Historical Football Kits

 

Heart of Midlothian

Formed 1874

Founder member of the Scottish Football League 1890

Kit History

hearts 1873

1873-1876 a b k

hearts 1876

1876-1877 b k o

hearts 1877

1877-1878 a b k o

hearts 1878

1878-1883 k

1885-1889 k

hearts 1889

1889-1891 k o

1895-1900 a

hearts 1900

1900-1910 a k w

hearts 1910

1910-1911 a k

hearts 1911

1911-1912 a k

hearts 1912

1912-1919 a k

1919-aug1920 a k

sept1920-1923 a k

hearts 1923

1923-1935 a k w

hearts 1927-29 away kit

1927-1929 away k

hearts 1935

1935-1937 a k

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heart of midlothian 1937-38

1937-1940 a w

hearts 1945

1945-1946 k

1946-1948 k w

1948-1951 a w

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1951-1958 a k

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1957-1959 alt k w

Worn in floodlit games

1958-1959 a k

hearts 1959

1959-1965 a k

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hearts 1965

1965-1966 a k

Occasionally worn 64-65
hearts 1966

1966-1967 a k

Frequently worn 1965-66

1967-1968 a k

Replaced collared shirts mid-season

1968-1969 a k

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Aug-Dec 1969 a k

hearts 1970

Jan-Apr 1970 a k

early1970-1971 a k

late 1970-1971 a k

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1971-1972 a k

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1972-1973 a

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1973-1974 a

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1974-1975 a

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Umbro
heart of midlothian 1975-77

1975-1977 u

Umbro
hearts 1977

1977-1979 a u

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heart of midlothian 1979-82

1979-1982 u

Umbro

1982-1983 a u

Umbro
hearts 1983-84

1983-1984 u

Umbro
hearts 1984

1984-1985 a u

Umbro

1985-1986 a u

Bukta
hearts 1986

1986-1987 a q

Bukta
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1987-1988 a q

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Bukta
hearts 1988

1988-1989 a i q

Bukta

1989-1990 a j q

Bukta
hearts 1990

1990-1991 a q t

Admiral

1991-1992 a q t

Admiral
hearts 1992

1992-1993 a q t

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Asics
hearts 1993

1993-1995 a q r t v

Pony
hearts 1995

1995-1997 a q

Olympic Sports
hearts 1997

1997-1998 a

Olympic Sports
hearts 1998

1998-1999 l q

Olympic Sports
hearts 1999

1999-2000 h q s

Errea
hearts 2000

2000-2001 d q

Errea

2001-2002 h q

Reebok
hearts 2002

2002-2004 d g q t

Reebok
hearts 2004

2004-2005 d f n t

Hummel
hearts 2005

2005-2006 d e n t

Hummel
hearts 2006

2006-2007 c t

Umbro
hearts 2007

2007-2008 c p

Umbro
hearts home kit 2008-09

2008-2009 c p

Umbro
heart of midlothian 2009-10

2009-2010 c

Umbro
hearts 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 c

Umbro
heart of midlothian 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 c

Adidas
heart of midlothian 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 c

Adidas
heart of midlothian 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 c

 

Background

hearts c1885 team group

The original "Heart of Midlothian" was the old Tolbooth Prison in Edinburgh, made famous in the eponymous novel by Sir Walter Scott. Tempting as it to imagine that the founders of Edinburgh's oldest senior club were inspired by Scotland's great romantic novelist, the truth is that the founders took the name from a dance hall they used to frequent. The club's famous badge is based on a mosaic to be found on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. There is a legend that the founders played football in the street, using the mosaic as a centre spot.

Players originally turned out in all white shirts and trousers with maroon trimmings and a heart sewn into the shirt. In 1876 they adopted red, white and navy hoops with the letters MFBC (Mid Lothian Foot Ball) but these were unpopular with the players, presumably because they were more expensive than the plain jerseys available from local gentlemen's outfitters, so in 1877, the lettering was removed and the shirts dyed a very dark red: photographs show that the old hoops showed through the dye. Hearts have been associated with maroon shirts ever since and were originally nicknamed "The Maroons.".

After a nomadic early existence, the club settled into the Gorgie area of the city in 1881, moving to their present Tynecastle site in 1886. Hearts’ traditional rivals are Hibernian. Hibs were initially ostracised by the presbyterian dominated Edinburgh FA, but Hearts played a fixture against the catholic team, breaking the official boycott. After this supportive gesture, relationships between the two clubs descended into bitter rivalry.

Hearts became the only east coast club to join the Scottish Football League on its formation in 1890, by which time they were the strongest side in the city. They were champions in 1895 and 1897 and won the Scottish FA Cup four times between 1891 and 1906, including a 2-1 victory over Hibernian in 1896, played in Edinburgh, the only time this match has been hosted away from Glasgow.

During the Great War, the entire playing staff joined up en masse. Seven of their number were killed and a Remembrance Service is held every year at Haymarket, where their memorial stands.

Between 1906 and 1954, Hearts failed to win a single trophy and the balance of power shifted firmly to Glasgow. The mid-1950s however brought a change of fortune, with victories in the Scottish League Cup (1955, 1959, 1960 and 1963), Scottish FA Cup wins in 1956 and League championships in 1958 and 1960. Inevitably their best players were tempted away to play in England and the club went into decline.

In 1972 the club broke with tradition to adopt an all-white kit with a broad maroon panel, a style obviously borrowed from Ajax. *(This strip was used mainly in the Texaco Cup, a short-lived competition for English, Scottish and Irish teams that had not qualified for one of the major European tournaments. Hearts' supporters often refer to it as "The Texaco strip."). They returned to a more traditional outfit for their centenary season.

When the Premier Division was formed in 1975, Hearts struggled to retain their position and were relegated to the First Division three times. They have remained in the top flight since 1983. In 1986 they narrowly missed out on the championship, losing out on goal difference on the final day of the season and were Scottish Cup finalists - a heartbreaking experience. Hearts became established at the top of the Premier League, regularly finishing in third place and competing in the UEFA Cup (without, it must be said making much impression). In 1998 they beat Rangers to win the Scottish Cup for the sixth time.

A new era arrived when Lithuanian banker Vladimir Romanov became the club’s major shareholder and appointed his son, Roman as CEO and Chairman. The Romanov's wealth enabled the club to mount a serious challenge to the Old Firm. In came new stars, including several east European internationals and for a while it seemed as if Hearts might win the Premier League. In the end they could not quite manage it but they did win the Scottish Cup once again in 2006. The Romanov’s regime was punctuated by repeated allegations of interference with team selection, and high-profile departures.

In May 2013 Hearts' parent company, UBIG applied to a Lithuanian court to be declared insolvent but the SPL board concluded that they could not say whether this constituted an insolvency event under the rules adopted the previous summer so no points penalty was imposed. The new rules, adopted because of the Rangers debacle, "moved insolvency events effecting just the league member club but also the parent of that member club" (Stewart Regan, SFA Chief Executive) so the logic of this decision is unclear. With their chairman, Vladimir Romanov apparently on the run from Lithuanian police and the club facing a winding up order over an unpaid tax bill, their survival seemed to lie with a takeover bid from the Foundation of Hearts, a vehicle for supporters' groups backed by the local business community.

The club are often known as the "Jambos" from the rhyming slang, "Jam Tarts" = "Hearts."

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