Jamie Lennon hopes to add another special jersey to his collection as FAI Cup reaches final stages

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Jamie Lennon's favourite jersey from the 150 in his possession may well change if St Pat's negotiate a successful path through two more FAI Cup rounds.

The Saints midfielder has collected football jerseys since he was a child. On his bedroom wall he has framed ones from Liverpool and Sporting Fingal.

"I don't think I wore the Fingal one in the Cup final, it was sent into the team when I was a kid and they all signed it for me," the 23-year-old said. "It's been framed up there for years.

Also there is the one he wore on his Ireland under-21 debut against Luxembourg, a 3-0 victory.

"That would be my most cherished jersey, the proudest moment I've had, representing Ireland at 21s level," he said.

"I put them all on Instagram recently as I was looking through them.

"A lot of them are from when I was a kid, none of them fit me any more, apart from the ones I've collected recently, like my own Pat's jerseys.

"Probably the most obscure one is Pachuca in Mexico, you can get these mystery box ones."

If the Saints ascend the Aviva Stadium steps on November 28 as the new FAI Cup winners then surely that Saints jersey will be added to the framed collection.

The Inchicore side must beat holders Dundalk at Richmond Park on Friday to get to the final.

"Anybody associated with the league knows that the Cup final in Aviva is probably the best day of the year," said Lennon, who made his Saints debut three years ago.

"Friends and family don’t get to see you every week but wouldn’t miss that opportunity of going to Aviva in front of 25,000 or 30,000. It would be an unbelievable achievement.

"I had a disrupted midseason block, a couple of suspensions and getting left out of the team. I got my opportunity in the Cup games and took them.

"The manager has stuck with me since and I’m really enjoying it."

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