IT will be 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 close your eyes? 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?

Read more: Sport Times' 100 Most Memorable Kits: Numbers 80-71 featuring Scotland, Partick Thistle and Cillian Sheridan's Christmas jumper

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

Over 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.

Read more: Sport Times' 100 Most Memorable Scottish Kits: Numbers 90-81 featuring Rangers, Airdrie and St Mirren​

If you’d like to vote or have a say on what colours make it on to the top 100, either contact us 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)

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Read more: Herald Sport's 100 Most Memorable Scottish Kits: Numbers 100-91​

70. David Coulthard 1982 - Present

HIT: David Coulthard never left anyone in any doubt where he came from right through his racing career. While he might have gained just a few points for originality – his helmet carried the Saltire – Coulthard made up for that in instant recognition, both in being identified as a proud Scot, and, as being a hugely talented driver.

After the death of Ayrton Senna, the Tynholm driver found himself thrust into the No.2 seat at Williams, flying as wing man to Damon Hill. From there, after a first GP win in Portugal, Coulthard moved on to McLaren and more Grand Prix success, this time with Mika Hakkinen as team-mate.

And, as a tried and trusted ‘team player’ there was no surprise that Red Bull sought the services of the flying Scotsman in 2005. In total, he took 13 F1 victories before a move to German touring cars with Mercedes. 

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69. Partick Thistle (Away) 2008 - 2009

MISS: Partick Thistle have a distinctive enough colour co-ordination that you would think finding a suitable change kit would be a relatively simple process. 

Instead, the Jags made life difficult for themselves – and viewing for spectators equally hard – with this aberration from 2008. 
It was, to say the very least, different, and followed the ‘think pink’ idea adopted by Juventus and Benfica around that time. What should have been pointed out was that it was Partick Thistle we were talking about here.

There were a few design issues, the main one being that in bright sunlight, the pink almost disappeared, merging in to the grey. If Thistle were intent on making a statement with this kit then they succeeded. It was also one of the few occasions they were quoted in the same sentence as Juventus and Benfica.

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68. Scotland Rugby Sevens 2014

HIT: There were so many things they got right at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and this was one of them.

The rugby sevens tournament really captured both the imagination and the support of the Scottish public at large, as well as rugby fans from further afield.

Staging the tournament at Ibrox proved inspirational, and provided four sell-out sessions of world-class rugby, watched by over 170,000.

Scotland played their part, and looked the part in a kit that wasn’t immediately accepted; no collar and white socks looked strange at first, but then grew on people, as did the shade of blue used. And no, it wasn’t in tribute to Rangers.

A narrow defeat to New Zealand in the group stages meant the Scots would face South Africa in the quarter-finals. We lost, and South Africa eventually took the gold medal.

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67. Dundee United (Away) 1993 - 1994

MISS: This United away kit appears on enough ‘worst ever’ polls and websites that it was a sure-fire favourite to make it on to our list. Once seen, never, ever forgotten.

Had the shirt been pure white, then no-one would have given this one a second glance. 

But adding those random splurges meant it copped some real criticism. 
Had it been dive bombed by a flock of seagulls? 

Had, as one website speculated, Gerald Scarfe been doodling away on this design? 

Personally, any time I saw Dundee United wearing this outfit, I was always half expecting Morten Harket to emerge from the tangled design, as if from A-ha’s ‘Take On Me’ video.

Whoever penned this one certainly had their own take on what the supporters might have wanted.


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66. Colin Montgomerie 1992

MISS: You will remember Colin Montgomerie’s long-running fashion crisis that covered several years during the 1990s. It is a box already ticked in this series.

However, to be nominated for one get-up in particular deserves a citation all of its own.

And once again, the difference between being a winner and a loser in sports fashion can be down to a goal, a couple of points, or in the case of Monty, a few strokes.

Had he triumphed in front of his how crowd at the 1992 Scottish Open at Gleneagles, then Montgomerie would have been hailed a patriotic hero for his Saltire attire. 

Instead, Aussie Peter O’Malley won, blitzing the back nine in 28, completing the last five in seven-under par, leaving Monty, cruelly, being compared to a large hot cross bun. Unjustified. It was nowhere near Easter …
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65. St Mirren 1972 - 1973

MISS: There was a time when Ajax ruled European football, the legendary Dutch side instantly recognisable in their white outfit with the distinctive red bib running down the front. 

The first time I saw that kit wasn’t on TV; it was when a bunch of kids I lived beside went to the Netherlands for an age-group tournament, and to a man (or boy) returned with an Ajax top.

That style was adopted by several clubs in the early 70s, north and south of the border, St Mirren being amongst them.

While others won over their fans with the simplicity of this design, they are a particularly fickle bunch, them Buddies. It’s stripes or nothing.

Personally, I quite like this one, but then I wouldn’t have been watching or buying it. This plagiarised pattern was less loved in Paisley and short lived.


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64. Hamilton Accies 2015

HIT: When it comes to politics, or taking a stance, there are hundreds of examples where football – either as nations, clubs or players – have done their own thing and made a significant statement.

So it was during November 2015, when the world was rocked by the mass terrorist killings on the streets of Paris. Black armbands and silent tributes were wide spread across Europe, while La Marseillaise was played before English Premier League games. But no team made as a big an effort to commemorate the memory of those killed as Hamilton Academical.

With striker Christian Nade’s sister caught up in the attacks, Accies wore the French national away kit (they couldn’t get enough blue ones), featuring the Saltire and French tricolor. “We wanted to show sympathy and solidarity with the people of France.” They did.

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63. Hibs 1960s

HIT: Fans (and neutrals alike) can often zone in on particular years and strips, especially if they have been of the less-well designed variety.
Similarly, people know what makes a classic cut. And in the case of Hibs, that means one thing; green shirts, white sleeves.

The trim is almost immaterial. As long as those basic design principles were followed, it was a winner with the Hibs support.

Over the years, designers may have played around significantly with the tones and variations of green. Probably because, if rumour is to be believed, there are more than forty shades available.

But this vintage – from during the 60s – appears to be the one most fondly remembered. And you can see why. Incidentally, this Hibs kit was also a winner on TV, easily identifiable during this period, even on monochrome sets.


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62. Scottish Rugby (Away) 1999

MISS: The future’s bright, the future’s orange may have been one of the big adverts during the 90s. Maybe someone believed the hype around that slogan. However, putting Scotland’s rugby elite in orange was never considered to be one of the brightest ideas to come out of Murrayfield.

It wasn’t even a proper orange, more a detuned version. Supporters didn’t like it, and as for the players themselves, it wasn’t a uniform that they particularly liked either.

“If ever anyone asked me for a jersey, this was the one I gave away,” admitted a former player to me recently. 

Another, was more calculated in his dislike. “It attracted unnecessary attention, from referees – especially when you had maybe accidentally stood on someone.”

Seems a reasonable enough reason to mark this as a fail. 


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61. Rangers (Away) 2002 -2003

HIT: The future’s bright, the future’s orange II.Like the one above, this was a shocking switch from what we’d seen before. 

While there was some debate over that Rangers striped kit (No.86 in this series) from a few years before (was it red, was it orange?) there was absolutely no doubting this one; it was very bright orange.

It was of course, a tribute to the Dutch influence that had been around Ibrox for the previous four years, rather than any association with 300-odd years of history.

Everyone bought that reasoning; it had nothing to do with blatant commercialism or exploitation. No, not in the slightest.

Unsurprisingly, unlike the Scottish rugby strip, this one was a winner for the vast majority of Gers fans, making it a hit.

Even now, I can’t think why ...
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