Historical Football Kits

 

Alloa Athletic

Formed 1878

Elected to Scottish Division Two 1921

Kit History

 

 

 

Clackmannan County

 

Became Alloa AFC in 1879

 

Popularly known as Alloa Athletic

clackmannan county fc 1878

1878-1890 a e

alloa afc 1890

1890-1895 m

alloa afc 1895

1895-1897 a

alloa afc 1897

1897-1898 a

alloa athletic 1898

1898-1900 a m

alloa athletic 1900

1900-1908 a m

alloa afc 1908

1908-1914 m

1920-1927 m q

alloa afc 1927

1927-1929 m

alloa athletic 1927-29 away kit

1927-1929 away m

alloa afc 1930

1930-1931 m

1933-1939 b m

alloa afc 1939

1939-1940 m

alloa afc 1947

1947-1955 b l m

alloa afc 1955

1955-1956 m

1956-1958 m t

Some players wore hooped socks
alloa afc 1958

1958-1960 m

alloa afc 1960

1960-1962 m

alloa afc 1962

1962-1965 m

1965-1968 m

alloa afc 1968

1968-1972 m

1972-1975 m

alloa afc 1975

1975-1976 m

1976-1977 m

Litesome
alloa athletic 1977

early 1977-1978 m

Bukta
alloa afc 1977-78

mid 1977-1981 m p

Umbro
alloa athletic 1981-82

1981-1982 p

Umbro
alloa afc 1982

1982-1985 f k

alloa afc 1985

1985-1986 b

Umbro

1986-1987 l

alloa athletic 1987-88

1987-1988 p

Matchwinner
alloa afc 1995

1988-1990 n p

Matchwinner
alloa afc 1991

1990-1992 g h o p

Senes
alloa afc 1993

1992-1994 b p

Umbro
alloa afc 1992

1994-1995 i p

Patrick
alloa athletic 1995-96

1995-1996 p

Patrick
alloa athletic 1996

1996-1997 k

 

 

 

Alloa Athletic

 

1997

 

(Name officially registered with SFA)

Patrick

1997-1998 k p

Pendle
alloa athletic 1998

1998-1999 k p

Pendle
alloa athletic 1999

1999-2001 c k

Pendle
alloa athletic 2001

2001-2002 j k

Pendle

2002-2003 k

Pendle
alloa athletic 2003

2003-2004 d

Pendle
alloa athletic 2004

2004-2006 a k

Pendle
alloa athletic 2006

2006-2008 a

Pendle
alloa athletic 2008-09

2008-2010 a

Pendle
alloa athletic 2010-11 home kit

2010-2012 a

Pendle
alloa athletic fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 a

Pendle
alloa athletic 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 a

 

Background

alloa athletic 1935-36Originally formed as Clackmannan County, the club became Alloa AFC in 1879. There is some confusion over their name: recently information has come to light through the scottishleague.net forum that the press misinterpreted this as Alloa Athletic FC (they were in fact Alloa Association Football Club) and the name stuck. However, Alick Milne's research suggests that the club was registered as Alloa Athletic between 1883 and 1921, when they joined the Scottish Football League and registered as "Alloa". In 1997 that the club applied to the Scottish Football League to formally adopt "Alloa Athletic".

Alloa competed in the Central League prior to World War One, when the competition was suspended. After the war ended the Scottish Football League refused to reinstate the old Second Division and some of the member clubs joined the reformed Central League instead. Since this competition was independent, members could attract players by paying higher wages than those allowed under the maximum wage rules that applied to Scottish League clubs, a threat to their interests that could not be ignored. In 1921 the Central League, with Alloa among them, was incorporated as the new Scottish Second Division.

Between the Wars, Alloa played in orange and black but since 1947 they have generally played in black and gold hoops, although the older tradition has been revived on several occasions. They are inevitably known as "The Wasps."

They took the Second Division by storm, winning the championship by 13 clear points. This was the first season of automatic promotion and relegation so the Wasps immediately took their place in the Scottish First Division but they went down again the following season. In 1939, Alloa won promotion for the second time and were doing well before competition was suspended due to the outbreak of World War Two. When the League resumed in 1946, the league was restructured into three divisions and Alloa were unfortunate to find themselves placed in Division B (the second tier). From then on Alloa rarely finished above mid-table and when the League was again restructured with the introduction of the Premier Division in 1975, they went into alloa athletic crest 1985the third tier (still called Scottish Division Two).

The switch from the old hooped tops to plain ones in 1972 was apparently a cost-saving measure and it was 27 years before anything like the traditional hoops would reappear.

The team started to wear a crest in 1985-86, taking its motif from their traditional nickname of "The Wasps". This was modified in 1994 to a rather more sophisticated design that placed the club's name in full on a scroll below a shield. The backgroundalloa athletic crest 1994 colour of both these designs varied to match the shade the team's shirts.

In the late 1990s Alloa reached the First Division (now the second tier) but they could not sustain themselves at this level and spent most of their time playing in the Second Division (third tier). They did, however, win their first major trophy, beating alloa athletic crest 2010Inverness Caledonian Thistle on penalties after a 4-4 draw in the Challenge Cup final of 2000.

In 2010 the club introduced a new crest with a rather jolly cartoon wasp as its centrepiece. Three years later they won through the play-offs to earn a place in the second tier of what became the Scottish Professional Football League.

 

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Sources

Modern crests are the property of Alloa Athletic FC.