Scotland will today unveil a bold new away kit in white, pink and yellow which pays tribute to the old Lord Rosebery colours.
The national side will wear the strip in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign which gets underway in September with an away match against Germany.
The kit, made by adidas, features similar colours but is very different in design to the Rosebery jerseys worn by Scotland sides at sporadic intervals in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Archibald Primrose, the fifth Earl of Rosebery, was a Liberal peer who was prime minister between 1894 and 1895. A sports devotee, Lord Rosebery’s main interests were horse racing, football and rugby.
He was an early patron of the Scottish Football Association and later became honorary president. He was also the first president of London
His horses won the Derby three times and, in 1881, Scotland deviated from dark blue to turn out in Rosebery’s racing colours of primrose yellow and rose pink.
After reverting to the dark blue, they returned to the Rosebery colours in 1900 with stunning results. After Wales and Ireland were swatted aside, England were thumped 4-1 at Celtic Park to secured the British championship for the Scots. The win over the English featured Scottish luminaries such as Hearts’ supremely gifted inside forward Bobby Walker. But it was the home team’s only amateur player, RS McColl of Queen’s Park, who stole the show, scoring a hat-trick at Parkhead.
Rosebery was thrilled with the result and was moved to tell the players: “I have not seen my colours more worthily worn since Lada won the Derby in 1894.”
The yellow and pink jerseys reappeared from 1905-09 before being retired until after the Second World War. The colours made their final appearance in 1951 when Scotland beat France 1-0 at Hampden.