Kilmarnock Football Club was established in 1869, making it one of the oldest clubs in the world. At this time, Kilmarnock were an established cricket club, playing football according to rugby football code in the cricket off-season. This rugby football code history is reflected in the naming of the club’s ground: Rugby Park. Technically speaking, Killie is the 18th oldest club in the world and the second oldest Scottish club now playing according to association football code, after Queen’s Park. As Queen’s Park have always been an avowedly amateur club, Kilmarnock are the oldest active professional football club in Scotland. Their honours include a top tier championship in 1965 as well as three Scottish Cup victories (in 1920, 1929 and 1997) and one Scottish League Cup (in 2012).
The original Kilmarnock badge, from their 1873 to 1887 strip, featured a football with an emerging hand of blessing, a symbol borrowed from the Kilmarnock coat of arms (based upon the badge of Clan Boyd, whose seat is based in Kilmarnock) representing the sixth-century disciple of St Columba, St Marnon (Gaelic: Cill Mhearnáig or Cill Mo-Ernóc), from whom the name Kilmarnock derives. From 1887 to 1977, the club’s shirt did not feature a badge.
In 1977, a version of the current badge was incorporated into the kit. The badge makes use of additional heraldic symbols from the Kilmarnock/Boyd coat of arms, including the two supporting red squirrels and the blue and white heraldic wreath. The top of the badge features the Latin motto, CONFIDEMUS (‘we trust’), derived from the Boyd motto, CONFIDO (‘I trust’). Below is my initial Kilmarnock redesign that was published on 10 August 2013:I was never quite satisfied with the redesign above. I always appreciated the content of the current Kilmarnock badge, but found the execution to be lacking. My redesign was an attempt to update the established design. With my 2018 redesign, I decided to go far more minimalistic, while calling back to the 1873 to 1887 badge.
As far as the kits go, I display my 2013 design on the home shirt and my 2018 design in white on the away shirt below. The home strip utilises the established Kilmarnock vertical stripes, first featured on the 1896 home strip and used throughout most of Killie’s history. The away strip borrows its colour and buttoned collar from some of the club’s earliest home shirts.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.