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?

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

Read more: Sport Times' 100 Most Memorable Scottish Kits: Numbers 100-91

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.

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)

90. Steve Hislop 1983-2002

HIT: Those who earn their living on two or four wheels are usually governed by teams and sponsors in terms of what they they wear. However, the one distinguishing feature all racers have is their helmet colours and design. And on that front, in the world of motorcycle racing, few were as easily identified as Scotland’s Steve Hislop.

His garish pink livery, with white flashes up the side, made him stand out from the crowd, whether he was short-track racing, or more famously, racing against the clock over the infamous Mountain Course on the Isle of Man. It was there, in 1992, that the Hawick rider won arguably his biggest contest when he beat future world champion Carl Fogarty. On his pristine white ABUS Norton, and decked out in white leathers, Hislop thrilled the vast crowds on the island, and a legend was born.Evening Times:

89. Scottish Cricket

HIT: There was no need for design houses and marketing departments; to put yourself in line for a jumper, you had to do one thing; get picked for Scotland. This much-cherished (and much sought-after) jersey was something of a classic, simply because it did what is said on the tin, or more accurately, the pattern.

The woollen double-cord was to keep you warm during Scottish summers (two or three were needed at times when the old B&H games came around in early May), the thistle to identify your nationality. They would of course turn up in unusual, non-cricket places, depending who owned them. Andy Goram even took one to pre-season training in Italy.Evening Times:

88. Rubstick 1979 Grand National

HIT: Prior to 1979, a Scottish horse had never won the Grand National. All that changed when the John Leadbetter trained Rubstick, a 10-year-old, ridden by Maurice Barnes, left Zongalero and third-placed Rough and Tumble on the run in. 

Those colours, pale blue with a green cross of Lorraine and a white cap, became famous that day, even loved by punters. 
Well, you would, if you’d placed your hard-earned pounds on the eventual winner, returned at 25/1.

Rubstick was owned by former Scotland and Lions player John Douglas, who with Leadbetter, made a triumphant return to Denholm in the Borders the next day.

I’d love to say I had backed the winner, but I didn’t.  I my money was on Gold Cup winner Alverton, which was killed. For Scotland however, it was 133rd time lucky.Evening Times:

87. Aberdeen 1964 (Away)

MISS: For those seeking it, there was some angst when Aberdeen unveiled a blue away kit for this season. How could they? Easy, they just took a lesson from history.

The Dons in blue is nothing new, as many of a certain vintage, including me, recall the likes of Joe Harper appearing in an all-blue kit in the early ’70s.

However, whenever this wee venture got moving this kit from 1964 popped up on the radar, although I’m not sure whether the commendation came from some teary-eyed Aberdonians, or, some fiendish followers of other clubs happy to start the new year with a bit of a wind up.

Regardless, this outfit is worthy of a mention if only because it is so unusual, especially with the trim that accompanies the blue.

Not one I’d expect to see making a comeback any time soon. Evening Times:


86. Rangers (Away) 1993-94

MISS: There are certain conventions that should be adhered to when it comes to designing football kits, one being that the stripes stay on the jerseys, and never go near the shorts. Trust me, there will be a more blatant disregard for this principle later in this series. 

But for 1993-1994 season, Rangers threw caution to the wind and hurled this little number at their support. If there was a general malaise amongst fans around this offering, it might also have been to do with the colours; were the stripes red or orange, blue or purple?

That ambiguity meant that while this number might have looked good on skipper Richard Gough and Mark Hateley for instance, it wasn’t really a big hit with the Ibrox loyal, who struggled with the shirts, let alone the shorts. Not a classic, and one categorised by many as ‘one the club got away with.

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85. Hamilton Accies 1988

MISS: Long before the Liverpool squad were measured up for their now-infamous white FA Cup final suits, others were making the effort to smarten themselves up, none more so than Hamilton Accies, who as part of their sponsorship deal with clothing manufacturers DAKS Simpson, were measured up and kitted out in club blazers.

The big handover included a picture shoot and even an appearance from Scots theatre and TV entertainer Johnny Beattie. 

Money has changed hands not to show some individuals. Sadly, Forfar boss Jim Weir just didn’t pay enough. However, those double-breasted jackets and grey ties haven’t been forgotten, as one one player, who will remain nameless (but played in goal) recalled.

“We looked as if we were coach drivers. Fashion-wise, it wasn’t something you’d wear going out - although I bet some still do!”Evening Times:

84. Edinburgh Rugby 2010

MISS: Rugby shirts, by their very nature, were once quite traditional, handed down from decade to decade, almost always crafted around set club colours.

All of that went out of the window however with the arrival of new ‘super clubs,’ generally an amalgamation of different teams, almost always with an eye on commercialisation. Edinburgh Rugby are such a model, and for the 1872 Cup games against Glasgow (a fixture itself was once only known as the inter city match) they once again rolled out a ‘special’ design for the 2010/11 fixtures.

To be fair, it was a slightly detuned version of what had been presented the previous year (and that will feature later in this series). Dazzling as it was, it did nothing to throw  rivals Glasgow, who retained the silverware.Evening Times:

83. St Mirren 2014-15

MISS: When your traditional colours are black and white stripes, there is only so much you can do when it comes down to being creative.

Are they black stripes on white, or vice-versa, and how thick should they be, so as not to become panels or a pinstripe? It is something that has troubled every club with this colour scheme over the years, none more so than St Mirren. Their 2014 offering was something of a Marmite moment; while some loved it (and still wear it) the fact it made this list is more because others panned the design.

Because of the tight black lines, and vivid yellow trim, it was described as ‘something like the old TV test card’ (one for the more mature readership) while others referred to the narrow bands as ‘more a barcode than stripes’. Let’s just say this particular strip divided opinion then and still does today.Evening Times:

82. Airdrie 1975 Scottish Cup final

HIT: Around 1912, someone came up with the bright idea of adding a red diamond to the Airdrie kit. It added a bit of sparkle to Scottish football, and, it continues today even after all the trials and tribulations the Lanarkshire club has faced in more recent times.

The Diamonds reached the Scottish Cup final in 1975 and did so again twenty years later - against Celtic, although by then, they were considered more industrial than sparkling, a real band of brothers under the direction of Alex MacDonald.

For me, I have two lasting memories of this Airdrie kit. One was a perishingly cold winter’s day, against Hamilton Accies in the early 70’s, a game played on a bed of sand and televised by Scotsport.

The other; trying to stencil numbers on Subbuteo men. An impossible task and a waste of money, several times over. Evening Times:

81. Colin Montgomerie Mid-1990s

MISS: “I had to do it, it was part of the deal.” An excuse we’ve heard many a time in the world of sport, especially when it comes to defending your actions to the fashion police. Sadly, more than one of these crimes (and there will be an even bigger one along in a few days) involved Scots golfer Colin Montgomerie.

While we’ve ignored his big-brimmed hat era (all golfers have some kind of headwear gimmick at some time or another) some of Monty’s shirt and slacks combinations weren’t that flattering. 

Still, I’m sure it bothered him not a jot as he went about picking up another endorsement cheque and the odd European Order of Merit along the way.

The irony is, that after so many wardrobe disasters during his career, Monty now has his own clothing range. No excuses now.Evening Times: