Historical Football Kits

 

Falkirk

Formed Circa 1876

Elected to Scottish Division Two 1902

Kit History

falkirk fc 1876

1876-1880 a l

1880-1882 l w

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falkirk fc 1882

1884-Dec 1887 l w

falkirk fc 1888

Jan 1888-1889 a l x

falkirk fc 1889

1889-1898 a l

circa1900-1902 l

falkirk fc 1902

1902-1903 l

1904-1905 l

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falkirk fc 1906-07

1906-1907 x

falkirk 1907

1907-1908 r

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falkirk fc 1909-10

1909-1910 w x

falkirk fc 1910-11

1910-1911 w

1912-1913 k l

falkirk fc 1913

1913-1914 l s

1915-1920 l x

falkirk fc 1920

1920-1922 l

1922-1926 l

falkirk fc 1926

1926-1929 l

falkirk fc 1927 away kit

1927-1929 away l

falkirk fc 1929

1929-1932 l

falkirk fc 1932

1932-1937 c l

falkirk fc 1937

1937-1938 l

falkirk fc 1938-39

1938-1939 w y

falkirk fc 1939

1939-1940 l

Corroboration needed

1945-1956 b l

falkirk 1956-57

1956-1957 l

Last season's shirt worn in cold weather
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late 1957-1959 k l

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fakirk fc 1959-60

1959-1960 v

falkirk fc 1960

1960-1962 l

August 1962 k

1962-1963 l

falkirk fc 1963

1963-1964 l

1964-1966 l

1966-1968 l

falkirk fc 1968

1968-1970 l v

1970-1971 e l

falkirk fc 1971

1971-1972 e l

1972-1973 l

1974-1975 l

falkirk fc 1976

1976-1977 j

Umbro
falkirk fc 1977

1977-1978 l

Bukta
falkirk fc 1978

1978-1980 i k

Bukta
falkirk fc 1980-81

1980-1981 l

Patrick

1981-1982 i l t

Patrick
falkirk fc 1982-83

1982-Sept 83 j l m t

Patrick
falkirk fc 1983-84

Sept 83-1984 l

1984-1985 l

Inset sponsorship worn from December
Spall

1985-1986 i l t

Inset sponsorship worn from November
Spall
falkirk fc 1986

1986-1987 k l t

falkirk fc 1987-88

1987- Sept 1988 l

Spall
falkirk fc 1988

Sept 1988-1989 i

Spall
falkirk 1989-90

1989-1990 u

Spall
falkirk fc 1989

1990-1991 i

Hummel
falkirk fc 1991

1991-1994 g i

Matchwinner
falkirk fc 1994

1994-1995 i

Matchwinner
falkirk fc 1996

1995-1996 g

Le Coq Sportif
falkirk fc 1996

1996-1997 h o

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falkirk fc 1997

1997-1998 i

Le Coq Sportif
falkirk fc 1998-99

1998-1999 u

Xara
falkirk fc 1999

1999-2000 f

TFG Sports

2001-2002 i

TFG Sports
falkirk fc 2002

2002-2003 i

TFG Sports

2003-2004 i

TFG Sports
falkirk fc 2004

2004-2005 i

TFG Sports
falkirk fc 2005

2005-2006 d i

TFG Sports
falkirk fc 2006

2006-2007 h i

Lotto
falkirk fc 2007

2007-2008 p q

Puma

2008-2009 p q

Puma
falkirk home strip 2009-10

2009-2010 p

Puma
falkirk fc 2010-11 home kit

2010-2012 p q

Puma
falkirk fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 p

Puma
falkirk fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 p

Puma
falkirk fc 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 p

 

Background

The origins of Falkirk FC are uncertain although most accounts suggest 1876 was the year of their formation. The club is nicknamed the “Bairns” from the town Touch Ane, Touch A' -Better meddle wi' the deil than the Bairns O' Falkirk.

falkirk fc crest 1880During the 1880s some intriguing detailing appeared on the team's otherwise plain navy jerseys. The first (1880) was worn by the captain alone while the second was worn by the entire team in a photograph from 1884-85. Andrew Hulett speculates on the better meddle... website that these are representations of the cross of St John, symbols that are associated with freemasonry. Although no corroborating evidence is available it is conceivable that some of the founders were members of the local lodge.

In December 1887 the committee decided on a change of colours and it appears the new scarlet and white falkirk fc crest 1883falkirk fc team group 1881-82tops were to be worn in a northern tour against Coupar-Angus and Fair City Athletic. The first confirmation of the new colours comes in a press report of a match with Laurieston when it was noted that "Falkirk looked well in their new colours last Saturday, and appeared to be a much heavier team when dressed in shirts than when they had jerseys." They were last worn against Bo'ness in March 1889 after which navy jerseys were restored.

In 1902 the Scottish First Division was expanded from 10 to 12 clubs. Falkirk and Raith Rovers were elected to fill the vacancies created in the Second Division. The Bairns thrived and in 1905, having finished as runners up, were elected into Division One. In 1908 and 1910 they finished in second place.

falkirk fc crest 1909In 1909 a lighter blue replaced Falkirk's traditional navy and a crest appeared. Although the details are difficult to determine it seems this was based on the arms of the burgh, which had been adopted three years earlier.

falkirk fc crest 1938The club’s fortunes declined after the outbreak of the First World War and they finished in the lower half of the table regularly until 1935, when they were relegated. The following season they won the Second Division title and finished near the top of the table until competition was suspended in 1939.

Another crest appeared in 1938-39, a quartered shield surmounted by a phoenix (symbol of the Carron Iron Company, the foundation of Falkirk's prosperity in the mid-19th century) and supported by two schoolboys (bairns) wielding clubs with the town motto (in Latin and Scots) on scrolls. These arms were never officially adopted but do appear on the Burgh Building, which dates from 1879.

In 1946, Falkirk were placed in Division A (first tier) where they held their own until being relegated in 1951. Once again they bounced back immediately and went on to win the Scottish Cup in 1957, despite a mediocre performance in the league. In the final the team wore a specially designed crest that featured an armed highlander falkirk fc crest 1957(a reference to the Battle of Falkirk in 1746) and part of the town motto, Touch Ane, Touch A' . The Highlander crest was worn in the following seasons and revived in 2007-08 to mark the 50th anniversary of the team's Scottish Cup win.

In 1959 they dropped back into Division Two, were promoted again in 1961. In August 1962, Falkirk appeared in halved shirts briefly: a 1-9 hammering by Motherwell may be the reason these were quickly replaced by traditional plain tops.

falkirk fc crest 1974Falkirk went back down in 1969 and returned immediately as Division Two champions in 1970. History repeated itself 1974-1975; relegation followed by immediate promotion but this time, due to the reorganisation precipitated by the introduction of the Premier Division, Falkirk found themselves still in the second tier.

It is thought that the modern club crest was designed by the club secretary, Willie McFarlane using a sixpence as a template to draw the outline of the football.

The Bairns dropped into Scottish Division Two (third level) in 1977 but won the championship in 1980 to return to the second level and in 1986 they were promoted to the Premier Division, which was briefly expanded to 12 clubs. In 1988 Falkirk finished 10th out of 12 and were falkirk fc crest 1986unfortunate to find themselves relegated when it was decided to return to a ten club Premier Division. The following season they finished as runners up but promotion and relegation now involved only the top and bottom clubs.

In the early 1990s Falkirk went up and down between the top divisions and spent the latter part of the decade challenging for, but never quite achieving promotion (now restricted once more to one-up and one-down).

In 1986 the crest was updated slightly with the addition of the club's name. There was another minor alteration 12 years later but the iconic football and steeple motif remaned untouched.

falkirk fc crest 1998For the 1996-97 season, tradition was abandoned briefly for an extravagant checkered kit: the Bairns reached the Scottish FA Cup Final in that season, mercifully reverting to plain navy shirts for that match.

In 2000 the SPL was expanded from 10 to 12 clubs and Falkirk qualified for a three-way play-off to decide the remaining promotion place. Since their ground did not meet SPL standards (which at the time required a minimum all-seated capacity of 10,000) they were denied the chance of promotion and Dunfermline Athletic were promoted instead. Play-offs were abandoned the following season.

In 2002 The Bairns finished in ninth place in Scottish Division One (the second tier) and would have been relegated had Airdrieonians not gone out of business. The following season the club won the First Division and, in order to meet SPL requirements, they proposed to move into the New Broomfield stadium in Airdire (a brand new stadium, now home to Airdrie United, the cost of which had bankrupted Airdrieonians). The SPL refused to accept this idea and once again Falkirk were denied promotion.

In 2003 Falkirk left the run down Brockville Park (their home since 1885) to share Stenhousemuir’s ground on while a new stadium was built that met the stringent SPL requirements. The following season the SPL reduced the stadium seating requirement from 10,000 to 6,000 and in July 2004 the club opened their brand new Falkirk Stadium (capacity 8,750) on the outskirts of the town.

In April 2005, Falkirk clinched the First Division title and were finally readmitted to Scotland’s elite but dropped back into the second tier in 2010.

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Sources

Details of early crests courtesy of better meddle... Modern crests are the property of Falkirk FC.