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FC Isle of Man allow fans to vote on three kit options

Newly formed club FC Isle of Man are choosing to allow fans the opportunity to vote on three home kit options for the 2020/21 season.

Official Supporters can now cast their ballot on which one of three home kits they will wear.

They will be preparing to enter the English football league system next season with the ambitious intention of becoming professional within 10 to 12 years.

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The Ravens applied to join the North West Counties League (10th tier), where Fleetwood Town were champions 15 years ago on their climb to League One.

“People will look at it and go ‘it’s not going to happen, that’s ridiculous’,” added sporting director Paul Jones.

“But why not? It might take 20 years, it might never happen.

“But if we can get to a point where FC Isle of Man showcases our island, pulls in more visitors, attracts more people to live here and more businesses to relocate, it will preserve our island for many generations.”

The club are set to play at The Bowl, a 3,000-capacity multi-use venue in Douglas, the island’s capital, which is the birthplace of Arsenal’s former Celtic defender Kieran Tierney.

They have already stated that they intend to paying travelling teams’ expenses next season onwards.

One condition is that they pay the travel costs and overnight accommodation of all visiting teams and match officials – like Channel Islands clubs Guernsey (eighth tier) and Jersey Bulls (10th tier) have to do.

Home games are expected to take place on Saturday evenings to reduce the impact on the two-tier Isle of Man League, which consists of 26 clubs.

FC Isle of Man chairman Gary Weightman predicts there will be a plenty of interest in the new club from football fans on the island.

“Although there are a lot of clubs in Douglas, others on the island – such as Rushen United, Peel and Ramsey – are a big part of their communities,” he said. “When we hosted Jersey in the FA Inter-League Cup final a few years ago we had 3,000 at the Bowl. We hope to get 1,100-1,500 people watching us initially.”

FC Isle of Man have been made to wait to kick off their new life in football, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They could potentially be in the same division as the new Bury AFC breakaway club, the league allocations are expected to be announced this week.

“It doesn’t seem likely that the non-league season will start in August,” added Jones back in April.

“Our island is locked down. There are bigger issues that need to be solved before the football team can travel on and off the island every week.”

It was five months ago that the club unveiled their new club crest, which went down well with supporters.

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They named Chris Bass as the club’s first manager, having managed St Georges FC for over 30 years, and in that time become the most successful club manager in Manx football history.

The club said: “In line with the philosophy of our parent company Sporting Club Isle of Man, the crest has been carefully crafted to not only reflect the essence of our Island’s history, colours and community but also, importantly, to represent our confident sporting approach.

“The full brand story will be released in the near future, but here are some of the key design elements:

– The Black Raven is one of the national birds of the Isle of Man and is synonymous to Celts and Vikings with battle, intelligence and problem solving – and is depicted ready to attack
– The red and white colours represent our stunning sunsets and infamous Manannan’s Cloak
– The four water lines represent the North, South, East and West of the Island, symbolising unity and community
– The words “Bee ny Share” is Manx Gaelic for “Be Better”

FC Isle of Man Sporting Director Paul Jones stated: ” We are delighted to unveil our new Club Crest, which mirrors the philosophies of Sporting Club Isle of Man.

“The design values within the crest are set to inspire our home and away kits, which we’ll be providing more details in the coming weeks.”

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