Throughout the years in Scottish football, there have been many classic shirts. We’ve seen the good, the bad and the outright weird, but they all have their unique place in Scotland’s footballing history.
In part one, along with Gary Bierton from Classic Football Shirts, we explored three of our favourite kits from throughout Scottish football. Bierton has helped NTOF pick out another three shirts from Scotland’s rich footballing history.
From modern classics to old-school favourites, here are another three of our favourite shirts from within Scottish football.
Clydebank’s ‘Wet Wet Wet’ 1993/94 home kit
This shirt will be remembered not for its design, but its famous sponsor. The kit takes on a red top half, with the rest of the kit a plain white. Whilst this was the norm for Bankies kits in the 90s, the biggest standout was the local band Wet Wet Wet’s name emblazoned in the middle of the kit.
Bierton believes the shirt was great marketing ploy by the band: “When you think of this kit, you instantly think of the early 90s. It’s got all the design elements about it, but obviously it’s the sponsor that makes it stand the test of time.
“It’s a very interesting dynamic and something that worked as a marketing tool. Even 20 or so years later we are sitting here and the thing you think about when you picture a Clydebank kit is the Wet Wet Wet sponsor.
” I think as time goes on, people are less and less critical of the kits because they came from perhaps a more innocent age. It’s a little bit more of an innocent publicity stunt.”
Dundee United 1980s home kits
In the 80s, Dundee United kits were widely associated with the old-school Adidas designs. They were simple but stylish kits, making that era of strips one of the most sought after United shirts.
Bierton believes that it is the Tangerine colours that make these shirts stand out.
“Scottish teams outside of Rangers and Celtic, because of the colours, have more room for experimentation. Some sort of licence to be a bit more experimental, and Dundee United are a great example of that.
“The Adidas designs from the late 1980’s are really enhanced by the traditional orange and black club colours. The kits were an interesting variation of what was going on in England and Europe at that time.”
Hearts’ 2010/2011 home shirt
The most recent kit on any of our lists, Hearts pulled out a real gem of a shirt a the start of this decade. It is perhaps one of the finest Hearts kits in recent years, with a nice white stripe down the middle of the kit.
Despite this, the 2011/2012 Hearts kit could have stole the show, had it not been for a poor sponsor. For that reason, Bierton believes the 2010/11 kit goes down as modern classic: ” I was in two minds as to whether to include the 2011/12 shirt, because the Umbro range from this era is very nice. It’s tailored designs, simple, classic kits with a higher production value than most shirts.
“The Wonga sponsor certainly takes away from the design element slightly, as without it, that kits goes down as one of the best. It looks like a retro shirt going back to the 40’s and 50’s. I’ll have to go for the 2010/11 because of this, as it doesn’t have the Wonga sponsor.
” I’m not sure how Hearts fans feel about this one. The colours are primarily white, with the maroon colour on each side forming a panel on the shirt. This is another modern classic from Hearts for me.”