Away From The Numbers


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The football scarf and your replica Club top are two perennial fan accessories that I hope we will never see leave the football fan's Saturday afternoon ensemble. Wearing your team's colours with pride is something that you should never tire of.

Some fan accessories haven't lasted the test of time though and in most cases let's be thankful for that!

Rosettes are one of those. Looking back, did people really wear those to games? I'm of an age when rosettes had died out when I started going to watch the Fife but I have some in my collection of football memorabilia from through the years.

They lasted a long time and in the fashion disaster that was the 1970's they seemed to have a resurgence. Maybe this is a myth in my imagination though. A made up football fantasy world, as no one seems to admit to ever wearing them! Or maybe they will now after this!

It was a time when your unsuspecting young fan would be adorned with scarves tied around each wrist, an ill fitting tammy on their head and a shiny silk-like rosette pinned to their lapel.

A Subbuteo East Fife Rosette
Turning up at a game today wearing such an item would result in instant ridicule from those that know you and sympathy from those who don't, who would think that you were just a bit "special".

The oldies wore them with pride and many were produced for big occasions like Cup finals. I had one for Glenrothes Juniors 1975 Scottish Junior Cup Final appearance. Had it for years but then it mysteriously disappeared.

I always wondered if I'd had a secret visit from the style police but then they'd left the rest of my wardrobe intact so probably not!

Rosette pin badges were also popular (and still are) and even Subbuteo produced a range of rosettes to go with all the other junk that you bought from them but never used to play the game.

Will they ever make a return appearance? Well you can still buy them and I'm sure gran's will still make them. A search of eBay will reveal a whole host of wonderful items from yesteryear. Great for collecting, not for wearing. But as everything seems to follow cycles I'm sure we'll see some black and gold ones back again one day. Maybe we can start the new trend. Just watch where you stick them.