The only thing more common than your match day flutter is the regular
occurrence of purchasing your football programme. Despite technology
making the sports betting
side of our football ritual easier, the buying of programmes has
survived throughout the ages, with many simply binning the recently
bought programme after the game. Many programmes for popular fixtures
can sell in auction, and can often be an extremely savvy investment.
Take for example the 1909 FA Cup Final Programme against Manchester
United and Bristol City. This recently sold at auction for over £23,000,
a significant return on investment, so why do people collect football
Over the years, those of us who
have ever attended a football match have probably have purchased a match
day programme. Some of us read them and then simply throw them away.
Others start to collect them, methodically and meticulously building up
a programme collection over the years. Why collect football programmes?
Leaving aside the 'magpie'
instinct of some people a collection of football programmes can be an
ideal way of keeping a permanent reminder of great games (and some not
so great!) of the past. Due to the progress Kilmarnock FC has made over
the last decade, the interest in Killie programmes is alive and well.
Douglas Stevenson (right) of D.&D. Programmes
takes us through the ages of the Killie programme
Despite being Scotland's oldest
surviving professional football club, there is little evidence of
Kilmarnock FC issuing programmes in the early years of its existence.
The first evidence of a programme issued by the club was for a match v
Rangers in 1899/1900, at the start of the club's first season in
Division 1. It would appear
that those issues did not last long. No official programme has ever been
seen for the 1920 Scottish Cup Final v Albion Rovers (or for that
matter, Killie's other Cup Finals of that era) Surprisingly, programmes
from Cup Finals not involving Kilmarnock from that era do exist.
By the time of the 1938
Scottish Cup Final v East Fife, programmes were the norm, and there was
even an issue for the 1938 replay (albeit only the original programme
with a sticker changing the date). Pre-war programmes do exist for
Kilmarnock away matches, principally from prolific issuers such as
Celtic, Hearts and Queen of the South.
By the start of season 1929/30, Kilmarnock started to issue for most
home games starting with the visit of Hamilton
Accies on 10th august 1929. The club also issued for reserve home games
in the Alliance League. These programmes continued to be issued until
season 1939/40, with the last known issue being the Regional League game
v St Mirren on 6th April 1940.
Although League football
resumed after World War II in season 1945/46, very few clubs issued
programmes. Kilmarnock FC started issuing programmes regularly again in
season 1947/48, (example right) with
the first being for a league cup tie v Ayr Utd on 30th August 1947.
These were produced by Kilmarnock Standard journalist, George Thomson,
and for their time, were quite superb issues. Great value at a price of
3d, (the same price lasted right up until 1969) these issues were
detailed to say the least; plenty of club information, history and
gossip. They were produced weekly which meant that most home reserve
games were also graced with this super issue. The programmes content
showed his obvious knowledge and love of the club, as did his articles
in the 'Standard' of the time.
By 1951, the club took over
control of the programme and sadly this meant a rapid decline in the
issues. Reserve issues were stopped, and the
programme was reduced to only 4 pages. On Killie's promotion back to
Division 'A' in 1954, these large, white issues reverted to 8 pages,
although content was still very weak.
At the start of season
1955/56, the club issued a completely different programme (left).
This smaller, blue issue (example left) was
to last for some 13 seasons. These programmes are very much sought after
amongst Killie collectors and covered the club's most successful period
on the field. Edited by football journalist, and Killie fan, Hugh Taylor
and written in his legendary 'flowery' style, they consisted of over 3
pages of well written editorial, followed by supporters notes, league
table, fixture lists and the famous half time scoreboard. The remainder
consisted of adverts. The club's policy of not issuing for midweek games
meant that many great games at Rugby Park saw no programmes issued.
Remarkably, two home European ties against Royal Antwerp and La Gantoise
The Killie programme
was much improved
at the start of season 1968/69, (left) and always featured a
match picture, from a prior recent home fixture,
The pictures were usually supplied by the Kilmarnock Standard (just
before Sandy Ferguson's time!).
However within a few seasons, a small
'pocket sized' issue (right) was being produced. A poor programme
with very little content, this was the norm until the start of season 1980/81.
For this season, the programme certainly improved, a much
larger sized glossy issue with some super historical articles written
once again by George Thomson.
Again, this did not last long, (only 2 seasons) and by the
mid 1980s the club's programmes were amongst the worst in the country
(right) and pretty well reflected the club's position at the time; in decline,
lacking ambition and debt ridden.
By the start of season
(left) the Killie
programme was a truly dreadful affair, advert laden and uninspired.
the arrival of a new management structure in mid season, a local
freelance, Frank Tocher was appointed to revamp the programme. He made
an instant difference, with sales
improving dramatically and indeed with many 'sell outs.' Many of these
issues are now proving very hard to obtain. Frank produced the programme
until the end of season 1990/91.
The programme was then taken to an even
higher level with Richard Cairns taking over as editor at the start of
1991/92 (right). Richard has consistently produced very polished issues over the
Killie are the only club in Scotland to have won the
'Scottish Programme Of The Year ' award in all 3 divisions of the
D.&D. Programmes is based at 49
Titchfield Street, Kilmarnock and whether you are a programme collector
or not, Douglas will be only too delighted if you drop in. The 2nd issue
of the 'Collectors Guide For Kilmarnock Programmes' is available from
the shop or from Richard Cairns. Priced at £3.50, it is a superb
reference for existing collectors or anyone wishing to start collecting.
This rest of this page is
dedicated to a complete review of the changing face of the Official
Kilmarnock FC Match Programme. It was priced at a mere 3d in the
1950's to becoming £2.50 in the new millennium. This means it is
times more expensive today than back then!
1947-54 Killie Programme (3d)
1955-68 Killie Programme (3d)
1968-70 Killie Programme (6d)
Apr 12th 1669 Centenary Match
1970-72 Killie Programme (5p)
1972-75 Killie Programme (5p)
1976-77 Killie Programme
1977-78 Killie Programme
1978-80 Killie Programme
1980-82 Programme (20p)
1982-83 Programme (30p)
1983-85 Programme (30p)
1985-87 Programme (35p)
1987-88 Programme (50p)
1988-89 Programme (60p)
1989-90 Programme (60p)
1990-91 Programme (80p)
1991-92 Programme (£1)
1992-93 Programme (£1)
1993-94 Programme (£1)
1994-95 Programme (£1)
Last match at the 'Old' Rugby
Park - May 7th 1994 (£2)
Aug 8th 'New' Rugby Park
Opens - 1995
1996-97 Programme (£1.50)
1997-98 Programme (£1.50)
1998-99 Programme (£1.50)
1999-00 Programme (£1.50)
2000-01 Programme (£1.50)
2001-02 Programme (£2)
2002-03 Programme (£2)
2003-04 Programme (£2)
2004-05 Programme (£2)
2005-06 Programme (£2)
2006-07 Programme (£2.50)
2007-08 Programme (£2.50)
2008-09 Programme (£2.50)
2009-10 Programme (£2.50)
2010-11 Programme (£2.50)
2011-12 Programme (£3.00)
2012-13 Programme (£3.00)
2013-14 Programme (£3.50)