Historical Football Kits



Formed 1885

Merged with Inverness Thistle in 1994 to form Caledonian Thistle

Kit History

1885-1886 d

1889-1896 d

1896-1897 d

1897 d

1907-1911 d

1911-1912 c

1913-1914 d

1920-1926 d

caledonian fc 1935-36

1935-1936 j

1936-1939 d

1948-1952 d


inverness caledonian 1957-58

1957-1958 m

caledonian fc 1959

1959-1960 d

1960-1962 d

Retained for warm weather until 1964-65
caledonian fc 1962

1962-1966 d

1966-1967 c d

1968-1969 c

1970-1972 c

1974-1976 d

1976-1977 c l

1977-1978 d


Aug-Dec 1978 d

Dec 1978-1979 c d


1980-1981 d


1981-1982 c


1982-1983 d

caledonian 1983-84

1983-1984 l

1984-1986 c d

1986-1987 d


1987-1989 c m

1989-1990 h m


1990-Jan 91 c k

caledonian fc feb-may 1991

Feb-May 1991 l

caledonian fc 1991-92

1991-1992 l

caledonian 1991-92

1992-1993 c i k

caledonian 1993-94

1993-1994 l



caledonian fc team group 1911-12Caledonian were founded in 1885, the same year as their arch rivals Inverness Thistle and a year before Clachnacuddin, playing their home games at Telford Street Park. These three sides became founder members of the Highland League in 1893, a competition that Caley won a record 18 times. (This record has now been equalled by Clachnacuddin who still play in the Highland League.)

The club appeared regularly in the Scottish Cup, knocking out Scottish Football League opponents on no fewer than 19 occasions. In 1984, Caley beat Stirling Albion in a Third Round Scottish Cup replay to earn a home tie with Rangers and although they lost that match by 0-6, further caledonian fc crest 1976Scottish Cup exploits over the next decade kept them in the national spotlight. The Scottish League remained caledonian fc crest 1986a closed shop until the decision to restructure the competition for the 1994-95 season, created two additional places.

At the urging of the Nairn & Inverness Enterprise Company, a proposal for a joint submission was developed. Clachnacuddin dropped out and after acrimonious wrangling Caledonian and Thistle submitted a joint application to the Scottish League in January 1994. The Inverness clubs topped the poll with fellow Highland League side Ross County in second place.

caledonian fc crest 1994The last ever derby between the two sides was played May 11th 1994 (Caley won 1-0) and three days later both clubs played their final matches as separate clubs. During the close season the arguments and threats of legal action continued and the future of the merged club was in considerable doubt but somehow compromise solutions were found, including a new name – “Caledonian Thistle”.


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