Historical Football Kits

 

Eminent Victorians (Scotland)

queens park fc 1873The importance of Queen's Park FC in the development of association football in Scotland has been compared by historian and broadcaster, Bob Crampsey, with that of the Marylebone Cricket Club and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews to the development of cricket and golf respectively. Formed by gentlemen from the Glasgow YMCA in July 1867, the fledgling club controlled the rules of the game in Scotland, organised the first international match in history, instigated the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Challenge Cup. They developed what became known as "The Combination Game" in which team mates cooperated by passing the ball to each other rather than pursuing the kick-and-rush style prevalent in England.

By playing exhibition matches across the country Queen's Park inspired communities to form their own clubs and the game was taken up enthusiastically by the working classes. When the Hibernian club was formed in 1875 to promote temperance, promote religious faith and raise funds for the impoverished Irish Catholic population living in the slums of Cowgate in Edinburgh, it set off an explosion of similar clubs throughout Scotland, all of whom incorporated green in their colours and adopted names that evoked their Irish heritage including, most famously, Celtic.

Over 50 senior clubs were formed by Rifle Volunteer regiments. These were part-time units of citizen soldiers trained and led by professional officers and NCOs who saw association football as a healthy way to develop discipline and encourage physical exercise, an opportunity usually taken up with enthusiam. When the men of the 3rd Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers were asked to choose between playing football and soldiering they overwhelmingly opted for the former, giving birth to Third Lanark.

Sources: Scottish Football Historical Archive, Charles Alcock's Football Annuals 1873, 1876, 1877, 1879, 1880, 1881 researched by Robin Horton.

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1884-1908
1st renfrewshir rifle volunteers

1st Renfrewshire Rifle Volunteers

1884
1884-1886
10th Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers

10th Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers

1884
1893-1879
23rd Renfrewshire Rifle Volunteers 1876

23rd Renfrewshire Rifle Volunteers

1876
1888-1906
Adventurers 1890

Adventurers

1890
1868-1890
Airdrie 1878

Airdrie

1878
1873-1884
Alexandra Athletic 1876

Alexandra Athletic

1876
1888-1906
All Saints 1882

All Saints

1890
1879-1920
Annbank 1879

Annbank

1879
1892-1920
Arbroath Wanderers 1892

Arbroath Wanderers

1892
1887-1888
athenian fc 1887

Athenian

1887
1880-1884
Balgay fc 1880

Balgay

1880
1880-1929
Black Watch fc 1892

Black Watch

1892
1875-1877
Blantyre Thornhill fc 1875

Blantyre Thornhill

1875
1873-1879
blytheswood fc 1877

Blytheswood

1877
1888-1896
Brechin fc 1888

Brechin

1888
1882-1892
Broughty fc 1888

Broughty

1882
1875-1882
Caledonian fc 1875

Caledonian

1875
1873-1874
callander fc 1873

Callander

1873
1878-1887
Cartvale fc 1882

Cartvale

1882
1872-1881
Clydesdale 1873

Clydesdale

1873
1873-1886
clydebank FC (rutherglen) 1879

Clydebank

1879
1874-1881
craig park fc 1877

Craig Park

1877
1874-1880
crosshill 1876

Crosshill

1876
1875-1891
cumnock fc 1876

Cumnock

1876
1875-1889
dennistoun fc 1877

Dennistoun

1877
1874-1888
drumpellier fc 1876

Drumpellier

1876
1871-1879
dumbreck fc

Dumbreck

1873
1869-1877
dumfries fc 1872

Dumfries

1872
1879-1894
Dundee Harp 1886

Dundee Harp

1886
1879-1883
Dundee Hibernian fc 1879

Dundee Hibernian

1879
1874-1900
edinburgh thistle fc 1876

Edinburgh Thistle

1876
1878-Present
edinburgh university fc 1879

Edinburgh University

1879
1874-1882
girvan fc 1876

Girvan

1876
1889-1891
Glasgow Hibernian fc 1889

Glasgow Hibernian

1889
1897-1899
Glenarnott Thistle 1889

Glenarnott Thistle

1897
1873-1881
govan fc 1877

Govan

1876
1882-1896
Grahamston fc 1897

Grahamston

1886
1872-1878
granville fc 1873

Granville

1873
1875-1901
Grasshoppers fc 1875

Grasshoppers

1875
1873-1880
havelock fc 1876

Havelock

1876
1874-1882
helensburgh fc 1876

Helensburgh

1874
1875-1882
jordanhill fc 1877

Jordanhill

1877
1880-1884
Kinleith fc 1880

Kinleith

1880
1885-1890
Kirkintilloch Central fc 1885

Kirkintilloch Central

1885
1873-1882
lennox fc 1876

Lennox

1876
Unknown
levern club 1876

Levern Club

1876
1887-1888
marchton fc 1879

Marchton

1879
1880-1902
newton stewart athletic fc 1891

Newton Stewart Athletic

1891
1874-1897
northern fc 1877

Northern

1877
1874-1882
parkgrove 1879

Parkgrove

1879
1875-1885
partick fc 1875

Partick

1875
1875-1885
partick fc 1885

Partick

1885
1875-1890
Pollokshields Athletic fc 1884

Pollokshields Athletic

1884
Unknown
portland fc 1876

Portland

1876
1875-1883
possil park fc 1877

Possil Park

1877
1874-1878
ramblers (glasgow) fc 1876

Ramblers

1876
1875-1891
renfrew fc 1876

Renfrew

1887
1877-1899
Rob Roy fc 1878

Rob Roy

1878
1873-1878
rovers fc 1876

Rovers

1876
1874-1881
sandyford fc 1878

Sandyford

1876
1875-1876
shawfield fc 1876

Shawfield

1876
1876-1877
Shotts Iron Works fc 1876

Shotts Iron Works

1876
1875-1884
south western fc 1876

South Western

1876
1873-1877
standard fc 1876

Standard

1876
1873-1882
star of leven 1876

Star of Leven

1876
1885-1903
Stevenston Athletic fc 1888

Stevenston Athletic

1888
1874-1879
telegraphists fc 1876

Telegraphists

1876
1874-1900
Thistle FC (Edinburgh) 1874

Thistle

1874
1874-1879
towerhill fc 1876

Towerhill

1876
1873-1879
union fc (crosshill) 1877

Union

1877
1878-1882
Upper Clydesdale fc 1878

Upper Clydesdale

1878
1878-Present
Vale of Atholl fc 1889

Vale of Atholl

1889
1872-1877
west-end fc (cowlairs) 1876

West End

1876
1874-1879
Whiteinch fc 1874

Whiteinch

1874