The Kit Room 2000-2009

2000/01

Manufacturer – Xara

Shirt Sponsor – LDV Vans

Due to Saints promotion to the SPL, they would be wearing squad numbers and names on the back of their jersey for the first ever time, and Xara decided that white names and numbers on the black and white stripes would suffice, to the annoyance of commentators.

The front of the strip had four black stripes, with a white panel just below the shoulders which covered the upper chest area. The shorts and socks were black, with the away strip a traditional red with white sleeves. The goalkeeper wore a dark blue kit.

2001/02

Manufacturer – Xara

Shirt Sponsor – LDV Vans

Despite not requiring names on the back of the shirt following relegation, Xara decided to go for an all black rear of the home kit, which looked more or less identical to the previous season from a front view, but with a very subtle adjustment of the white panel stripe below the shoulder was now black and the collar a V-neck, allowing the club and Xara to sell it again as a new kit. They did however release a third all white kit as the red away kit stayed exactly the same. The goalkeeper kit changed to yellow.

2002/03

Manufacturer – Xara

Shirt Sponsor – LDV Vans

A complete change of home kit witnessed the return of white shorts and socks, to compliment a brighter shirt which was more white than black once again. For the first time since 1997, a blue away strip returned. The goalkeeper had the choice of red or blue.

2003/04

Manufacturer – Xara

Home Shirt Sponsor – Phoenix Kia

Away Shirt Sponsor – Phoenix Suzuki

With no full stripe on the front of the home kit it was a bold effort from Xara, however a large sponsors panel covering the centre of the shirt and around a third of the whole jersey was uneasy on the eye, and reminiscent of the 1987 bib, but wrapped round more like a bath towel. The home kit had white shorts and socks again.

The away kit went for an all black look with mustard/yellow trimmings, which also appeared in a home match with white shorts. A third all red kit was also released, and the keepers shirt was red too.

2004/05

Manufacturer – Xara

Home Shirt Sponsor – Phoenix Kia

Away Shirt Sponsor – Phoenix Suzuki

Perhaps mindful of the large sponsor panel the previous year, a few adjustments were made by Xara which included the rounding of the same sponsor into a bubble like logo, which although an improvement still didn’t look great. The white shoulders were replaced with black also, but the socks and shorts remained white. The away kit was the same template as the black one from the previous season, but this time red with black shoulders. The goalkeeper kit was a striped green one.

2005/06

Manufacturer – Xara

Main Shirt Sponsor – Braehead Shopping Centre

The home kit was a unique one, as a black stripe went from one arm right across the chest to the other arm on the shirt, and the vertical stripes met this ‘bar’ as opposed to the top of the shirt. The shorts and socks were white and the away kit red with black shorts and socks. The goalkeeper had a grey outfit. Braehead Shopping Centre took over as kit sponsor, and Xara continued the trend of fitting the logo into a bubble.

2006/07

Manufacturer – Xara

Main Shirt Sponsor – Braehead Shopping Centre

Xara returned to a more classic home striped shirt in this season back in the SPL, with a smart offering that included white shorts and socks, and a removal of the bubble style logo. The away kit was all black; however a white horizontal stripe similar to that in the home strip from the previous season ran across the shoulder and under the collar. A third all blue kit was also launched but never worn. The goalkeeper switched between red, green and blue.

2007/08

Manufacturer – Hummel

Main Shirt Sponsor – Braehead Shopping Centre

After seven seasons of Xara kits, Saints changed to Hummel, with an obvious advantage that merchandise would be available from Provan Sports in the town centre. The home shirt was white based with 4 black stripes, two of which were truncated at the sides. The shorts and socks were also white, but the entire strip was defined by the distinctive black Hummel chevrons.

The away kit was a return to sky blue shirts with navy shorts, and the keeper had a yellow strip. A third all red strip with distinctive white collar was also used by the squad at Rugby Park due to a clash between both kits and Kilmarnock’s home colours.

2008/09

Manufacturer – Hummel

Main Shirt Sponsor – Braehead Shopping Centre

Hummel went for a similar template as the year before but switched the black and white over, meaning the home kit was predominantly black, but with red trimmings. Black shorts replaced the white. The away kit switched back to all red with black and white trimmings, while the goalkeeper kit was silver.

2009/10 

Manufacturer – Hummel

Main Shirt Sponsor – Braehead Shopping Centre

Again a similar template was used for the home kit, but reverted back to predominately white like 2007/08, and instead of black trimmings and chevrons the manufacturer decided on gold which was popular at the time with many kit manufacturers. The away kit was all black with these same gold trimmings.

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