The Mariners are going old-school for their FFA Cup Round of 16 clash against the Brisbane Roar, unveiling a special retro-style kit which pays homage to Gosford’s rich footballing history.
Central Coast’s FFA Cup-exclusive kit takes inspiration from the club’s predecessors, the Central Coast Coasties, with the new strip borrowing elements from the Coasties’ kits of ’98 and ’99.
The smart-looking jersey is predominantly white but features navy blue on the shoulders and for its classy button-up collar, with a vertical red stripe running along the right side of the shirt which is broken at the chest by the obligatory FFA Cup logo.
Current club captain Matt Simon remembers his time as a Coastie long ago, telling the Mariners’ website:
“It’s a very proud moment for me.”
“It’s paying tribute to my first representative jersey on the Central Coast that I wore in the under 11’s, so it's bringing back some memories and it’s great that the club is paying tribute to the Coasties.”
“I’ve always said it’s a privilege to be captain of the club. Being a local boy, for me to be able to represent the region and lead the boys out week-in-week out, I feel privileged for that and I enjoy every minute of it.”
After finally escaping the historically problematic Round of 32, where they’ve been knocked out for the past four years straight, the Mariners will be hoping they can match their performance from the inaugural Cup of 2014-15, where they made it all the way to the semi-finals.
Central Coast are set to face Brisbane Roar in the FFA Cup Round of 16 at Dolphin Stadium on Wednesday, August 28.