The Scotland 150th Anniversary shirt is here – and it's absolutely stunning
The Scotland 150th Anniversary shirt is a minimal masterpiece paying tribute to international football's first navy jersey
Adidas have unveiled a Scotland 150th Anniversary shirt – and it's blowing away fans.
This year, Scotland's Football Association celebrates a century and a half since its foundation, with a special Anniversary Heritage friendly match against England set to be playeed at Hampden Park on Tuesday, September 12 of this year.
And to accompany the celebrations, the Scotland national football team have a very special anniversary shirt said to be inspired by the one worn for the very first international against the Three Lions. This may well be the nicest kit that they've ever had, too.
The Scotland 150th Anniversary shirt is a thing of beauty
"It reflects the nation's football heritage with a simple design," Adidas tells us. "Dominated by the traditional dark blue, it is finished with a round white collar and woven crest. The Lion Rampant is highlighted in gold against a tonal crest, so as to match the look of the first crest worn on early Scotland shirts."
There's even the inclusion of hooped cuffs on this one, reminiscent of Queen's Park shirts. That's deliberate, as all 11 players who took to the field for the very international played their club football for the Glaswegian amateur side.
Though we now live in an age in which men's and women's international sides have different shirts, this one will be worn by both. The men's team will don this beauty on Saturday to face Cyprus in a Euro 2024 qualifier, while the women's team will make their bow in the anniversary kit next month when they face Costa Rica at Hampden Park.
A special edition boxed 150th shirt will also be available, going on sale on Thursday, March 30.
This special edition jersey is available now at selected Scottish JD sports stores, www.jdsports.co.uk or via the JD app.
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.
By Mark White
By Mark White