Republic of Ireland
The Republic's results were poor during the 1960s and early 1970s and they failed to qualify for any major competitions. Things improved after Johnny Giles became player-manager in the 1970s and when the young Liam Brady came into the side, Ireland became even stronger, narrowly missing out on qualification for the 1978 World Cup.
In 1959, Ireland replaced their old fashioned collared shirts with modern V necks. The Irish team reached the quarter-finals of the European Nations' Cup in 1964. The team almost qualified for the 1966 World Cup after Syria withdrew, leaving Ireland to play-off against Spain after both team won their home games. Under pressure from the Spanish FA, the FA of Ireland agreed to move the decisive play-off from Wembley, where a large ex-patriot Irish support would have been guaranteed, to Paris. Spain won 1-0.
A change kit was not required during this period.
1969 v Hungary
Results in the late 1960s were poor and the republic missed out on the 1968 European Nations finals as well as the 1966 World Cup. Plain white stockings were worn for a game with Hungary in 1969, to avoid a clash with the Hungarian's predominantly green socks.
1970 v Hungary
1973 v France
May 19 1973
South America Tour May 1974
The national team's crest was altered slightly in 1969 and now featured four shamrocks rather than the traditional three. Former Leeds and Ireland international Johnny Giles became manager and under his leadership, combined with the influence of the young Liam Brady on the pitch, the Republic's results steadily improved.
When the team travelled to Paris in May 1973 their kit did not arrive (rumour has it that someone at the FAI forgot to put it on the plane) so their hosts provided them with an all-green Adidas strip.
The kits for the 1974 tour of South America were made by a Brazilian company, Athleta.
1976 v France
1976 v Turkey
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In 1976 O'Neill's won the contract to supply the national team's kits. The company was based in the Republic and already supplied kits to most, if not all of the teams competing in Gaelic Football and Hurling. O'Neill's would be the FAI's kit provider for the next decade and would deliver kits with inexplicable variations, such as the outfit worn in Turkey in 1976. O'Neill's signature shirt and shorts trim bore a striking resemblance to Adidas' standard outfit of the period. Curiously enough, when Ireland travelled to Paris in 1976, they wore green Adidas shorts: presumably they had travelled with their regular kit and had to buy an alternate set locally because of a clash with France's shorts.
During the qualifiers for the 1978 World Cup, Ireland managed to beat a strong French side but missed out on qualification by two points.
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