. For the 1953 league final they wore the colours of St Vincent's because 14 of the starting team hailed from the Marino club.

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport