Lord Rosebery’s racing colours

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Lord Rosebery’s racing colours

Post by Gabe » Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:11 pm

Can anyone help me to find some informations about Lord Rosebery’s racing colours.

I have found on internet :

1- Lord Rosebery, Archibald Philip Primrose, the former Prime Minister (1894-95), was an attendee, with his two sons, Albert Edward Harry Meyer and Neil James. In his honour, Scotland wore primrose yellow and pink, Rosebery´s racing colours.
(Match vs England on 7th April 1900).

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2- Scotland have not always played in the distinctive dark blue shirts we associate with the team. On at least nine occasions between 1881 and 1951 they played in the primrose and pink racing colours of racehorse owner Archibald Philip Primrose, Lord Rosebery.
The 5th Earl Rosebery was a patron of the game and Honorary President of the SFA and of Hearts F.C. His colours were first worn in 1881, and then in 1900, 1901, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908 and 1909. They were revived in 1949, and last used in 1951 against France.
Perhaps the most noteable occasion the Rosebery colours were worn was in 1900. Scotland defeated England 4-1. Lord Rosebery told the Scotland captain John Robertson, "I have never seen my colours so well sported since Ladas won the Derby."

Are these informations reliable and can you confirm them ? Have you other details ?

I would like to prepare for my archive the notes for the match of 7th April 1900, maybe “the most noteable occasion” as the 2nd information tells.

Waiting for your help,



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Re: Lord Rosebery’s racing colours

Post by Sat31March1928 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:52 am

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Re: Lord Rosebery’s racing colours

Post by juniorhistory » Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:17 pm

1951 v France confirmed re this photo link


Edit actually the plot thickens as this website claims it was last worn in 1949

http://www.truecoloursfootballkits.com/ ... E2%80%9349

And the QOS website has a photo to confirm it was worn in 1949

http://www.qosfc.com/images/Scotland%20 ... 0small.jpg

Also the next days Daily Express actaully quotes "Scotland, playing in the Rosebery colours of primrose and pink"

Also the excellent historical kits website gives more insight

http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/interna ... -1939.html

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Re: Lord Rosebery’s racing colours

Post by Snuff » Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:14 pm

Scotland wore the Rosebery colours when they played Finland, in Helsinki, on 25 May, 1954. This was the final game before the 1954 World Cup Finals, in Switzerland.

The wearing of the Rosebery colours is specifically referred to in the Glasgow Herald report on the game.

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