Want to get a retro Scotland shirt? Read on…
Team: Scotland National Football Team
Colours: Dark Blue and White
Stadium: Hampden Park
Ok so of late Scotland might not have the best record in qualifying for major championships but for a while in the 70s and 80s they were mainstays in World Cups and European Championships and of course they were ‘unofficial world champions in 1967’. Check out the range of retro Scotland shirts here
Scotland is really a story of gallant failure in my lifetime, however at least in the 80s and early 90s they qualified regularly for tournaments, even if they never progressed past the group stages. The games I remembered were either embarrassing defeats (1-0 to Costa Rica in Italia 90) or gallant defeats (usually against Brazil ie 1990 or 1998). Steve Favourite player: Ally McCoist – scored lots of goals and bet he’d be fun on a night out Favourite kit: The 1982 home shirt. I really love these early 80s kits. Available from Vintage Football Shirts (see below for links)
Scotland is really a story of gallant failure in my lifetime, however at least in the 80s and early 90s they qualified regularly for tournaments, even if they never progressed past the group stages. The games I remembered were either embarrassing defeats (1-0 to Costa Rica in Italia 90) or gallant defeats (usually against Brazil ie 1990 or 1998). Steve
Favourite player: Ally McCoist – scored lots of goals and bet he’d be fun on a night out
Favourite kit: The 1982 home shirt. I really love these early 80s kits. Available from Vintage Football Shirts (see below for links)
Classic Football Shirts set themselves apart from many other companies by the fact that their shirts are all original shirts from the dates listed, not reproductions trying to replicate a classic shirt. All shirts come with condition details – ie whether they are in Mint Condition, As New, etc, etc. The prices are slightly higher but you are really getting a piece of history.
They have over 200 classic Scotland shirts and pieces of kit from 1976 to the present day. You can get the 1982 World Cup home shirt (above) with the FIFA World Cup Spain 82 embroidery below the national badge.
This rare home shirt was worn when Scotland went out on goal difference in the group stages after facing Brazil, USSR and New Zealand.
Or you can get the unusual 1988-91 away shirt with navy and white hoops that was worn at World Cup Italia 90 against Costa Rica, where Scotland suffered an embarrassing 1-0 defeat.
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Vintage Football Shirts also offer original shirts rather than reproductions with each shirt marked for its condition – from BNIB (brand new in bag) to Excellent (may have tiny defect, may not be noticeable).
There are over 20 Scotland shirts ranging from 1985 to the present day. They include the 1991-93 away shirt (above) with its unusual design that was worn by the likes of Pat Nevin, Stuart McCall and Ally McCoist as Scotland qualified top of their group for the 1992 European Championships.
Scotland finished one point ahead of both Switzerland and Romania on 11 points to qualify for a European Championship for the first time, where they finished third in a tough group behind Holland and Germany.
There is also the 1998-00 home shirt worn in the opening game of France 1998 against the former world champions Brazil which ended in a narrow 2-1 defeat.
This is the last tournament the Scots have qualified for and again they went out in the group stages, losing to Brazil and Morocco and drawing against Norway.
This was the eighth time they failed to advance beyond the group stages of the World Cup – a record.
A stunning goal by Archie Gemmill in the 1978 World Cup against Holland as featured in the film Trainspotting!
Amazon have a more limited selection of retro Scotland shirts, but it does include a 1950s home shirt (above), worn during a rather disastrous 1954 World Cup Finals campaign which saw Scotland send only 13 players to the tournament, despite FIFA allowing 22-man squads.
Scotland lost 1-0 to Austria in their first game – manager Andy Beattie resigned and they then lost 7-0 to Uruguay!
You can also get a classic 1986 World Cup home shirt as Scotland qualified for their fourth World Cup in tragic circumstances.
Almost immediately after a 1-1 draw against Wales in their last qualification match ensured Scotland progressed to a two legged play off against Australia manager Jock Stein died of a heart attack.
His assistant Alex Ferguson presided over the tournament itself which saw Scotland again eliminated at the group stages.
TOFFS (which stands for The Old Fashioned Football Shirt) specialise in handcrafted, vintage football shirts made to the highest quality in the North of England – with each shirt as close to the real thing as possible.
You can pick up some classsic retro Scotland shirts here including a fantastic 1900 home shirt (above) in distinctive primrose and pink hoops.
These were the colours of the racehorse owner Archibald Philip Primrose, the 5th Earl Rosebery. He was a patron of the game and Hon. President of the SFA and of Hearts FC. Scotland wore these colours on at least nine occasions between 1881 and 1951.
Or you can get a 1967 goalkeeper shirt – worn by Scottish debutant Ronnie Simpson when Scotland took on the then World Champions England in April 1967. Scotland won 3-2 and proclaimed themselves the ‘unofficial World Champions’.
Unfortunately for Simpson this was not the start of an illustrious international career as he made only four more international appearances.
So there you have it. If, like me, you are a lover of football and all things retro there are a huge selection of classic Scotland shirts you can pick up to revel in the nostalgia of days gone by!