Historical Football Kits

 

Clyde

Formed 1877

Elected to the Scottish League 1891

Kit History

clyde fc 1877

1877-1886 b c n

clyde fc 1886

1886-circa1898 c n

clyde fc 1898

1898-1903 n

clyde fc 1903

1903-1913 b n

clyde fc 1913

1913-1915 n

1915-1920 n

1920-1923 n

1923-1924 n

clyde fc 1924

1924-1925 n

1925-1927 n

clyde fc 1929

1929-1934 b n

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1934-circa 1935 b

clyde fc 1935

1935-1937 d f n

Badge worn Oct 1935-Feb 1936
clyde fc 1937

1937-1938 b n

1938-1940 n

Wartime alternative a

Corroboration needed

1945-Oct 1946 n

clyde fc 1946

Nov 1946-1947 n

clyde 1948

1948 p

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1948-Dec 1949 n

clyde fc 1950

Jan-May 1950 n

clyde 1952-53

1952-1953 n

clyde fc 1953

1953-1954 b

clyde fc 1954

1954-1955 n

clyde fc 1957

1955-1957 n p

clyde fc 1959-60

1957-1960 r

1960-1963 n r

clyde fc 1963

1963-1965 d n

1965-1968 n

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1968-1970 j n

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1970-1975 b d j

clyde fc 1975

1975-1976 j

clyde fc 1976

1976-1977 h

Umbro

1977-1979 i j

Umbro
clyde fc 1979

1979-1981 j q

Barralan

1981-1983 j q

Matsudo
clyde fc 1982

1982-1984 j o

Solripe logo adopted mid-season
Matsudo
clyde fc 1984

1984-1986 b j m o

Matsudo
clyde fc 1986

1986-1987 o

Matzudo
clyde fc 1987

1987-1988 m o

clyde fc 1988-89

1988-1989 j o

Spall
clyde fc 1989

1989-1990 j o

Own Brand
clyde fc 1990-91

1990-1991 q

Matchwinner
clyde fc 1991

1991-1992 j

Matchwinner

1992-1993 j

Matchwinner
clyde fc 1993

1993-1994 j o

Admiral

1995-1996 j o

Admiral
clyde fc 1996

1996-1998 j o

Xara
clyde fc 1999

1999-2001 h j o

Virma
clyde fc 2001

2001-2002 e h o

Virma

2002-2003 j o

TFG

2003-2004 g o

TFG
clyde fc 2004

2004-2005 g o

TFG
clyde fc 2005

2005-2006 b o

Lotto
clyde fc 2006

2006-2007 f

Lotto
clyde fc 2007

2007-2008 b o

Surridge

2008-2009 b

Surridge
clyde fc 2009-2010

2009-2010 b

Joma
clyde fc 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 b

Joma
clyde fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 b

Joma
clyde fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 b

Joma
clyde fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2015 b

 

Background

clyde fc 1909-10Although there was a club known as Clyde FC formed in 1872, they existed for only a single season. The present club was formed in 1877 and originally played in white and blue. Known as the "Bully Wee" they are one of Glasgow's oldest clubs. (Their nickname means "good little (club)" - bully as in "bully for you".) Originally they played at Barrowfield Park, adjacent to the River Clyde (from which they took their name) in the Bridgeton (pronounced "Brig-ton") area of the city close to Parkhead, where Celtic would become established in 1888.

Clyde were elected to the Scottish League in 1891 when it was expanded to 12 clubs but in 1893 they finished in last place and went into the new Second Division. They finished third and under the rules of the time they successfully applied for election to Division One (leaving Hibernian and Cowlairs, who had finished ahead of them, to languish in the lower division). In 1896 they moved to the other side of the River Clyde to the Shawfield Stadium, their home for the next 90 years.

The club had to seek re-election on four occasions and in 1900 they were relegated back to the Second Division (automatic promotion and relegation was not adopted until after the First World War). They returned to the top level in 1906 and finished in third place three times before the outbreak of war in 1914. In 1915 they won the Glasgow Cup, a competition they would win again in 1926, 1947, 1952 and 1959. In 1924, they were relegated but returned to Division One after only two seasons. Alick Milne's research suggests that between 1913 and 1923 the team's shirts, described as "scarlet," were in fact dark red.

In 1935, facing financial difficulties, Clyde sold their Shawfield ground to their tenants, the Greyhound Racing Association, a decision that would come back to haunt them 50 years later. In 1939 the Bully Wee won the Scottish Cup, beating Motherwell 4-0 in the final.

Clyde's traditional colours since the late 20s have been red trimmed white shirts and black shorts. According to the unofficial Clyde MAD web site, however, they played in khaki shirts immediately after the Second World War. It is well known that clothing rationing forced a number of clubs to adopt unfamiliar outfits at this time but there is no precedent for a team wearing camouflage.

During the 1950s, while unable to compete with the Old Firm clubs, Clyde laid claim to being Glasgow's third team with further Scottish Cup wins in 1955 and 1958. For much of this period the team reverted to playing in red shirts and white shorts but in 1963 they went back to white shirts, perhaps because the red and white strip was almost identical to their close rivals, Third Lanark. In 1967 they finished third in the league but were denied a place in the Inter-City Fairs Cup (forerunner of the UEFA Cup) because only one club from each city could qualify (Rangers had finished second). This proved to be the club's high water mark and decline followed. They spent 1972-73 in the Second Division and when the Scottish League was restructured in 1975 clyde fc 1968with the formation of the Premier Division, Clyde went into the new First Division (tier two).

clyde fc 1977During the Sixties, the letters "CFC" sometimes appeared on the team shirts. After 1977 (Clyde's centenary season) the club crest, which featured a sailing ship to represent the long tradition of shipbuilding on the River Clyde, was adopted. Although the colours varied slightly over time, the basic design appears to have remained unchanged.

After relegation to Division Two (tier three) in 1976, Clyde bounced backwards and forwards before establishing themselves in the First Division during the 1980s. In 1986 they were evicted from their home at Shawfield Stadium when the owners decided to concentrate on greyhound racing. After years of sharing grounds with Partick Thistle (their arch rivals - a deeply unpopular arrangement) and later Hamilton Academical, Clyde moved to Cumbernauld new town in 1994 where they struggled to attract spectators. At the end of the 1993-94 season the Scottish League was again restructured and Clyde found themselves in the new ten-team Second Division (third tier).

In 2000 Clyde won promotion back to the First Division and made a serious challenge to joining the elite Premier League, finishing as runners-up in 2003 and 2004. The margin between success and failure in these ten-team divisions, however, is narrow and in 2009 they finished last and were relegated to the third tier where, in 2011 they finished up with the wooden spoon.

In December 2010 the club informed their landlord, North Lanarkshire Council that they intended to quit Broadwood but no alternative base was immediately found. In April 2013 the board called an Extraordinary General Meeting when, by a substantial majority, they were authorised to relocate the club to East Kilbride, which is just 15 minutes drive from its original home in Rutherglen. It has been reported that a merger with the amateur East Kilbride FC is planned and the new club will compete as EK Clyde FC.

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Sources

Photograph courtesy of Clyde FC Official Website. Modern crests are the property of Clyde FC.