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Airdrieonians

Formed 2002

Replaced Clydebank in Scottish Division Two 2002

Kit History

 

 

 

Airdrie United

 

2002

airdrie united 2002-03

2002-2003 d

airdrie united 2003

2003-2004 c d

Prostar
airdrie united 2004

2004-2006 a d

Diadora
airdrie united 2006

2006-2007 b d

Diadora
airdrie united 2007

2007-2008 b d

Surridge
airdrie united 2008-09 home kit

2008-209 b

Surridge
airdie united 2009-10

2009-2010 b

Surridge
airdrie united fc 2010-11

2010-Nov 2011 e

Surridge/Diadora
airdie united 2011-12 home strip

Nov 2011-2012 f

 

 

Airdrie

 

2012

Puma
airdrie fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-March 2013 b

airdirie united march 2013 kit

March-Aug 2013 f

Appeared 23 March

 

 

Airdrieonians

 

2013

Puma
airdrieonians 2013-14 home kit

Sept 2013-2014 b

Puma
airdrieonians 2014-15 1st kit

2014-Sept 2015 b

Macron
airdrieonians

Oct 15-Aug 16 b

Under Armour
airdrieonians 2016-17 1st kit

Sept-Dec 2016 b

Under Armour
airdrieonians 2016-17 1st kit

Dec 2016-2017 b

Under Armour
airdrieonians 2017-18

2017-2018 b

 

Background

airdrie unitedThe admittance of Airdrie United to the Scottish League was an episode that generated considerable controversy and acrimony. In May 2002 Airdrieonians (formed 1878) became bankrupt with debts of £3 million despite having finished as runners up in Scottish Division One and resigned from the SFL. This left a vacancy in Division Three which was filled by Gretna who were preferred to the newly created Airdrie United, formed by a local consortium led by Jim Ballantyne. It appeared that the town of Airdrie would be without a senior side until Ballantyne completed a buy-out of Clydebank FC, who were homeless, in administration and in urgent need of a buyer. With the approval of the Scottish Football League the Clydeside club relocated to Airdrie and became Airdrie United, taking over Clydebank's place in Division Two. Thus league football was preserved in the town but only at the expense of another club, an event without precedent in the UK.

airdrie united crest 2002The new team inherited Airdrieonians distinctive playing strip and moved into the New Broomfield stadium (officially the Excelsior Stadium), the cost of which had contributed to the collapse of the Airdrieonians club. The name of Clydebank was ceded to the United Clydebank Supporters (UCS) who formed a new club who would play at junior level. A new crest was designed that incorporated a double-headed eagle, the old symbol of the town of Airdrie and which is carved into the wall local council offices.

In 2003-04 United reached the final of the Bell's Scottish Cup and won their divisional championship to earn a place in Scottish Division One.

In 2007 Airdrie were relegated after defeat in the play-offs. The following season they were beaten in the Second Division promotion play-off final but then were awarded a place in Division One after Gretna closed down. After one season they were beaten in the relegation play-off final by Ayr United who took their place airdrie fc crest 2012in the First Division but were then reprieved when Livingston were demoted to the Third Division. In 2010 they once again had to contest the relegation play-offs and this time their luck deserted them and they went down to Division Two.

In 2012, having lost in the play-off final, Airdrie once again benefitted from the misfortunes of another club. In this instance, it was Rangers' admission to the Third Division that brought another reshuffle and Airdrie (they dropped "United" over the airdrieonians crest 2013summer) were back in the First Division. The strip worn for the new season was inspired by one worn by Airdrieonians in the early 1990s when the club enjoyed some brief success and qualified for Europe.

Having been reprieved from relegation three times there was no such let-off in 2012-13 when they dropped into the third tier. It was announced in May that the club would adopt airdrieonians crest 2015the title Airdrieonians from 1 June and reinstate the crest of the original club.

In April 2015 Airdrieonians found themselves in trouble with the Court of the Lord Lyon, an archaic institution that oversees heraldic law in Scotland. According to a statute dating from the 16th century, Airdrieonians' crest was illegal because it has letters across the shield. Penalties faced by the club included fines, forfeiture of the offending arms and even the issuing of letters of horning. The club was forced to redesign its crest by removing the shield device.

In December 2016 the Airdrieonians Supporters' Trust secured sponsorship of the team's first shirt to raise funds for causes supported by Mark Allison, a lifelong fan who raised over £70,000 before succumbing to cancer. The club generally sell around 100 replica shirts each season but their stock was immediately sold out.

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Sources

Modern crests are the property of Airdrie FC.