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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Falkirk FC - Scarlet & White Stripes

On Saturday the 21st of January 1888, Falkirk FC did something that, for many, seems not only ridiculous, but impossible. In a friendly match [there was no League] against local minnows [sorry..] Laurieston at Zetland Pk, Laurieston, the team took the field in their new tops of 'Scarlet & white stripes': ridiculous I hear you say to yourself. The team had decided the change in December 1887 and plans were afoot to debut the new strips in the two match 'northern tour' against Coupar-Angus and Fair City Athletic in the New Year. Nothing was mentioned in the match reports of those two games, nor in the following two matches, v West Carron [Falkirk Charity Cup] and Hibernian [Friendly], it was only after the Laurieston match that it was noted 'Falkirk looked well in their new colours last Saturday, and appeared to be a much heavier team when dressed in shirts than when they had jerseys.'

Very little was mentioned of it [match reports were often so small that such peripheral issues as colours, attendances, teams & scorers were often omitted], but it certainly seemed to be unpopular with the fans. I have never seen a good reason why such a move was made, there were several other teams locally which wore similar colours, but Falkirk were much more prominant, so distinction cannot be the reason [especially as Stirling's King's Park wore Scarlet & White], perhaps it was as simple as them being cheaper, I doubt we will never know.

This 'experiment' was lasted just over a year, Falkirk last donning the strips in a Friendly against Bo'ness on Saturday 16th of March 1889, I was going to put a list of matches in which Falkirk may have possibly played in 'those' strips but it I thought I had too little evidence, instead I shall leave you with two things.

1) The quote from the Falkirk Herald of 1st June 1889: 'It was decided to change the club colours to all navy blue.'

2) The representationof the strip [look away] in the website Historical Kits.

Let's just hope such blasphemy never happens again! [I have erased the memory of 1996/97's apart from a Cup Final where Falkirk wore a mainly red away top]