The name Dalbeattie Star Football Club was used as early as 1900 for a team in the Kirkcudbrightshire town which played a number of local friendlies, but it was not until 1905 that Dalbeattie Star began to play competitive fixtures. In 1906, it was decided that the club would compete as a senior side and in August 1907, Dalbeattie Star were admitted into the SFA.
Sporadic local success came to the club until the cessation of football with the outbreak of the First World War. When competition resumed in 1919, the club’s committee decided to pursue professional football, though this proved to be a financial disaster. Even in the midst of financial hardship, the club experienced a number of local honours, winning the South of Scotland League title in 1924/25 and then for five consecutive seasons from 1920/30 to 1933/34. The following season, the club withdrew from competition for a year and struggled up until the Second World War. In 1948, Dalbeattie Star ceased all operations.
Nearly three decades later, in 1976, the club was resurrected and regained a place in the South of Scotland League. An assortment of local achievements and qualitifcations in the early rounds of the Scottish Cup would follow. In 2001, Dalbeattie Star became part of the East of Scotland League before rejoining the South of Scotland League for the 2009/10 season. In total, Dalbeattie Star topped the South of Scotland League eleven times before entering the newly-formed Lowland League for the 2013/14 season.
Presumably, the current club badge has been in use for some time. Although the quality of the badge is lacking, it depicts a double-headed eagle taken from the Dalbeattie coat of arms, which itself is taken from the coat of arms of the Maxwell Earls of Nithsdale. For my redesign, I decided to make use of the symbolism from the club’s current badge, but to add more striking colours and definition. I’ve also enclosed the whole badge within a roundel.
For the kits, I went with the club’s traditional colour scheme and design, namely, the vertical black and red stripes.