CENTRAL Coast Mariners unveiled their new 2017-18 home and away kits kit in front of a surprised audience of Mariners fans on Friday night.
The Umbro home kit has a button up collar with vertical yellow and navy strips. The shorts and socks are also navy, which differs to past home kits that have been mostly yellow.
The home shorts also double as board shorts and can be worn in the ocean.
The away jersey has a navy sash that runs across a mostly yellow jersey, but it doesn’t have a collar. The away shorts and socks are yellow.
“It is time to earn our stripes,” explained Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp.
“Earning our stripes means much more than just wearing this season’s jersey.
“As a football club, we are heading into a new chapter in our proud history. A chapter that, if executed correctly, will see the Yellow & Navy restored with pride and the badge worn proudly by Mariners both on the Coast and beyond.
“It is also the time we call on the thousands of members and fans to unite in showing their support for the team, wearing our stripes, representing our community and making us proud. Proud to be a Mariner. This will help show that we are still the community club and that when anyone travels to Central Coast Stadium they are guaranteed a great time in the stands and a tough time on the pitch.”
He added: “The challenge was set from the owner to have a kit that not only aids high performance on the pitch but also looks great whether you’re in the stands on the street or even at the beach.
“This kit is a result of more than 18 months of design work that involved the very best global designers from Umbro in the UK personally meeting with Mike Charlesworth.
“Apart from all the obvious design features, the home strip even includes extra length shorts that believe or not are designed to be capable to surf in – yes that’s right, boardies.
“It was an amazing challenge coming up with a playing strip that fulfilled such a unique brief.
“We were inspired by a light bulb moment thanks to a sitcom called Ripping Yarns that was mentioned by Mike Charlesworth. He had no knowledge that we have a local team called Barnstoneworth here in the Central Coast as he was trying to describe a comic scene about football shorts. We then saw the scene that famously quotes “shorts don’t matter in football, the only thing that matters is what’s inside them.
“We stumbled across a classic football design we all loved and when converted to Yellow and Navy not only did we have a great design, but one that allowed us to have a performance short which worked as a board short also. Crazy story I know, but look at what has come from it, possibly the best kit in the history of the club.”
Originally published as Mariners unveil bold new kits for 2017-18 season
Source: sports dailytelegraph