Irish Sportswear retailers have reported a sudden 800% jump in sales of Manchester City jerseys across Ireland since Saturday night.
The English Premier League Champions and FA Cup winners sealed an historic treble when they beat Inter Milan in Istanbul on Saturday to win their first ever Champions League.
As soon as the full-time whistle sounded, Irish online stores were bombarded with requests for the team’s home jersey. Not only that, there were queues outside sports shops nationwide yesterday morning and by lunchtime, every Manchester City jersey for sale in the country had gone.
Chief executive of Sports Direct John O’Reilly told us “We haven’t seen anything like it since Leicester City won the Premier League in 2016. I remember we sold over 27,000 Leicester shirts in 2 days. Unfortunately we’ve sold none since. I hear most of them ended up in charity shops.”
Manchester City officials have this morning confirmed that they intend to open an official club shop in Dublin’s Jervis Centre. It will replace the old Chelsea shop that opened due to phenomenal demand when the London club won the double in 2010 but shut down the following year due to lack of interest when they won nothing.