POOLE Town are changing their home kit colours to black and gold ahead of the new Southern League season.

The historic decision sees the Dolphins move away from their traditional red and white strip, which the club have worn for the majority of their 140-year existence.

And it is down to a new sponsorship deal agreed between the club and Poole-based property company Black Gold Developments.

Having already sponsored the Tatnam stadium, Black Gold are now also sponsoring Poole Town's home kits.

Poole have worn red and white for more than 100 years, apart from a short spell in the 1980s.

The landmark change was put before Supporters Club members, season ticket holders and board members for feedback, and the club say the decision to make the change was "unanimous".

"This is an incredible sponsorship opportunity, the more so coming as it does in the middle of such uncertain times," said Dolphins chairman Chris Reeves.

"It is providing a solid financial base for us to face the future with renewed confidence. To reinforce our existing relationship with Black Gold in this way has given everyone at the club a real boost and massive encouragement to continue working so hard for the club that means so much to so many”.

Black Gold Developments founder Julian Jones added: “We are delighted to be supporting Poole Town FC during these difficult times.

"Our company stands for people, property and our passion for Poole and technical innovation in whole life cycle BIM construction methodology. It’s great to be involved with the club in their 140th anniversary year and we wish them every success in the season ahead."

The new kit will be unveiled on September 7 ahead of the Southern Premier campaign beginning at Beaconsfield Town on September 19 for Tom Killick's men.

Dolphins will continue to wear red and white as their away kit colours.