To coincide with the club’s 150th centenary a decision was made at Kilmarnock Football Club to adorn the interiors of Rugby Park with high quality commissioned murals dedicated to the rich club history.
Artisan Artworks based in Newmilns on the A71 road to Kilmarnock is a leading art studio for hand painted murals and promotional artwork.
Street art, as we know, has come a long way even in the last 25 years. While once artwork adorning walls had negative connotations of crime and misspent youth now it is often a expensively commissioned municipal feature which allows towns to stand out from the crowd and attract visitors.
In the football world sleek designed painted murals have transformed stadia walls into destinations that can be visited by fans. Memories captured in vivid image and club colours have turned disused non descript corners of football ground into colourful stand out places.
In 2019 a mural appeared on the end of the Frank Beattie Stand at Rugby Park.
It commemorates Kilmarnock’s great Scottish Championship win in 1964-65 when the club’s most successful team under Willie Waddell clinched the title on goal average. Heart of Midlothian were beaten 2-0 on the last day of the regulation season.
That team went onto play Real Madrid in the old European cup and even led both legs before losing on aggregate.
Another range of murals are displayed between the Moffat and East corner of Rugby Park.
With a club history dating back to some of the earliest days of organised football in Scotland (January 1869) the wall murals capture club successes in the 1920’s, the 1960’s as well as the Scottish Cup win of 1997.
The more recent success of the Scottish League Cup win of 2012 is also displayed in colour.
As well as the traditions of on field success the development of the club badge is explored along with images of the club founding fathers. The blue and white striped Killie shirt bares a crest which shows a distinctive hand, index and second fingers upright, thumb outstretched with other fingers enclosed over a palm – an adoption of the historic Clan Boyd heraldic crest.
Kilmarnock have recently celebrated a return to the top tier of Scottish Football following the clinching of the 2022 Scottish Championship.
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