The gold is back.
For the first time in ten years, Newcastle Jets will return to their roots for their home kit with Port of Newcastle featuring as the major partner on a new gold jersey for the A-League team.
While the Club has most recently played in blue and red primarily, some of our greatest moments have come in gold. From the 2021/22 season onwards, the Jets will return to gold as the primary strip colour.
This connection to the Club’s heritage will bond our future with the great players and moments of the past.
Executive Chairman Shane Mattiske said; “While the Club is moving forward into a new era in many ways, we are determined to reconnect with our origins and uphold the history of football in the region.
“It was a clear decision for the Club to return to wearing gold and it is a notion we know many supporters and former players strongly support. Our return to gold marks the perfect time for the Club to unite with another local icon, Port of Newcastle, our city’s golden port.”
Bonded by Gold for the next three upcoming seasons, Port of Newcastle’s gold and navy logo will be proudly worn by players on the front of jersey position for the A-League and FFA Cup campaigns.
“The players love the new kit and the Jets are extremely excited to be partnering with the Port of Newcastle,” Mattiske said.
“The Port is a huge supporter of jobs among our fan base, the Hunter region’s economy and just like the Jets, are an iconic part of our community.
“This partnership marks two local icons coming together to give a real boost to the Jets ahead of what we hope will be a stellar season. Bonded by gold, our partnership with the Port will help us drive the success of football within this region and give fans something really positive to look forward to after a really challenging time for all.”
Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody said Port of Newcastle’s staff are thrilled to be bonded by gold with the local team as the Jets return to their iconic roots.
“The Port’s been here for 222 years and we have a strong workforce of Jets supporters among our own Port of Newcastle team,” Mr Carmody said.
“Many don’t know that the Port of Newcastle has a long history of loving and supporting football, with some of the first wharfies to work at the Port through the 1900s belonging to social football teams and kicking the ball around the Port after a hard day’s work.
“We could think of no better time for Port of Newcastle to lend its support to another Newcastle icon – the Newcastle Jets.
“We see this partnership for the three years ahead as an opportunity for Port of Newcastle to give a really great gift to the community of something positive and enjoyable for local families and football fans alike – as well as to our dedicated staff who have worked to keep the Port safe and operating through the challenges of the last year.”
The major partnership marks the start of a new period for the Club, with new A-League Manager, Arthur Papas leading the build of a new and very competitive squad ready to strongly challenge for success. It’s music to the ears of Port of Newcastle’s biggest Jets fan, George Soufaris.
“I’ve been a Jets fan since the day the club was born and remember fondly their glory seasons playing in gold,” George said.
“I’m ecstatic that the Club is returning to the iconic gold jersey and it’s even more special that the Port’s logo is on the front of it. I reckon I’ll be among the first to order the new jersey and be wearing it at the Port and around Newcastle.”
George and his nephew Frankie featured in the Jets and Port’s jersey reveal hype video alongside players, including Jason Hoffman, in the new kit and a specially made gold football.
The Newcastle Jets welcome the return of VIVA as the playing kit partner and clothing brand manufacturer for 2021/22. The change comes after a change in business model between VIVA Global and Apelle occurred during the off-season.
The Gold Port of Newcastle Jets home kit will be arriving for fans in mid-October, but can be purchased now through the Club’s website.