Updated: May 5th, 2021
After nearly 20,000 votes and 35 titanic tussles across Derry GAA’s digital platforms, our quest to find the greatest Derry GAA jersey of all time is over!
Aesthetics have triumphed over the evocative pull of nostalgia.
It wasn’t a landslide but the minimalist jersey that Dermot McNicholl sported when we won Anglo-Celt in 1987 scored a decisive win over the shirt that graced Henry Downey’s shoulders when he ascended the steps of the Hogan 1993.
From the very start of the competition it always looked like coming down to these two garments. But on the day when we launched a very clean and minimalist new Oak Leaf shirt it’s fitting that a very similar style of jersey has been officially recognised Derry fans favourite jersey.
Of course, everyone will have their own favourite a jersey, one that corresponds to a particular game or memory that means something special them and we hope that you have enjoyed seeing some of the old shirt and legendary players that featured in this competition.
But we think we can all agree that the 1987 is a worthy winner of Derry’s Greatest Geansai.
Hopefully the new jersey launched today can inspired the likes of Conor Glass, Chrissie McKaigue and Ciaran McFaul to match the feat achieved by Dermot McNicholl, Plunkett Murphy and Tony Scullion back in 87.
This jersey was worn by Derry’s Ulster Senior Football Champions in 1987 and has recently been entered into O’Neill’s Sportswear’s vintage range.
It is a classic plain jersey with red trim on the collar and the sleeves. Sometimes simpler is just better. It seems many Derry GAA fans agree.