We are delighted to announce the winner of our third kit design competition and its availability via pre-order.
The light grey and royal blue jersey, designed by 14-year-old Archie Wacey, is the winning entry from the competition ran by the Club for junior members of the Mariners Trust to design the third shirt for the 2023-24 season.
Archie, a season ticket holder in the Pontoon who travels to Blundell Park with his family from Grantham, took inspiration from our 2016-17 away strip (his first season watching the Mariners) and included Grimsby’s most iconic building, the Dock Tower, subtly into the detailing on the front of the shirt.
Speaking of the third kit, and how the design was chosen, Mariners Trust Chair & Fan Elected Director Kristine Green said, “The Mariners Trust board had the hard task of narrowing down from over 100 entries – those half a dozen then went to our shirt sponsor myenergi and they chose Archie’s because the design he came up with was fantastic.”
“I think the colour is very nice and I don’t think we’ve ever had the Dock Tower on a shirt before. We had planned to make the Dock Tower pattern more predominant, but we had to follow the guidelines stipulated by the EFL.”
Please note that the sublimated Dock Tower pattern is very faint and that’s why it isn’t visible on the promotional photographs.
The new shirt is now available to buy via pre-order online by HERE. An adult shirt costs £46 and juniors £38 – long-sleeved versions of the third shirt and mini kits are not available.
We are expecting the shirt, and accompanying short and socks, to go on sale from the Club Shop at Blundell Park in early September. Any shirts which have been pre-ordered will also be available for collection from early September. Keep an eye on our social media channels for a further update.
We would also like to remind supporters that all proceeds from the sales of the 2023/24 third kit will go to Harbour Place, a local charity who look after people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness throughout North East Lincolnshire.
Andrew Brown, Trustee Chair of Harbour Place, said, “Everyone at Harbour Place feels incredibly proud and grateful that we have been chosen as the charity to benefit from sales of this season’s third kit. Our services are in more demand than ever, so the funds raised by this initiative will be vital and we hope that this will also result in more people learning about the work that we do.
“I would like to thank the GTFC Board and staff and also the Mariners Trust Board for their support and also of course Archie for his fantastic kit design. Up the Mariners!”
Thank you again for your understanding and patience regarding the announcement of the winning entry to the design competition. We look forward to seeing our fans wearing Archie’s third shirt very soon.