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HistoryDave
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Post by HistoryDave » Sun Nov 05, 2006 1:22 am

I'm currently researching Celtic's kits for the http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/ site and hope to get this posted within the next few days. I have a few questions which I hope someone can answer.

1. According to this source http://www_footystrips_com\celtic1.htm, Celtic wore white shirts with green trim between 1888 and 1904. I have seen unconfirmed sources that suggest the club wore green and white "stripes" (sic) for at least part of this period. Any ideas?

2. Why did Celtic wear their numbers on their shorts rather than their shirts in the 1950s and 1960s? I know there was a reason because I read it on a bubble gum card when I was 11 but it has someohow slipped my mind. And when did the SFL instruct the club to wear numbers on their shirts?

3. For that matter, when were shirt numbers adopted in the SFL?

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Post by Scottish » Sun Nov 05, 2006 4:08 pm

1. See the third question on this page http://www.scottishleague.net/archive/archive158.htm

2. It was a personal idiosyncrasy of then chairman Bob Kelly. Not sure about the SFL but the first time Celtic wore numbers on their back was in a Cup-Winners Cup tie v Boavista on Nov 5th 1975 - thirty-one years ago to the day. This was in order with a UEFA directive. As they never wore numbers of any kind until 1960, that was a fifteen-year period when they wore numbers exclusively on their shorts.

3. Post-war. It was a gradual process and by around 1950 most teams wore numbers. Scotland first played in numbered shirts in a wartime international at Wembley in 1944.

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Post by Gunboat Briggs » Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:42 pm

Not totally sure but I don't think Celtic ever wore numbered shirts in an SFL fixture, this was something that didn't become mandatory until the start of the SPL as part of its "exciting" innovations along with squad numbers and names on shirts.

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Post by HistoryDave » Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:17 am

Thanks very much - this is really helpful. The celtic gallery has now been posted on my site.
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Post by LEATHERSTOCKING » Mon Nov 06, 2006 1:20 pm

Queen`s Park started wearing numbered shirts in 1948.

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