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Oldham players were banned from swapping shirts with Everton due to a kit shortage

Dirty Tackle


Prior to League One side Oldham Athletic's FA Cup fifth round match against Everton, the club's caretaker manager and chief executive posted a notice in the dressing room telling players not swap shirts with their opponents after the game. The financially strained club's "severe shortage of first team home shirts" was cited as the reason for the request. But when Oldham's Matt Smith forced a replay with his equalizer in the fifth minute of injury time, that request didn't stand a chance as the overjoyed squad got caught up in the moment.

From the Daily Mail:

[A]fter Matt Smith’s injury-time equaliser, there was a rush to swap jerseys with their Premier League opposition, with midfielder Jose Baxter claiming the prized shirt of England full back Leighton Baines, a former Goodison Park team-mate.

‘We all got carried away and didn’t really think about the notice,’ said Baxter. ‘I just hope we’ve got enough kit for Tuesday.’

Smith chucked his shirt into the crowd after scoring.

In the Premier League, players have access to a seemingly endless supply of kits for all their swapping and chucking needs. In fact, many players purposefully spill food on themselves before matches simply because they know they can reach over and pull out a fresh kit like a handful of facial tissues whenever they want*. In the less luxurious lower divisions, things are a bit different. And now Oldham will probably have to play their league match against Stevenage on Tuesday in jean shorts and children's undershirts**.

There probably wasn't anyone who wanted to swap shirts with Everton's Nikica Jelavic after he did this, though...

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Also, there was a fake a Hulk Hogan wearing a Frankfurt scarf in attendance because Hulkamania will adapt and live forever, brother.

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*This probably doesn't happen.

**This probably will happen.

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