POMPEY fans have given the club’s new home kit the thumbs up.
Supporters who saw the strip being unveiled at Tiger Tiger, Gunwharf Quays, yesterday said it was a hit.
The new shirt includes a white stripe on the front and the words ‘In Pompey We Trust’ along the back.
The 12th man logo – which was designed to show the important role of Pompey supporters – is also included near the bottom of the shirt on the front.
The kit was designed by Sondico Professional, which will be the club’s kit supplier for the next five years.
Ian Oughton, 46, who lives in Eastney, Portsmouth, said: ‘I like it a lot. It’s a bit different with a stripe. At least we haven’t gone for a red and white shirt.
‘I am glad that Sondico has put money into this.
‘I don’t normally buy a shirt but I think I might do this time.
‘The club needs all the money it can get.
‘I don’t know any fan who liked the previous Kappa shirts.’
Life-long Pompey fan Darren Male, 26, of Stubbington, said: ‘I think it’s a fantastic shirt.
‘It fits well.
‘It’s a sign of good things to come. Hopefully lots of fans will buy it. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.’
Before the launch, representatives from the club held a celebration with sponsors Jobsite, Sondico Professional and Covers Timber & Builders Merchants onboard HMS Warrior, at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Ashley Brown, chairman of Pompey Supporters’ Trust and a member of the club’s new board, said: ‘This shows that businesses are continuing to get behind this club.
‘We are holding this event in an historic place in Portsmouth.
‘The two most important things in this city are the navy heritage and the football club.’
Mr Brown said the club had toyed with the idea of using the trust’s logo on the shirt, but decided against it.
‘The 12th man is a logo that shows the unity of the football club and its fans and how integral they are to the success of this club,’ he added.
The home kit is now available for pre-order at portsmouthfc.co.uk
The away kit will be unveiled during a fans’ day at Fratton Park on July 20 and details of the second away strip will come afterwards.