Why does Boris Johnson keep wearing a GTFC hat and what does it mean?

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  • The former Prime Minister was spotted in the hat as he left the Covid Inquiry
  • He was first seen in a similar cold-weather item in the Scottish summer of 2020
  • But what does GTFC stand for? And why does he wear the hat? Find out below 

Boris Johnson was seen returning for his second day giving evidence to the Covid Inquiry wearing a black and grey hat that read ‘GTFC’.

He was also seen in the same item leaving his first set of questioning which lasted over six hours in total and by the time he left – shortly after 5pm on December 6 – the sun had set and temperatures were not far above freezing.

The former Prime Minister was quizzed on topics from an allegedly ‘toxic’ culture in Downing Street during the pandemic to why lockdown happened when it did.

But what is the deal with the GTFC hat? find out by reading on.

Boris Johnson pictured leaving his first day giving evidence to the Covid Inquiry wearing a black and grey hat that read 'GTFC'

Boris Johnson pictured leaving his first day giving evidence to the Covid Inquiry wearing a black and grey hat that read ‘GTFC’

He returned for a second day early in the morning of December 7 (above) in the same cold-weather wear

He returned for a second day early in the morning of December 7 (above) in the same cold-weather wear 

GTFC stands for Grimsby Town Football Club, with the former Prime Minister's hat inspired by the club's black and white kit. Pictured: Grimsby Town mascot The Mighty Mariner

GTFC stands for Grimsby Town Football Club, with the former Prime Minister’s hat inspired by the club’s black and white kit. Pictured: Grimsby Town mascot The Mighty Mariner

What does GTFC stand for?  

GTFC is the acronym which stands for Grimsby Town Football Club – a team currently in the fourth division of English football.

Their kit’s colours – black and white – inspire those of the hats worn by Mr Johnson, and the club’s badge also features on one of those the politician has been spotted wearing. 

The EFL League Two side known as The Mariners have had a tumultuous recent history.

They were relegated to non-league football in 2021 after five seasons back in League Two, but won promotion back up at the first opportunity following a change of the club’s ownership.

Last season was Grimsby’s most successful in recent memory, with them reaching the quarter finals of the FA Cup in a run which included a victory over top-flight Southampton. 

After first being spotted in a Grimsby Town hat in August 2020, Mr Johnson was visited by local Tory MPs Lia Nici (MP for Greater Grimsby, right) and Martin Vickers (MP for Cleethorpes, left)

After first being spotted in a Grimsby Town hat in August 2020, Mr Johnson was visited by local Tory MPs Lia Nici (MP for Greater Grimsby, right) and Martin Vickers (MP for Cleethorpes, left)

Since then he has mainly been seen donning the club attire on runs with his dog Dilyn (pictured with his owner)

Since then he has mainly been seen donning the club attire on runs with his dog Dilyn (pictured with his owner)

However, he does not wear it because of any sporting allegiance. He told Grimsby Live : 'It’s what I grab when I run out the house. There’s no particular science to it'

Last season was Grimsby's most successful in recent memory, with them reaching the quarter finals of the FA Cup in a run which included a victory over top-flight Southampton

However, he does not wear it because of any sporting allegiance. He told Grimsby Live : ‘It’s what I grab when I run out the house. There’s no particular science to it’

Why does Boris Johnson keep wearing a Grimsby Town hat?

Mr Johnson was first seen wearing a Grimsby Town hat while on holiday in the Scottish Highlands in August 2020 – his first summer as Prime Minister and the first summer after Covid-19 swept across the UK.

Shortly after, he was presented with one of the club’s shirts in 10 Downing Street by the Tory MPs for Greater Grimsby and Cleethorpes – Lia Nici and Martin Vickers respectively.

Nici was first elected in the 2019 election which saw the Conservatives take large numbers of seats in the north of England as they promised to ‘level up’ the region. 

Vickers has been a Tory backbencher since he was first elected in 2010.

Between 2020 and his evidence being given at the Covid Inquiry, Mr Johnson has been sporadically pictured in a range of Grimsby Town hats, mainly on early morning runs with his dog Dilyn. 

However, he does not wear it because of any sporting allegiance.

He told Grimsby Live: ‘It’s what I grab when I run out the house. There’s no particular science to it.

‘It’s a very good hat. What I like most is that it comes down and covers my ears.’ 



Post source: Daily mail

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