Historical Football Kits

 

Motherwell

Formed 1886

Founder member of Scottish Division Two 1893

Kit History

 

 

 

Glencairn

 

1877

glencairn fc 1877

1877

 

 

 

Alpha

 

1881

alpha fc 1881

1885-1886 a

 

 

 

Motherwell

 

1886

 

Formed by the merger of Glencairn and Alpha

motherwell 1885

1885-1888 a

1888-1890 a b

1890-1891 a

1891-1893 a c

motherwell 1893

1893 j

Knickers described as "satin"
motherwell 1894

1894-1895 a

1895-1900 a c

1900-1908 a l

motherwell 1909

1909-1913 a

motherwell 1913

1913-1924 a k n

motherwell 1924

1924-1928 a

motherwell 1927-28 away kit

1927-1928 away a

motherwell 1928

Sept-Oct 1928 a

Nov 1928-1931 a

motherwell 1928-29 away kit

1928-1929 away a

motherwell 1932

1931-1933 e k

motherwell fc 1933-34

1933-1934 a

motherwell 1934

1934-1935 k

1935-1937 a

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1937-1938 n

motherwell fc 1938-39

1938-1939 n

motherwell fc 1947-48

1947-1948 k

motherwell fc 1948-49

1948-1949 n

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1949-1951 a d

1951-1954 k

motherwell 1952

1954-1957 e1 k n

motherwell 1957

1957-1958 e2 k

motherwell fc 1959-60

1958-1959 n

motherwell 1959-60

1959-1960 k

motherwell fc 1959-60

1959-1960 2 n

"Away" socks sometimes used as shown
motherwell fc 1960-61

1959-1960 3 n

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1960-1962 1 e k

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motherwell fc 1961-62

1961-1962 2 n

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1962-1963 j

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1963-1966 e3 i

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1966-1968 i n

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Umbro

1968-1969 i

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motherwell 1969

1969-1972 f i

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1972-1973 j

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motherwell 1973

1973-1974 f i

1973-1974 alt a k

Alternate kit from October 1973
Umbro
motherwell 1974

1974-1976 e4 i k m

Also worn with amber socks
Umbro

1974-1975 alt k

Admiral
motherwell 1976

1976-1978 a e5 i j

Admiral
motherwell 1978

1978-Jan 1979 f i

Admiral
motherwell 1979

Feb-May 1979 k

Adidas
motherwell 1979

1979-1982 f g i k

Patrick
motherwell 1982

1982-1984 f g i k

Shirt sponsored from February 1984
Patrick

1984-1985 early k

Patrick
motherwell 1984

1984-1985 f i j k

Umbro

1985-1987 f g i j k

Matchwinner
motherwell 1987

1987-1989 f g i k

Matchwinner

1989-1990 f g i k

Admiral
motherwell 1990

1990-1991 f g i k

Admiral
motherwell 1991

1991-1992 f i k

Hummel

1992-1994 f i

Pony
motherwell 1994

1994-1996 f i k

Pony
motherwell 1996

1996-1998 f i

Xara
motherwell 1998

1998-2000 f g i

Xara

2000-2002 f g

Xara
motherwell 2002

2002-2004 f g h k

Xara
motherwell 2004

2004-2006 f g h

Xara
motherwell 2006

2006-2007 f g h

Bukta
motherwell 2007

2007-Jan 2008 b

Bukta

Jan-May 2008 b k

Tribute to the late Phil O'Donnell
Bukta

2008-2009 b

Canterbury
motherwell 2009

2009-2010 b

Puma
motherwell 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 b

Puma
motherwell fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2013 b

Puma
motherwell fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 b

Macron
motherwell 2014-15  kit

2014-2015 b

 

Background

motherwell fc 1932-33 team groupIn May 1886, Glencairn FC (named after John Glencairn Carter Hamilton of Dalzell no less) and Alpha FC (the works team from the Alpha Steam Crane & Engine Works) merged to form Motherwell FC. It seems that both teams wore identical navy and white outfits, a very common choice in Scotland at the time, but the new Motherwell team adopted "light blue:" this appears to refer to a shade intermediate between royal and sky blue.

Very soon Motherwell were the town's most powerful team and in 1891 they joined the Scottish Federation, one of the new leagues that sprang up in imitation of the Scottish Football League, formed the year before. In 1893 Motherwell turned professional, changing to maroon shirts and "satin knickerbockers," almost certainly a fanciful description invented to add a certain distinction to the occasion. The maroon was replaced fairly quickly with "light blue".

Motherwell became founder members of the Scottish Second Division, which kicked off for the 1893-94 season. the club were now known as "The Steelmen," reflecting the town's association with heavy industry.

The club had a mixed career until 1903 when they finished as runners-up and were elected to the First Division. Out of their depth, Motherwell had to apply for re-election in 1904 and 1905 (this was before promotion and relegation became automatic) but survived and until the outbreak of the First World War, they generally finished in the lower half of the table. In 1913, 'Well adopted their famous claret and amber colours, unique in Scottish League history. In fact their yoked shirts were identical to those worn by Bradford City at this time and it is likely that they were adopted to emulate the success of the English club and reduce the need to change when colours clashed with opponents. It was not until 1928 that they adopted the amber shirts with bold claret band that became their signature kit. Photographic evidence suggests the original amber was a very dark shade and the new style tops were described in club records as "bright amber with a claret hoop".

Between 1926 and 1934, Motherwell regularly finished in the top three and in 1932, they won the First Division championship with five points to spare over Rangers. They also reached the Scottish Cup final in 1931, 1933 and 1939 but were beaten on each occasion. Their first cup success came in 1950 when they beat Hibernian in the League Cup final and two years later they beat Dundee 4-0 to win the Scottish Cup.

motherwell crest 1969The club dropped briefly into Division "B" (the second tier) in 1953 but returned the following season as champions. History repeated itself in 1968 and 1969 and when the Premier Division was formed in 1975, they just scraped in by virtue of finishing tenth in the old First Division.

From 1969 a number of different styles were introduced to a mixed reception from supporters. The first of these had the motherwell fc crest 1976 letters "MFC" embroidered on to the shirts in simple script. Admiral's all amber outfit with claret and white trim, introduced in 1976 proved quite popular, however. This particular shirt featured a more individual monogramme. Admiral replaced this strip at the beginning of the 1978-79 season, but the old shirts were reintroduced for the final months of the season. The previous monogramme was then used on the unpopular yellow shirts that were introduced by Adidas in 1979.

motherwell fc crest 1982Between 1979 and 1985 Motherwell endured two more spells in the First Division (second level). A new crest was introduced in 1982, which has remained in place ever since.

In 1991 Motherwell won the Scottish FA Cup for the second time. In an effort to win further honours, highly paid stars were recruited but runners-up position in the Premier Division in 1995 was the best that could be achieved. Attendances continued to disappoint and in 2002 the club was placed in administration. The following season, Motherwell finished bottom and should have been relegated but they were reprieved because the stadium of First Division champions Falkirk did not meet Premier Division standards.

motherwell 125th anniversary crest 2011-12Now run on more stringent financial principles, Motherwell have relied on home grown talent in recent years to hold on to their place in Scotland's top division.

On 29 December 2007, Motherwell's captain, "Uncle Phil" O'Donnell suffered a heart attack and died on the pitch in the game against Dundee United. As a tribute, the first team played out the rest of the season in shirts embroidered with his signature.

To celebrate the club's 125th anniversary a commemorative crest was introduced for the 2011-12 season. The following season, with Rangers consigned to the Third Division, Motherwell finished as runners up in the Scottish Premier League.

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