Comparing the training gear of the Kerry 1980s team to a modern day outfit 3 years ago

Comparing the training gear of the Kerry 1980s team to a modern day outfit

From the 1980s to 2021.

Oh, how far we've come.


There were no fancy uniform training jerseys, there were no team shorts, there were no particular socks - for God's sake, some of them didn't even wear shoes.

The hard b*astards.

Nowadays, we all love a good training top, a slick rig-out for training and there's no better feeling than when they're asking for our sizes for the team gear. This is how the current Kerry lads are kitted out for training, and casual wear.

The Kerry players arrive at Semple Stadium for a league clash with Dublin. (Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile)

Eoin Liston was a part of the legendary Kerry team of the 1970s, 80s and early 90s, and 'the Bomber' was recently reeling in the years back to the mid 1980s when the Kingdom kingpins were in their pomp.

In fairness to Eoin, who is rocking a casual white T-shirt look on the second from left at the bottom row, he was always destined for success with his GAA gear range at Liston Leisure.


Managed by Mick O'Dwyer, the green and gold army won 8 All-Irelands between 1975 and 1987, with some of the greatest footballers to have ever played the games spearheading their triumphs.

Take Pat Spillane, take Liston, take the man who went on to become a rugby legend with Munster, Mick Galwey, take Páidí Ó Sé.

All the lads were out for a run in the mid 80s, we're going to guess 1986 due to Galwey's involvement, and they had some rig-outs on show.


Let's just say today's men wouldn't be caught dead in them.

Sean Kelly, who went on to become the president of the GAA and an M.E.P for Fine Gael, was the county Chairperson at the time, and his gear was a whole can of worms in itself.

A lemon shirt, opened, socks, sandals. Doesn't give a damn. He was beating one of the greatest full forwards in the game over three miles, so he wasn't too far off the mark.


Mick Galwey and his comrades were cool as cucumbers.

There we have it, it was Pat Spillane who began the tank top revolution.


Manager Mick O'Dwyer was looking as fit as a flea, and wore a T-shirt that wouldn't go a miss in a modern day under age disco.

A man way before his time in more ways than one.

All the lads.

It wasn't the first time these lads were out on a mad one, either. Absolutely Rocking those Speedos, what a bunch of lads.

Let's just say there's some difference to what you'd see in recent years.

All in sync, all in uniform, not half as funny.