The votes are counted and the verdict is in. Our supporters have spoken – and the winner of our away kit competition is option four: the red tartan shirt designed by Peter Fleming.
In a close run contest, it pipped David Curley’s grey shirt featuring a silhouette of the Inverclyde skyline by a margin of 12 votes from a total of 625 cast between Smiths of Greenock and using the Greenock Telegraph’s voting forms.
The kit will now go into production, with Peter set to meet with manufacturers to work on the final design incorporating some minor tweaks taking into account suggestions made by fans on their ballots.
Club director Warren Hawke said: “The response to our away kit competition was phenomenal once again, and, first and foremost, we would like to thank our supporters for their involvement throughout the process.
“This was a fantastic example of fan engagement, with our followers given the opportunity to not only vote for the strip their team will wear but to also design the kit too.
“It was an incredibly close run thing and in the end the red tartan kit proved most popular with our fans. I decided as a director of the club not to vote, but if I did vote it would have been between that or the grey kit.
“The red tartan is actually a strip that I remember fondly having worn the original version just after joining the club as a player back in 1995, but not just in terms of nostalgia but also the unique design.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the current generation of players wearing an updated version on the pitch, as well as the supporters on the terracing and in the stands at Cappielow next term.
“The competition as a whole has been another real success story in our efforts to build ever-closer relations with our supporters, and with the help of supporter feedback, we will review the format and process to improve our future kit selection processes further.
“Finally, I would like to extend a big thank you to Smiths of Greenock for hosting the voting, the Greenock Telegraph for their fantastic coverage and support, Vision for giving us the opportunity to offer bespoke designs, and FifeCare Funerals Oakley for their sponsorship.”
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