their history, St.Mirren’s colours have been predominantly black and white, more often than not, in the form of vertically
for the first six years of their existence the team played in Scarlet and blue jerseys!
wasn't until the start of 1883-84 that the registered colours changed to black and white.
are several theories as to why these colours were chosen, all with some relevance to the club and Paisley.
1) The Cluniac
Monks who founded Paisley Abbey and who played a major role in the development of the town wore black and white robes.
2) Paisley used to play host to an annual charity match between Sweeps and
Bakers. (Black soot and White flour!)
3) The River Cart
which splits into the White Cart and Black Cart travels through Paisley and its surroundings.
colours have changed little since that time, but the design has gone through many different guises.
the 1880’s the stripes were horizontal for at least one season.
white strips or white tops and black shorts have appeared at several points in history, most notably in 1919 when they won
the Victory Cup and again in 1943 when the Summer Cup was won.
seasons where white has been worn include 1935-36, 1959-60 and 1962-63.
novel touch for ’62-63 was the white top, but with the retention of the stripes…..on the shorts!
has also been a feature of ‘away’ or 2nd strips with many seasons seeing all white kits.
the generally accepted colour for Saints 2nd choice strip is red and the majority of 2nd kits have contained
a large amount of red in some form.
there are several references to Saints wearing blue strips for matches, although no reference to whether they were 1st,
2nd or ‘borrowed’ strips.
blue strip was first recorded in 1926 for a match against Celtic.
recently a blue strip has been worn on ‘one-off’ occasions because of colour clashes. In 1985 during the away
leg of the UEFA Cup tie against Slavia Prague, Saints had to wear blue as Slavias’ red and white strip clashed with
both Saints home and away choices.
in the early 1990’s a blue strip was worn for a match at East End
Park against Dunfermline.
the 1980’s and 90’s there were several strips that broke with tradition.
1984 and 1987 the top was white with thin black pinstripes and a silvery shadow stripe, but this strip was very popular with
the public, possibly because it was the strip worn for the 1987 Scottish Cup win.
1994-95 instead of stripes, the home strip was made of black and white halves, which was not too popular with the fans and
normal stripes were resumed the following season.
pin stripe effect was reproduced in 1996-97 with the home top being white with black and grey pinstripe and the away top being
black and having white and grey pinstripe, both popular choices.
away strips during this period also showed some major changes!
saw two change strips, red tops and black shorts and white tops with black shorts.
saw a very contemporary design with red, black, white and grey being merged into random looking stripes.
once again saw two change strips with the 2nd choice being a yellow top with black sleeves and shorts and the third
choice being a red and black striped shirt with black shorts.
was to make a re-appearance in seasons 1997-98, 2002-03 and 2007-08, but it is the strip for 1998-99 that caused the most
shock to fans when it was revealed to be bright orange! A complete break away from tradition!