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Condition of shirt - Excellent
Size - XL
Condition details - Bright colours, badges are stitched, nice material feel, printing is superb
Made by - Umbro
Player - Tough tackling experienced Liverpool centre-back Phil Babb #19
Player issue features - Correct player size print professionally heat pressed, paint transfer match details also heat pressed, no Opel sponsor like on the commercial replica, fully embroidered crest and Umbro logo, comes from the players own personal collection - a signed letter verifying this will be provided
Notes - Extremely rare player shirt believed to have been issued to Babb for the UEFA European Championships Qualifying Group 8 match against Malta, played at Ta' Qali National Stadium on 8th September 1999. Mick McCarthy's men had run out 5-0 winners in the first meeting between these sides the previous year and were looking to claim top spot in the group. Goals from Robbie Kean and Gary Breen gave the visitors a commanding lead inside the opening 25 minutes of this one but Malta hit back after the break with 2 goals in 7 minutes thanks to Brian Said's chip and David Carabott's spot kick. The sides weren't level for long and in the end a sensational Steve Staunton free-kick was the difference with the Liverpool man curling in a superb effort to seal all 3 points. Babb was an unused substitute for the match, the former Bradford and Coventry man featured just once in qualifying as Ireland missed the chance to take top spot from Yugoslavia and bypass the playoffs before losing out to Turkey on away goals. Babb earned 35 caps in total for his country between 1994-2002 and later had club spells with Sporting Lisbon and Sunderland.
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