Since Minster Village Sportswear presented to the HCST Board in July 2019 we have worked together to produce a striking replica Hull City shirt in an initial effort to mark the 20th anniversary of The Tigers Cooperative, our legal entity, which was established in December 1999.
Three designs were suggested but a majority of the directors chose the 1992/93 iconic Tiger Stripes shirt. During the design stage it was decided to replace the club crest with the HCST logo, partly because we did not want to run any risk of breaching copyright with the club, club crests can be considered copyrighted to the club, but also because this shirt was a HCST homage to the 92/93 shirt, not an exact replica.
We were asked about the sleeves as the sleeve patches were also removed leaving plain black. That’s when the idea of raising awareness for two of the Trust’s Community Partners was suggested and in doing so raise the important subject of Mental Health awareness and Dementia which are huge topics of discussion nationally as well as locally.
We offered to help raise awareness by adding the logos, at no cost, of two local Charities, Dementia Friendly East Riding, a charity we’ve supported since Ian Bunton a former HCST director raised awareness and significant funds with his book 46 and Counting. The second charity is MindHEALTH, a new charity supporting both men and women locally with two chat groups, #BlokesUnited and #MindfulWomen.
On 26th November we announced shirts were available to order at a cost of £35, a payment for each shirt sold is made to HCST and the board decided to make donations to the charities from the funds received. With the help of local media the shirts proved popular and around 80 shirts were ordered in the first few days which guaranteed delivery by Christmas.
By mid-January we were approaching 200 shirts sold enabling the Board to agree to make donations of £500 to each charity plus make an additional donation of £500 to Mind Hull and East Yorkshire who are a third HCST Community Partner.
Chablais Sports, the parent company of Minster Village, have been delighted with the response from Hull City supporters and value the partnership with HCST therefore have now announced we will become ambassadors of their newly acquired business World Retro Brand who will work with HCST in developing new replica shirts for HCST. In addition they have agreed to continue making a contribution to HCST for products sold which will boost the Trust’s funds and enable HCST to continue, and hopefully increase, its work within the community, for Hull City Supporters and its hoped directly with Hull City in the future.
We have to thank all fans who’ve bought shirts so far and especially Chablais Sport, Minster Village. Hull City Supporters’ Trust now looks forward to working with World Retro Brand to offer more shirts for sale in the near future.
How to buy!
You can buy the 92/93 tiger print retro shirt here.
You can also watch the YouTube video of our cheque presentations here.