Bangor man shares ‘crazy’ reaction to new retro football shirt store in Belfast


A man from Co Down who hopes to score with a new retro football shirt business in Belfast, has told how he encountered lines of customers on its opening day.

Ryan Gilmore, from Bangor, opened the NI Classic Shirt Co store at Smithfield Market on Saturday.

The 32-year-old, which is considered the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, sells classic soccer jerseys from the 80s to 2015.

Jerseys include those of international teams from around the world, as well as UK and Ireland and league jerseys, with “nothing out of bounds”.

Former public servant Ryan said the age of the customer depends on what is considered “retro.”

“People in their thirties and forties think the ’90s are retro, but for people in their twenties, they look from 2000 to 2015. They think it’s really old,” he said.

“When they see shirts older than that, they treat them like dinosaur bones or something.”

He said there are no remakes, all the shirts are originals, which he sources from around the world.

“It started with just buying locally and using similar websites or ebay, but now we buy the products wholesale from all over the world,” he said.

“There were two that made a splash on Saturday. There was a Boca Juniors, from 1992. It was an away shirt, it’s super rare and a West Germany away shirt from 1988.”

The Bangor man said interest in the store, especially on the day it opened, had been “insane”.

“There was a weather warning, we thought no one was coming but the queue was there,” he said.

“There is a big market for it. We ship to people all over the world because our prices are always better.”

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