IT’S one of those question asked amongst sports fans of all ages; just what is the most famous Scottish sporting kit of all time? 

What one did you want to wear as a kid or a fan, and what one made you wince? Was there a shirt you wished your team wore, or another you just wanted to see disappear?

And what about those other items in sport, the colour schemes, race suits, helmets and clothing that meant so much to so many?

Every reader and aficionado will have their own ideas on this one, just like they will know the outfits that made them cringe.

Over the coming days, we will be counting down to what is the Most Memorable Scottish Kit of all time, and what makes the most famous – and infamous – designs over the years.

If you’d like to vote or have a say on what colours make it on to the top 100, either contact us our sister paper through Twitter, @hssport, or through the Herald Sport Facebook page – and let the debate commence.

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Graphics: David Moor (Historical Football Kits)

100. Clydebank (away) 1993 - 1995

MISS: When your local record-breaking pop artists come along and offer you a sponsorship deal, when all you have to do is emblazon their name across the front of the first-team shirts, it isn’t something you would knock back.

And that’s what Wet Wet Wet did back in 1993 for Clydebank, with the band – Marti Pellow, Graeme Clark, Neil Mitchell and Tommy Cunningham – adding their presence to the press and media launch to herald this new relationship.

Unfortunately, this was at a time where (almost) anything went when it came to design schemes, and in particular, colour schemes.

So while the Bankies home kit remained along traditional lines, the away kit appeared un a lurid purple, which amongst supporters, was something of a Sweet Little Misery...

99. Dario Franchitti 1990 - 2013

HIT: His career was nothing short of remarkable, his level of success making him for many years, the most famous Scotsman competing in American sport.

Dario Franchitti was tipped for glory from the time he won the McLaren Autosport Award in 1992.  

After a lucrative contract with Mercedes to drive in German touring cars, by the end of the decade he was a proven winner in the Champ Car series, before switching to the Indy Car Series where over an 11-year career he drove in over 150 races, winning the title four times and 21 races including the blue riband Indy 500 three times.

The Bathgate driver never forgot his roots, the colours carried on his helmet paying testament to his roots and family heritage; Dario wore the Saltire, and, the Italian tricolor, making him instantly recognisable behind the wheel.HeraldScotland:

98. Morton 2016

MISS: Every now and again the ‘we know’ best’ attitude adopted by many club – especially when it comes to taking money from fans – backfires on them spectacularly.

In May 2016, Morton put their new 2016-17 kit on sale – and then quickly had to take it off again. It wasn’t that the fans didn’t like the £40 pricetag, or, Nike’s ‘Dry-Fit’ technology, that pulls away sweat and keep you dry and comfortable (although being waterproof in Greenock would have been better). No, the locals just didn’t like the design and it was scrapped after four days.

The club was then forced into a quick rethink, and coming up with a handful of different designs for the fans to vote on. Which is probably why the club ended up with traditional blue and white hoops again. Sometimes it’s best to just stick with the tried and tested.HeraldScotland:

97. Scotland Rugby World Cup 2007

MISS: There was a time when the Scotland rugby team wore traditional blue, unless there was a colour clash (which usually meant the French) and then they wore white. Simple.

However, once the ‘amateur code’ bought in to commercialism, there was no stopping them, although this design came to a shuddering halt during the 2007 World Cup when Scotland played New Zealand.

There shouldn’t have been an issue, the two nations had met on many an occasion. Except this time, the All Blacks away outfit (which they had to wear being the visitors) almost mirrored that of the Scots, causing all sorts of confusion for fans, players, commentators and even the referee.

There was one way you could tell the difference: the score. HeraldScotland:

96. Scotland (Change) 1993-1994

MISS: Over the years, Scotland had been quite traditional when it came to their secondary kits. White, red and occasionally yellow had been the norm, but the late 80’s saw significant changes when it came to designs.

By the 1990’s, anything went, whether or not the fans liked it.

This kit is most famous for being worn at Ibrox when Scotland played Germany and a certain Duncan Ferguson almost made his mark at international level with a spectacular overhead kick, And before your memory plays tricks, it didn’t hit the bar, it was saved by keeper Andreas Kopke.

Maybe we’ve erased that fact, in much the same way as we’ve tried to delete all recollection of this horribly dull, uninspiring strip. Personally, I liked the theory this kit was introduced to boost sales of the blue jerseys.

They must have sold a few then ...HeraldScotland:

95. Gary Anderson 2009-present

HIT: Darts players have never really been known for doing anything tastefully.

Jocky Wilson didn’t have a distinct look. His attire owed more to what was clean and lying around. He belonged to a generation when their shirts were more modesty blankets to cover their assets (all paid for at the bar). But bevvying and smoking vanished and sponsorship arrived, although being XXXL gave you an advantage of having more advertising space.

Today’s generation however are a tad more athletic (looking), and are not just darts players but brands. Oh yes they are. Why have nicknames otherwise?

Gary Anderson has done Scotland proud on the oche in recent years, and has quietly gone about his business, his use of tartan on his match shirt leaving no-one in any doubt that he is most definitely one of us.HeraldScotland:

94. Celtic (Away) 2016-2017

MISS: Over the year we’ve had black, white, gold, even day-glo yellow, and forty shades of green. Actually, that’s an exaggeration. It’s only 27, but counting. However, no-one – least of all Celtic fans – quite expected the offering that arrived in July 2016 when the club paraded their latest away kit.

Was it pink, fuschia, insipid red, blush? Personally, I think it’s more Hot Lips or Pink Popsicle. Or at least it is according to the respective paint colour charts of Craig & Rose and Benjamin Moore.

Many a Celtic aficionado would tell you the colour is the colour of the tickets that were sold for the 1967 European Cup final in Lisbon. Plausible reasoning.

However, even that historical association hasn’t convinced a great many Celtic fans that this kit is for them, or their team.HeraldScotland:

93. Aberdeen (Away) 1996

MISS: There were two very distinct schools of thought when it came to manufacturing football kits from the mid-80’s onwards.
One was that you replicated your first-choice design but in a different colour scheme. 

The second, was that you had your home kit and just produced something completely commercial, and more often than not, from left-field as your change strip. On this occasion, Aberdeen went for the former.

Dons fans, to this day, still curl their noses up at this one. Red was replaced by blue, blue swapped with yellow.

It was the wrong base colour, for many, and the yellow made it look a real mish-mash design wise. 

Who knew there were so many design gurus in the Granite City? 

What didn’t help was the shirt sponsor on the front. Forget living. This kit left many totally dead.HeraldScotland:

92. Scotland (Third Kit) 2008-2009

MISS: Throughout this series you will see a trend. Namely: a string of entirely random colours and designs adopted by the SFA in order to cover all eventualities.  

Ah see, you thought I was going to say make money.One of the eventualities came when we faced Georgia in a Euros qualifier. They wore white, but instead of wearing our traditional blue, we opted for a colour described (by the SFA’s own interior designers) as ‘cheery red.’
Others saw it more as rust, maroon, even mucky puddle.

Whatever it was, it wasn’t one you were going to pack to take on your holidays. Neither did it inspire the Scots in Tbilisi that night, as we were taken apart by a couple of teenagers.

It was, in terms of results away to Georgia, a shape of things to come. Maybe our results aren’t about what we wear after all...


91. Dundee United (Away) 2000-2001

MISS: Once upon a time, Dundee United were actually called Dundee Hibernian and played in green.

And getting back to their roots was all part of United introducing a green away kit at the turn of the century.

Like most away kits, United’s effort was met with mixed emotions; some liked it, some didn’t, and some just ignored it. Be honest, if it had been a best seller they’d still be in production.

One who wasn’t a fan was Steven Thompson, the Herald’s football columnist, although he admits he had good reason to like it. 

“I thought it was awful,” said Thompson. “Of all the colours, it wasn’t the most pleasing on the eye. But I should have loved those tops, because I remember wearing it against Aberdeen when I scored two of the best goals I ever scored for United. Still not a fan though.”