This shirt was issued to Frank Stapleton to wear for the friendly match against France on February 7th 1989. Stapleton played in the match and wore the Number 9 shirt. However, the conditions that night were cold and muddy and Stapleton wore a long sleeved shirt for the match. Around this time, players would have been given two shirts each before every match: a short-sleeved shirt and a long-sleeved shirt. Therefore, this shirt is Stapleton's unused spare shirt.
The shirt is a green, short-sleeved, home jersey. It carries all the correct specifications that distinguish it from replica shirts. The style of numbering that is on this shirt was used for this friendly match. Stapleton was playing for the French club Le Havre at the time; he swapped the shirt with a Le Havre team-mate after he had returned from International Duty. I have a letter of authenticity from the Le Havre player to confirm this.
Frank Stapleton is undoubtedly one of Ireland's all-time great strikers; he captained the team during their successful Euro '88 campaign and held the all-time goalscoring record for Ireland for a brief period of time. The very fact that he played for two clubs like Ajax and Manchester United in itself bears testament to his quality as a player.