Historical Football Kits

 

Albion Rovers

Formed 1882

Elected to Scottish Division Two 1903. Transferred to the Western League 1915.

Elected to the Scottish Football League 1919.

Kit History

1882 h

1903-1906 l

alvion rovers 1911-12

1911-1912 n

albion rovers 1912-13

1912-1913 p

1913-1924 l

1924-1928 l

albion rovers 1927-28 away kit

1927-1928 away

albion rovers 1928-29 away kit

1928-1929 away

1928-1935 l

1935-1936 f

1936-1937 d g

1937-1938 d g l

1944-1945 l

1945-Dec1946 l

Jan1947-1955 d l

1955-1956 l

1956-1959 l

1959-1960 l

1960-1961 l

1961-1964 e l

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1964-1965 l

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1965-1967 l

1967-1968 l

1968-Dec1969 l

Jan-May 1970 l

1970-1972 l

Aug-Dec 1972 l

Jan-May 1973 l

1974-1975 l

1975-1976 l

1976-1977 l

Admiral

1977-1978 l

Admiral

1977-1978 l

alternate kit
Admiral

1978-1983 l o

1983-1985 j l

Umbro

1985-1987 d j k l

1987-1988 d

albion rovers 1988-89

1988-1989 i j o

albion rovers 1989-90

1989-1990 o

1990-1991 d q

1991-1992 j q

1992-1994 j o q

Olympus Sports
albion rovers 1994-96

1994-1996 o

Lotto

1996-1998 j o q

Biemme

1998-2000 d j o

Secca

2000-2001 c d o

Secca

2001-2002 a o

Prostar
Albion Rovers 2002

2002-2004 a b j

Prostar
Albion Rovers 2004

2004-2006 a b j

TFG

2006-2007 a c

Macron

2007-2008 a

Macron
Albion Rovers 2008

2008-2009 m

Macron
albion rovers 2009-10

2009-2011 a

Macron
albion rovers 2011-12 home kit

2011-2013 r

Macron
albion rovers 2013-14 home kit

2013-2015 a

 

Background

Albion Rovers 1953-54The "Wee Rovers" play in Coatbridge near Glasgow and like many Scottish sides, they do not bear the name of their home town. They were formed when two local sides, Albion FC and Rovers FC decided to merge, incorporating their names into one (although they are always known to their supporters as "The Rovers" and never "Albion"). In 1903 the club was admitted to the Second Division of the Scottish Football League. For a period they had two grounds but have played at Cliftonhill Stadium since Christmas 1919.

In 1915 the Scottish Second Division was suspended and the member clubs formed regional competitions. Rovers joined the Western League where they continued to play until 1919 when they were elected back into the Scottish League, which at the time consisted of a single division. The club's highest achievement to date came in that 1919-20 season when, having beating Rangers after two semi-final replays, they reached the final of the Scottish Cup. In front of 95,600 spectators Rovers were narrowly beaten 2-3 by Kilmarnock at Hampden Park. They also finished bottom in the league.

The only other successes to have come the club's way were Second Division championships in 1934 and 1989. On the former occasion they spent three seasons in Scottish Division One while in 1989, of course, the Second Division had become the third tier of Scottish League system.

albion rovers crest 1961In 1961 the club changed from its traditional blue and white to the much brighter yellow and red that continued until 2007. A crest was introduced consisting of a rose superimposed on a pair of crossed cutlasses, representing the merger of the two clubs albion rovers crest 1977that created the Wee Rovers in 1882. This crest has evolved only slightly since its introduction. For example, the white centre seems to have been dropped around 1977.

The 1983 kit was sponsored by Tunnock's who produced a caramel wafer bar in a gold wrapper with red diagonal stripes, which gives the Wee Rovers the dubious distinction of having worn a kit inspired by a sweetie wrapper.

albion rovers crest 1998Since 1998 the club badge has appeared out of a black shield.

Like so many small clubs in Scotland's central belt, life has been a constant struggle for Rovers. They can never compete for support with the Old Firm clubs based just 13 miles away in Glasgow and it was not until 2000 that they appointed a full-time manager and a squad of full-time professional players (although many of these "professionals" were unemployed youngsters on a government training scheme). The gamble almost paid off as the team narrowly missed out on promotion in 2002 and 2003. The cost of maintaining a full-time squad and maintaining their crumbling ground proved too great however and the number of professionals on the books was steadily reduced.

The board opened negotiations with Airdrieonians with a view to sharing that club's new stadium once it was built. This proved deeply unpopular and the board were ousted before talks came to fruition. The Airdrie club subsequently went bankrupt so it was perhaps just as well that these machinations came to nothing. Since then club has received a multi-million pound offer from a property developer for Cliftonhill but, having learned from the example of Airdrieonians, the board is seeking an alternative home within Coatbridge before selling up.

For their 125th anniversary in 2007-08, a new kit was introduced that combined their original colour of blue with the yellow adopted in the 60s. Red and yellow were restored in 2008 but the following season, the team played in red and black.

In 2011 the Wee Rovers beat Annan Athletic over two legs in the Second Division play-off final to secure their first promotion since 1989.

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Sources

Modern crests are the property of Albion Rovers FC.