Why do goalkeepers wear different coloured shirts to the rest of their team? As far as I know, they don’t have any special protection and they can’t do anything different to outfield players (Update: see comments). Whatever the reasons, they do wear different shirts and it makes sense to ensure they don’t clash with the opposition. It’s not a big deal for Waterford hurling with our use of blue for the goalie – there’s enough of a difference from Laois jerseys and we’re not likely to meet Wicklow, Longford or Cavan any time soon – but Galway’s keeper wears all white all the time. This meant Colm Callanan donning this training pitch atrocity:
Before we get too cocky though in this battle of sartorial elegance, a new facet of the Waterford kit came into view today. Maybe it’s a sign of neat young Turks or players feeling the need to protect their shins after Alan McCrabbe’s experience last week. Whatever it is, a few players had their socks quite literally pulled up against Galway. Their white socks.
Who do they think we are? Chelsea? We’ve already had white shorts turn blue, now we have blue socks going white. Will they go the whole hog? I think we should be told.