Historical Football Kits


East Stirlingshire

Formed 1880

Elected to Scottish Division Two 1900. Transferred to the Eastern League 1915.
Founder members of the re-formed Scottish Division Two 1921.

Relegated to the Lowland League 2016

Kit History




Bainsford Britannia




Became East Stirlingshire 1881

bainsford britannia 1880

1880-1883 b h

east stirlingshire 1883

1883-1899 b h

east stirlingshire 1901

1901-1902 a

east stirlingshire 1907

1907-1908 h

1910-1912 c h

east stirlingshire 1922

1922-1929 a h

east stirlingshire 1927-29 away kit

1927-1929 away h

east stirlingshire 1931

1931-1933 a h

1933-1937 h

1945-1946 h

east stirlingshire 1946

1946-1948 a

east stirlingshire 1948

1948-1959 h

east stirlingshire 1959

1959-1961 a h

east stirlingshire 1961

1961-1962 h

east stirlingshire 1962

1962-1963 h u

1963-1964 a e h t




E.S. Clydebank




Formed by the merger of East Stirlingshire and Clydebank Juniors

ES Clydebank 1964

1964-1965 f h o t




East Stirlingshire




Re-formed following the de-merger of East Stirlingshire and Clydebank Juniors

east stirlingshire 1965

1965-1966 h s

1966-1967 h

1967-1968 h

east stirling 1974-75

1974-1975 s

1975-1979 a e h

east stirlingshire 1979

1979-1980 a e m

east stirlingshire fc 1980

Aug-Nov 1980 h

east stirlingshire fc 1980 december

Dec 80-May 81 h

east stirlingshire august-december 1981

Aug-Dec 1981 r

east stirlingshire fc 1981 centenary kit

Jan 1982 p

Centenary Kit
east stirlingshire fc 1981-82

1981-1982 h

east stirlingshire fc 1982 august

August 1982 h

east stirlingshire fc 1982 september

Sept 1982-1983 h

east stirlingshire fc 1983 august

August 1983 h

east stirlingshire fc 1983 september

Sept-Oct 1983 e g m n

east stirlingshire 1983-84

Nov 83-May 84 h

shire 1984-85 strip

1984-1985 h m

east stirlingshire 1985-87

1985-1987 h m n


1987-1988 g m n


1988-1990 g m


1990-1991 e n r

east stirlingshire fc 1991-92

1991-1992 n

Dates not confirmed
east stirlingshire 1992

1992-1993 d e k m

Alpa Sportswear
east stirlingshire 1993-94

1993-1994 m n

Ideal Sports
east stirlingshire 1994-1995

1994-1995 m n

Ideal Sports
east stirlingshire 1995-96

1995-1996 m n

east stirlingshire 1996-97

1996-1997 m n

east stirlingshire 1997-98

1997-1998 m n

Le Coq Sportif
east stirlingshire august 1998

August 1998 m n q

Le Coq Sportif
east stirlingshire 1998-1999

Aug 1998-1999 q

Le Coq Sportif

1999-2000 e i m n q

east stirlingshire 2001

2000-2004 e m

east stirlingshire 2004-05

2004-2005 n

east stirlingshire 2004

2005-2006 a e

east stirlingshire 2006

2006-2007 e

east stirlingshire 2007

2007-2008 j n

east stirlingshire home kit 2008-09

2008-2009 l

east stirling 2009-2010 home kit

2009-2010 j

east stirlingshire fc 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 j

east stirlingshire fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 j

east stirlingshire fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 j r

east stirlingshire fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 j

east stirlingshire 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 j

east stirlingshire fc 2015-16 1st kit

2015-2016 j

east stirlingshire 2016-17 kit

2016-2017 j

east stirlingshire 2017-18

2017-2018 j

EV2 Sportswear
east stirlingshire 2018-19

2018-2019 j

EV2 Sportswear
east stirling 2019-20 1st kit

2019-2020 j

EV2 Sportswear
east stirling 2020-21

2020-2022 j

EV2 Sportswear
east stirlingshire 2022-23

2022-2023 j



east stirlingshire fc 1890-91The club is thought to have been formed by members of the Bainsford Bluebonnets Cricket Club, who created an association football section (known as Bainsford Britannia) in 1880. A year later they broke away from their parent club and established themselves as East Stirlingshire FC.

Research by Drummond Calder has cast some doubt on this accepted version. Drummond has established that a Britannia football club did exist and played for the first time in December 1880 but he has not discovered any records to establish a link with the Bluebonnets cricket club, nor even if such a club existed.

East Stirlingshire FC is sometimes, incorrectly, referred to as “East Stirling,” which is misleading. They in fact originate in Falkirk and locals generally refer to them as “the Shire.” The city of Stirling is 14 miles away.

After replacing Linthouse in the Scottish Second Division in 1900, they made little impression, finishing in last place in 1905 and next to last the following season. After this their fortunes improved somewhat: in 1913 they finished third and in 1915, they were fourth.

The Shire played in regional competition when the Second Division was suspended in 1915 and they lost their membership of the Scottish League, along with the rest of the Second Division clubs. In 1919 East Stirlingshire joined the Central League, which, now incorporated most of the former Second Division teams and operated in direct competition with the Scottish League. In 1921 the Central League was incorporated into the Scottish League as the new Second Division. In 1923 East Stirlingshire were relegated to the new Third Division but they won promotion the following season – had they not done so they would almost certainly have lost their place when this level was abandoned in 1925.

There was little to celebrate until 1932 when East Stirlingshire won the Second Division title and promotion to the First Division. Predictably they went straight back down again.

After the Second World War, they started out in the new Division C (third tier) and won the championship with some ease only to be relegated in 1949. Here they languished until this level was scrapped in 1955 and along with the other members who were not reserve teams, they returned to Division B (which became the east stirlingshire crest 1959Second Division the following season). This badge was eventually retired in 1968.

The first time that a badge graced Shire's shirts was in 1959 when a straightforward shield with the club's initials appeared. The colours were reversed on the plain black shirts worn in 1963-64 and a black and white version appeared briefly after the ill-fated merger with Clydebank juniors.

In 1963 the Shire won promotion but once again, their stay in the top flight was brief and east stirlingshire crest 1964they were relegated in last place after one season.

There then followed one of the more bizarre episodes in Scottish League history when the club’s owners, the Steedman brothers, moved them lock, stock and barrel to Clydebank where they merged with the local junior side and played for the 1964-65 season as ES Clydebank. Outraged shareholders took their case to the High Court where it was ruled that the Steedman’s had acted unconstitutionally and the club should return to Falkirk. The Steedman’s, wisely perhaps, parted company with the club and formed the east stirlingshire crest 1980new Clydebank FC while the Shire were welcomed home by a parade through the town led by a piper.

east stirlingshire centenary crestThere would be no fairy tale ending and for the next decade the club struggled near the foot of the table before being relegated in 1975 from the old Second Division to the new one (now the third tier), one of those quirks caused by the introduction of the Premier Division. In 1980 they were promoted back to the second level and the following season a new badge was adopted. This featured orange as an accent colour for the first time but it was dropped after a few months. Another short-lived crest appeared on the all-white centenary strip that was worn at the end of the season.

In the 1980s, possibly as a cost-saving measure, the team wore plain white tops and east stirlingshire crest 1984black shorts. In 1984 these were adorned with another badge in a simple but quite east stirlingshire crest 1987unusual design. In the 1984-85 season this was worn on the right (ie "wrong") side of the shirt. In 1987 what would become the classic Shire crest appeared for the first time on the new Matsudo kit. This again included orange, a feature reflected in the overall design.

In 1990 the team were once again kitted out in hooped tops, albeit in a more conventional width than their traditional outfit. A very nondescript crest appeared in colours that had nothing to do with the club's history. This east stirlingshire crest 1990was soon dropped and the 1987 design reinstated. This would appear east stirlingshire crest 1993with several colour variations.

In 1994 East Stirlingshire were placed in the newly created Third Division (fourth level) following the reorganisation of the SFL.

In 1998 the Shire signed a contract with Le Coq Sportif but the French company did not deliver the new kits in time for their first game of the season. They did, however, have a set of Queen's Park tops so sent these instead with the East Stirlingshire crest and sponsor's logotype ironed over the top of those of east stirlingshire crest 1999Queen's Park. (Ref: Ian Fleming). When the team's tops arrived they had a crudely drawn version of the Shire crest printed onto the fabric. east stirlingshire crest 2000Mercifully this disappeared when the club changed their supplier in 2000 and the familiar badge was reinstated.

Between 2003 and 2006 the Shire finished rock bottom every season, amassing a mere eight points in the 2003-04 campaign, prompting many to question whether they could continue as a senior club. The chairman and majority shareholder, Alan Mackin, made clear his intention to sell the club’s ramshackle Firs Park home for retail development and move either to Grangemouth or share Falkirk FC’s ground. His critics claimed that the proceeds of such a sale would not be reinvested in the club but go to its shareholders – that is to say Mr Mackin and his family.

Meanwhile the club’s players received a mere £10 a week and were expected to buy their own boots (the Supporters’ Trust organised a successful campaign to raise funds to provide players’ kit). Mackin insisted that the club was living within its meagre means but critics argued that he deliberately starved the club of cash so that it would fold and he could sell off their ground without the inconvenience and expense of relocating.

East Stirlingshire’s performances were so dire that the Scottish League decided to reintroduce re-election of east stirlingshire crest 2010 anniversarya sort. Any club that finished in last place twice in succession would lose their vote and be allowed to play for two more seasons after which members would vote on whether their membership should be terminated.

In May 2008, East Stirlingshire finished next to last, thus avoiding being reduced to associate member status. They finally quit Firs Park severing links with Alan Mackin, who was now able to seek a buyer for the vacant real estate. A new regime under Spencer east stirlingshire crest 2011Fearn was established to run the club with an arrangement to share Stenhousemuir's Ochilview Park for up to five years. Fearn's investments allowed the club to qualify for the play-offs in 2008 and 2009 but in May 2010, he unexpectedly resigned from the board. Following this, provision was made for his controlling shares to be passed to the Shire Trust in 2011.

After the takeover a subtle but not insignificant change was made to the familar club crest.

In 2015-16 the team finished seven points adrift at the foot of League Two and under the pyramid structure, introduced when the SPFL was formed, they met Lowland League champions Edinburgh City in a two legged play-off. After securing a 1-1 draw in the away leg, the return was heading for extra-time when Shire conceded a penalty in the 86th minute. The visitors scored to consign the Shire to the Lowland League, the first time that an existing Scottish League member had lost its place under the new structure.

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Photograph courtesy of East Stirlingshire Supporterklubb Norge. Crests are the property of East Stirlingshire FC.