Kilmarnock

Founded In
1869
Location
Kilmarnock, Scotland

Kilmarnock

About Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock Football Club was first established in 1869, making them the oldest professional football team in Scotland. The club first joined the Scottish Football Association in 1873 and played in the first ever Scottish Cup later in the same year. They made their first appearance in the top flight of the Scottish league system in 1899. Over the years, Kilmarnock have enjoyed some substantial success domestically.

The 1964-65 season brought about the team's greatest ever success, as they were crowned champions of Scottish football. The end of the season was one of the closest ever, with Hearts leading the league table ahead of the final game of the season; a match between those two teams. Kilmarnock required a 2-0 victory, or greater, in order to equal Hearts' points tally and win the league on the basis of having a better goals average. In the end, Kilmarnock did win the game 2-0 in order to claim the title.

In addition to their 1965 league title win, Kilmarnock have amassed three Scottish Cup victories in total. Their most recent win came in 1996, after defeating Falkirk in the final of the competition. The club also triumphed in the final of the 2011-12 Scottish League Cup, overcoming Celtic to win the cup for the first time. Kilmarnock were league runners up four times, all during the 1960s, and the team's best ever performance in a European competition came in the 1966-67 edition of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, where they reached the semi final stage.

Some of the more significant players to have played for the club throughout its history include Harry Cunningham, Andy Kerr, Paul Wright, Steven Naismith and Kris Boyd.

Kilmarnock have played their home matches at Rugby Park since 1899. The ground underwent significant renovations in the 1990s, including the construction of three new stands. It is currently able to hold a maximum of 18,128 supporters.   

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