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Kilmarnock F.C., nicknamed 'Killie', is the oldest professional football club in Scotland. The foundations of the club date back to the earliest origins of organised football in Scotland, when in 1869 members of the local cricket club decided to look for a winter pursuit. They started out playing Rugby rules but soon switched to Association Football rules. The club's Rugby origins are reflected in the name of the club's home ground, Rugby Park. Kilmarnock competed in the first ever Scottish Cup in 1873-74, but did not join the Scottish Football League until 1895. The team has only won the Scottish League title on one occasion, in 1965 under the management of Willie Waddell. Kilmarnock needed a 2-0 away win over Hearts to take the title and fortunately managed to achieve exactly that. They had been runners-up in three of the previous four years before finally winning the title that day! 'Killie' won the Scottish Cup twice in the 1920s, but then had to wait until 1997 before achieving the team's only other cup victory to date. The club went through a period of decline in the 1980s, dropping to the Second Division. Since 1993 however, the team has been playing back in the top flight of Scottish Football.


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