Historical Football Kits

 

Raith Rovers

Formed 1883

Elected to Scottish Division Two 1902. Retired 1917.

Returned to Scottish Division One 1919

Kit History

raith rovers 1883

1883 p

raith rovers 1887

1887 a p

raith rovers 1889

1889 t

raith rovers 1889

1890 p t

raith rovers 1891-92

1891-1892 t

1893-circa1900 a t

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raith rovers 1903-04

1903-1904 t

raith rovers 1906-1907

1906-1907 t

raith rovers 1912-17

1912-1917 a

1921-1922 t

1922-1930 a t

1930-1931 a

raith rovers 1931-33

1931-1933 a

1933-1934 a

raith rovers 1935-38

1935-1937 a c d

1937-1939 a

raith rovers fc 1945-46

1945-1946 v

raith rovers fc 1947-49

1947-1949 v

raith rovers 1949-50

1949-1950 a t

raith rovers 1950-1953

1950-1953 m

1953-1954 t

raith rovers 1954-55

1954-1955 r

raith rovers 1954-1956

1955-1956 a

raith rovers 1956

1956-Dec1957 a e

raith rovers 1958

Jan1958-1959 a f

1959-1960 a c t

1960-1962 a

1962-1963 a

raith rovers 1962-63

1962-1963 alt v

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1963-1964 a g

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raith rovers 1964-1972

1964-1972 a t

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1972-1973 a t

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1973-1974 a

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raith rovers 1974-75

1974-1975 a

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Bukta
raith rovers 1975-76

1975-1976 v

Bukta
raith rovers 1976-77

1976-1977 v

Bukta

1977-1978 a

Bukta

1978-1984 a i k u

Bukta
raith rovers 1984-85

1984-1985 u

Spall

1985-1986 k u

Spall

1986-1987 e u

Spall
raith rovers 1987-88

1987-1988 u

Spall

1988-1989 e

Spall

1989-1990 k

Spall
raith rovers 1990-91

1990-1991 s

Spall
raith rovers 1991-92

Aug1991-Feb1992 j

Spall

Mar1992-1993 j

Diadora
raith rovers 1993-94

1993-1994 j

Diadora

1994-1995 j

Raith Rovers (own brand)
raith rovers 1995-97

1995-1997 j q u v

Netbuster

1997-1998 k u

Xara
raith rovers 1998-99

1998-1999 u

Xara
raith rovers 1999-2000

1999-2000 l

TFG

2000-2001 k

TFG

2001-2002 k

TFG

2002-2003 k

Xara
raith rovers 2003-2005

2003-2005 k

Xara

2005-2006 k

Xara
raith rovers 2006-07

2006-2007 k

Puma

2007-2008 n

Puma
raith rovers 125th anniversary kit

2008-2009 o

Puma
raith rovers 2009

2009-2010 o

Puma
raith rovers 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 o

Puma
raith rovers home kit 2011-12

2011-2013 o

Puma
raith rovers fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 o

 

Background

raith rovers 1954-55Raith Rovers are based in Kirkcaldy, an industrial coastal town in the Kingdom of Fife to the north of Edinburgh. Their local rivals are East Fife, Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline Athletic.

In 1891, Raith joined the Midland League for a single season. They appear to have played only friendly and cup matches until 1901 when they joined the Northern League. The following season they applied successfully for membership of the Scottish Second Division. They finished first, second and first between 1908 and 1910 when they were finally elected to Division One. In 1913 they reached the Scottish Cup final for the first and so far, only, time, losing 0-2 to Falkirk.

Raith struggled at the higher level and in1915 they had to seek re-election. The following season they finished last but, with the Second Division suspended, there was no re-election process that season. At the end of the 1916-17 season, Raith, Aberdeen and Dundee were persuaded to retire from the league due to the difficulty of travelling during wartime. They were welcomed back in 1919.

In 1922, Rovers enjoyed their finest ever season, finishing third in Division One behind the Old Firm. In 1926 they were relegated but they bounced back immediately only to drop back into the Second Division in 1929. Here they languished for nine seasons before winning the divisional championship in 1938. They could not cope, however, with the higher standards and were relegated immediately, having finished bottom of the twenty team First Division.

After the Second World War, Raith resumed their career in Division “B” (the second tier) and in 1949 they were promoted as champions. The club consolidated in mid-table throughout the 1950s, managing to finish fourth in 1957 but in 1963 they went back down to the Second Division for four seasons. Two seasons of struggle back in the top division ended with relegation in 1970 and in 1975, the club was placed in the new Division Two (the new third tier) following the formation of the Premier Division.

The club bounced between the Second and First Divisions until 1987 when they settled into the First Division (tier two) for the next five seasons. In 1993 Raith ran away with the First Division title and made their debut in the Premier Division. The disappointment of relegation the following season was set off by a remarkable victory over Celtic in the Coca Cola Cup (formerly the Scottish league Cup) and a return to the Premier Division in 1995. The Cup win meant that Raith qualified for the UEFA Cup where they were knocked out by eventual winners, Bayern Munchen after leading 1-0 at half-time in the Olympiastadion.

This success enabled the club to redevelop their Stark’s Park ground, which was opened in 1995. However, Raith could not hang on to their place in the Premier Division and were relegated in 1997, 13 points adrift at the foot of the table. Worse was to follow in 2002 when they slipped briefly into the Second Division (third tier).

The 2004-05 season proved disastrous: with a team made up almost entirely of continental players from the lower French divisions Raith finished last with just 16 points and returned to the Second Division. The following season the very future of the club was thrown into doubt when property developers Colin McGowan and Alex Short, whose company, West City owned a 50% stake in the club, threatened to sell Stark’s Park for housing. After months of wrangling a deal was struck and the New Raith Rovers Limited consortium completed a £1.2m buyout in December 2005 to secure the club’s future.

Stark’s Park is situated in Pratt Street, Kirkcaldy, perhaps the most unfortunate address in football.

To mark their 125th anniversary, Raith revived the halved shirts, originally worn in 1887, for the 2008-09 season. Fittingly, the team won their divisional championship that season. Another retro inspired kit appeared in 2013-14 based on the iconic strip won 50 years earlier.

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