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Stirling Albion

Formed 1945

Elected to Division “C” 1946

Kit History

stirling albion 1945

1945-1946 a

1946-1947 a

1947-1948 a

stirling albion 1948

1948-1950 a

1950-1953 a

stirling albion 1953

1953-1954 a

1954-1955 a

1955-1957 a b

stirling albion 1957-58

1957-1958 a

stirling albion 1958-59

1958-1959 a

stirling albion 1959

1959-1961 a

1961-1964 a

stirling albion 1964

1964-1965 a

1965-1967 a

1967-1968 a

1968-1970 a

stirling albion 1971

1971-1973 a

1974-1977 a c

Admiral

1977-1980 a b

Admiral

1980-1981 b l

Umbro
stirling albion 1983

1981-1984 g i l

Patrick
stirling albion 1984-85

1984-1985 l

Umbro

1985-1986 b l

Umbro

1986-1987 b l

Spall
stirling albion 1988

1987-1991 d l

Spall

1991-1993 e l

Matchwinner
stirling albion 1993

1993-1995 d k

Le Coq Sportif

1995-1996 d l n

The Albion Collection
stirling albion 1996

1996-1998 d k l o

Uhlsport
stirling albion 1998

1998-1999 k l

Rossco
stirling albion 1999

1999-2000 k l

Secca
stirling albion 2000

2000-2001 d

Virma
stirling albion 2001

2001-2002 d

Virma

2002-2004 d

Vandanel
stirling albion 2004

2004-2005 d

Vandanel

2005-2006 d

Vandanel

2006-2007 d m

Vandanel
stirling albion 2007

2007-2008 f

Vandanel
stirling albion 2008-09 home kit

2008-2009 h

Vandanel
stirling albion 2009-10

2009-2010 j

Puma
stirling albion fc 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 j

Puma
stirling albion home kit 2011-12

2011-2012 j

Puma
stirling albion fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 j

Macron
stirling albion 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 j

Macron
stirling albion 2014-15 first kit

2014-2015 j

Macron
stirling albion 2015-16 kit

2015-2016 j

Macron
stirling albion 2016-17 1st kit

2016-2017 j

Macron
stirling albion 2017-18

2017-2018 j

 

Background

stirling albion 1954-55 teamPrior to World War Two, the town of Stirling was represented in the Scottish League by King’s Park FC, which had been closed down for the duration. In June 1940, their ground was damaged by the only German bomb to fall on the town.

In the spring of 1945 discussions were held with a view to restarting the club. A local coal magnate and chairman of King's Park, Thomas Fergusson, purchased some land on the Annfield estate and built a new stadium there. Rather than move the old club in, Fergusson formed Stirling Albion to play in the brand new Annfield stadium and take King's Park's place in the Scottish League when this was reinstated in 1946. The new team was allotted a place in the new third level Division C, which was made up mostly of reserve sides. These machinations attracted considerable criticism at the time: by forming a new club, Fergusson was able to retain a place in the Scottish League while avoiding liability for the old club's debts, subverting the rules on liquidation. King's Park continued to exist on paper until 1953 when they finally received compensation for the war damage to their ground, which went towards settling the club's debts.

stirling albion crest 1961Albion won their divisional championship and were promoted to Division “B” (second tier) in 1947. From then until the 1960s, their exploits gave rise to the phrase “going up and down like Stirling Albion” and they became known as “The Yo-Yos.”

The first crest worn by the team consisted of the coat of arms of the city of Stirling and is known as the saltire and lion rampant badge. This was worn between 1961 and 1964 on the distictive white shirts with red hoops of the period.

In the late 1960s, Albion languished in the Second Division until reconstruction in 1975 placed them in the new Division Two, now the third tier. In 1977 they won promotion but their career in the second tier came to an end in 1981 when, with the club on the brink of bankruptcy, they stirling albion crest 1985failed to score a single goal in eight months and were relegated back to the Second Division.

In 1966 a new club crest appeared on the blazers worn by the team on a tour of Japan: this was later used on official documents and a decade later a metal version was hung above the bar in the Members' Club at Annfield. The building that forms the centrepiece is Annfield House, the club's offices and changing rooms. A nice touch is the addition of a yo-yo. This badge was eventually added to the team shirts in 1987.

To raise funds, Albion (now known as “The Binos”) sold their Annfield ground and leased it back from the district council, who acquired a prime city centre site, ripe for redevelopment at a knock-down price. In 1986, having demolished the main stand for reasons of safety, the council decided to install an artificial pitch in order to enable greater use of the stadium and generate more revenue. In September 1987 a large crowd turned out to watch the first game in Scotland to be played on artificial turf. SFA rules allowed clubs in cup competitions to refuse to play on plastic pitches so for the next five years, all of Stirling Albion’s cup ties were played away from home.

In April 1991, Albion ended ten years in the lowest league with the Second Division championship. They also quit Annfield and moved into the new Forthbank Stadium overlooking the River Forth and in 1996 they won promotion to Division One (second level). After one respectable mid-table finish, they went into serious stirling albion crest 2000decline and by 2002 they finished second-bottom in the Third Division (fourth and lowest tier).

In 2000 management commissioned a new crest that would better reflect local tradition and a local company, Bruce Design, submitted several ideas. The board chose a circular design with the Wallace Monument in front of the Ochil Hills as the centre piece.

In 2007, the Binos gained promotion via the play-offs to Scottish Division One (second tier) but dropped straight back down again in 2008.

After a lengthy fundraising campaign, the club was finally bought by the Stirling Albion Supporters' Association in August 2010 and established as a community interest company. To mark this transition, the words "Real Football for Real Supporters" were printed below the club crest for the 2010-11 season.

2014-15 marked the 70th anniversary of the club's formation and to celebrate the iconic design from 1957 was revived along with the original saltire and lion rampant crest. Unhappily, the team were relegated to League Two at the end of the season.

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Sources

Crests are the property of Stirling Albion FC. Background on crest history from Stirling Albion Mad.