Historical Football Kits

 

Scarborough

Formed 1879. Wound up 2007.

Promoted to Division Four 1987. Relegated to the Conference 1999.

Kit History

1879-1885 m

1885-1890 m

scarborough 1890-94 kit

1890-1894 m

1894-1902 a j m

1902-1905 j q

1905-1906 m

1910-1911 a j

1914-1920 m

1924-1929 a j

1929-1931 a j

1931-1938 j

1938-1939 a j

1945-1947 a j

1947-1948 m

1948-1949 j

1952-1953 a j

1956-1957 a

1961-1963 a

1964-1965 a

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1966-1967 a

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1967-1968 a

1969-1970 a

1970-1971 a

1971-1972 a

1972-1973 a

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scarborough 1973-74 kit

1973-1974 a o

scarborough 1974-75 kit

1974-1975 o

1975-1976 a

Umbro
scarborough fc 1976-77

1976-1977 q

Admiral

1977-1978 a

Adidas

1978-1979 a l

Admiral/Adidas

1979-1981 a q

Admiral

1981-1982 a

Bukta

1982-1984 a h i

1984-1985 a h

1985-1986 a

1986-1987 a

Rodsport

1987-1988 a c n

Beaver International

1988-1989 a n

Spall

1989-1990 a n

Beaver International

1990-1991 a

Front Runner

1991-1992 a k

Pendle

1992-1993 a b

Pendle

1993-1994 g

Pendle

1994-1995 a

Pendle

1995-1996 h k

Le Coq Sportif

1996-1997 a k q

Errea
scarborough 1997-98 kit

1997-1998 a g

Olympic Sports

1998-1999 a

Avec

1999-2000 a i n

Avec

2000-2001 h

Avec

2001-2002 a i

Avec

2002-2003 h

Nike

2003-2004 d

scarborough fc january 2004 kit v chelsea

24 January 2004 r

Errea

2004-2005 f

Vandanel

2005-2006 e

Crest Teamwear

2006-2007 e

Xara

2007-2008 a h

Kit passed to Scarborough Athletic
 

Background

scarborough 1885-86 team groupThe club was formed by members of the local cricket club in 1879 with whom they shared a ground until 1898 when they moved into the Athletic Stadium and joined the Northern League. In 1927 the club turned professional and joined the Midland League, winning the championship in 1930. The following season they reached the third round of the FA Cup for the first time, only to be eliminated by Grimsby Town. Eight years later they reached the third round once again and took Luton Town to a replay, which they lost 0-5. Legend has it that the club's share of the gate money was spent by players and officials on an extended pub crawl on the journey home.

scarborough fc crest 1952The club adopted various colours throughout their career but since the early 1960s, red has been predominant. A crest was worn in the 1952-53 season, a simplified version of the town's coat of arms.

scarborough fc crest 1972In 1968 Scarborough became founder members of the Northern Premier League. While the Seadogs did not manage to win the championship, they established themselves as one of the country's leading non-league sides with three FA Trophy wins at Wembley in 1973, 1976 and 1977. The Scarborough coat of arms was worn during at least the latter part of the successful 1972-73 season.

scarborough fc crest 1974The familiar seagull badge was adopted in 1974-75 but was dropped at the end of the following season.

In 1976 they reached the FA Cup third round once more and lost to Malcolm Allison's fancied Crystal Palace side. Two years later they beat Rochdale and Crewe to reach the third round yet again, losing 0-3 at Brighton in front of 23,748 spectators.

scarborough afc crest1984In 1979 the Alliance Premier League was formed and Scarborough were invited to become founder members. After seven seasons of solid but unspectacular mid-table performances, the club won the championship of what was now the GM Vauxhall Conference and became the first club to win automatic promotion to the Football League.

scarborough afc crest 1987Boro' spent 12 years in the League, appearing twice in the promotion play-offs but mainly struggling near the foot of the table. They had some success in the League Cup, beating Chelsea 3-2 in a replay at the Athletic Ground in 1989 and reaching the fourth round in 1993 after defeating Bradford City, Coventry and Plymouth Argyle before narrowly losing 0-1 at home to Arsenal.

scarborough afc crest 1988Scarborough's crest evolved somewhat during the Eighties until, in 1989 a design very similar to the 1974 original emerged. Slight variations were produced over the years, altering the colour of the lettering, surround and/or background but the overall design remained fundamentally unchanged.

Following a sponsorship deal with a well-known manufacturer of frozen food, which involved the Athletic Stadium being renamed the McCain Stadium, fans dubbed their modest ground the "Theatre of Chips."

In 1999, Scarborough finished bottom of the League after a remarkable final day of the season that saw Carlisle United gain a miraculous reprieve when their on-loan goal-keeper headed home a goal deep in injury time to give the Cumbrian side a one point advantage. Relegation brought severe financial problems and a succession of new owners and boards who managed to drive the club deeper into crisis. In 2001-02 the club was brought to the verge of extinction but survived under new chairman Malcolm Reynolds.

One bright spot in this period came in 2003-04 when, having won through to the FA Cup third round, the Seadogs were drawn to play Chelsea at home. The Sun newspaper sponsored the team's kit for this match and ran articles contrasting the transfer value of the two sides. The Boro goalkeeper was offered a prize, the value of which would go up the longer he kept Chelsea out. Scarborough lost to a goal by John Terry after ten minutes but Leigh Walker did at least win a car.

Financial problems continued to beset the club and in June 2006 they were relegated to Conference North with a ten point penalty for infringing the strict insolvency rules. Twelve months later, having suffered a another relegation to the seventh tier, Scarborough was wound up at Leeds High Court with debts of £2.5m.

Shortly afterwards the Seadog Trust, took the initiative to form a new club, Scarborough Athletic who were admitted to the North East Counties League for the 2007-08 season. The all-red kit, ordered by Scarborough FC for the new season and never used was inherited by the new club as was the seagull crest.

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Sources

  • (a) Scarborough FC - Images of Sport (Paul Eade 2002)
  • (b) James Freund
  • (c) Crewe Alexandra FC - Images of Sport (Harold Finch 1999)
  • (d) Port Vale FC Official Website
  • (e) Scarborough Official Website
  • (f) www.kipax.com
  • (g) Paul Alterskye
  • (h) The Seadog Bites Back was run by James Hunter who is now associated with Scarbrough Athletic
  • (i) Alliance to Conference (John Harman 2005)
  • (j) The Complete A to Z of Scarborough Football Club (Steve Adamson) provided by Derek Megginson
  • (k) David King
  • (l) Alick Milne
  • (m) Roger Hopkin
  • (n) James Taylor
  • (o) Ralph Pomeroy
  • (p) Fabrizio Taddei (Errea)
  • (q) Keith Ellis
  • (r) Marcus Bowen