DUBLIN soccer club Bohemian FC have unveiled their unique new away jersey for 2019, featuring an image of Bob Marley – 38 years after the reggae legend played a gig at their stadium.
The mostly white kit features three stripes with the traditional Rastafarian colours of red, yellow and green, as well as an embossed image of Marley's face underneath the aptly named sponsor 'Mr Green'.
Bohs will play in the strip for all their away matches in the 2019 SSE Airtricity League season, and fans can pre-order the shirt now.
Marley, who died aged 36 in 1981, played a gig at Dalymount Park less than a year prior on July 6, 1980.
We are delighted to reveal our 2019 away jersey.
Designed by #Bohs in conjunction with our new kit suppliers O’Neills, it gives a nod to Dalymount's special place in the hearts of football and music fans.
Available for pre-order in time for Christmas: https://t.co/gCjzKUSiJK 👈 pic.twitter.com/H6ZMlIMLQA
— Bohemian FC 🔴⚫ (@bfcdublin) October 23, 2018
Bohemians, who have seen a significant growth in attendances this year, said in a statement: "Dalymount Park has played a unique part – chiefly in the sporting – but also in the musical and cultural history of Ireland.
"The Home of Irish Football was graced in the 1970s by Thin Lizzy and the Boomtown Rats, in the 1980s by Bob Marley, Meatloaf and Black Sabbath, and in the 1990s by Faith No More, Sonic Youth, Ice Cube and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
"This jersey, designed by Bohemian FC in conjunction with our new kit supplier O’Neills, gives a nod to that history – and to the stadium’s special place in the hearts of both football and music fans."
There's been plenty of reaction to the new kit, including from other League of Ireland clubs – who couldn't help but mock the bizarre design.
Perhaps the best reply was from Sligo Rovers, who photoshopped their own kit with the members of Westlife emblazoned across the bottom.
See you next season 🔴⚪️ #bitored pic.twitter.com/f118JOtq98
— Sligo Rovers (@sligorovers) October 23, 2018
Bohs putting a fellah who played a single gig at their home ground 38 years ago (and they’ve since sold that home) on their jersey is the very definition of #GreatestLeagueInTheWorld
— Dodge (@seidodge) October 23, 2018
Bohemians are delighted to announce their 2019 gold-coloured third kit, featuring the image of every member of Spandau Ballet
— Monster Derby Facts 👹 (@munsderbyfacts) October 23, 2018
Whilst many LOI fans will laugh their balls off at their Bohs kit, it will probably be top selling shirt in the LOI(due to foreign orders). If the O'Neills deal sees Bohs kits stocked in retail outlets. So kudos to them on that.
— Kevin McDaid (@mariborkev) October 23, 2018
Bob sadly unavailable but maybe a couple of the Maroon 5 lads could guest for Bohs next season, like the Spandau boys for Melchester. https://t.co/Ezow4kTSEv
— Larry Ryan (@RyanLarry) October 23, 2018