Ranked: Every pink Central Coast Mariners charity kit

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‘Pink Day’ has become a staple of Central Coast Mariners tradition over the past decade.

Once a season the club rallies in support of breast cancer research by turning Bluetongue Stadium and their iconic yellow and navy home kits pink. It is a worthy cause that has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the past nine seasons, and was most recently celebrated during their win over Macarthur FC.

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Given the sentiment behind the initiative, there is no such thing as a bad Mariners pink kit – we love them all, really. But it is not about to stop us from counting down to our absolute favourite.

In classic The Football Sack fashion, we present to you: the Mariners pink kit rankings.

Number 8 – 2014/15, 2016/17

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Let me repeat, there is no such thing as a bad charity kit – these just are not as spectacular as some of our favourites. As they are practically identical, we ranked them together at eighth. The 2014/15 shirt helped fund an upgrade of Erina Community Health Centre, while the 2016/17 effort raised almost $7000 for Cancer Council NSW.

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Number 7 – 2012/13

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The Mariners’ inaugural Pink Day was an enormous success, raising almost $20,000 for the Cancer Council.

This was the club’s first effort at a pink shirt, and it certainly brings back fond memories, having also doubled up as Mat Ryan’s goalkeeper kit in the Championship-winning season.

Number 6 – 2018/19

With a faded sash and a buttoned collar, this was a clean design.

The new A-League logo with the customised club colours makes a big difference.

Number 5 – 2013/14

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Following the success of their inaugural Pink Day, the initiative returned in 2013/14 with a fresh new shirt.

This one has much more of a Mariners feel, with prominent touches of navy and yellow.

Number 4 – 2015/16

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That is right, there is a pink version of the palm tree jersey and I absolutely love it.

While the home and away kits this season were questionable, this is a surprisingly slick kit. The iconic palm tree, the V-neck and the seamless sponsor integration all come together beautifully. All I ask for now is one with a sauce bottle on the front.

Number 3 – 2017/18

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The Mariners rolled out this number in 2017/18 and it is an absolute beaut.

Featuring a jail bar pattern and navy trims on the shoulders, this is easily one of the best Pink Day products.

Number 2 – 2019/20

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Ooooh yes. The Mariners took a swing on this design, and they ended up hitting a home run.

Predominantly black with stunning stripes of pink, this is easily the most fashionable charity kit the club has produced. But cruelly, it misses out on the top spot to the most worthy of winners.

Number 1 – 2020/21

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The Mariners’ most recent Pink Day was a resounding success, and it is only fitting that this shirt tops the charts. Not only does it look fantastic, but there is also a world of sentiment behind it.

This pink kit was worn on International Women’s Day, and proudly donned by Mariners centre-back Kye Rowles whose mother suffers from breast cancer. The players shirts were then auctioned off for a total of $17,458 in support of cancer research, with Rowles’ selling for $1,200 alone.

And of course, we got to see it in action as the Mariners celebrated a 2-0 win over Macarthur that extends their lead on top of the A-League ladder.

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Jye Campbell
Journalism student at Western Sydney. Love my football (#lazoumance) and rugby league (#pantherpride). Advocate for FIFA Career Modes. Covering Western Sydney Wanderers in both A-League and W-League for the 2020/21 season.
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