Kilmarnock Football Club is a Scottish football team based in the town of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. Founded in 1869, "Killie" are the oldest professional club in Scotland. Home matches are played at Rugby Park. They are currently members of the Scottish Premier League and are managed by Jim Jefferies.
The club have qualified for European competitions on nine occasions, their best performance coming in the 1966-67 Fairs Cup tournament when they progressed to the Semi-Finals, eventually being eliminated by Leeds United.
Killie finished the 2005/06 season in 5th position, after a tremendous season which at several points they seemed to be challenging for 3rd place. However, after selling top scorer Kris Boyd to Rangers in January 2006 (who was the catalyst for the Glasgow club's fine run in the second half of the season), Killie had to rely on goals from young attacking midfielder Steven Naismith, striker Colin Nish and winger Danny Invincibile. After taking only 1 point in the first four post-split games, Killie beat Hibernian 3-1 to leapfrog Aberdeen into 5th place.
Kilmarnock started the 2006/07 season brightly despite losing 4-1 away to Celtic on the opening day. Young striker Steven Naismith scored a contender for goal of the season against Hibernian in August before going to Arsenal for a trial. Rangers dropped their first points to Killie in four years after a last-minute Naismith penalty earned a famous draw for Kilmarnock. In September Jefferies suffered his worst defeat as Killie manager after a 5-0 loss at Motherwell. Killie are ensured of a top 6 finish for the 2nd season in a row, whilst a tremendous run in the League Cup has ensured a place in the final. Rolf Harris and Steve Lima have recorded a special version of 'Fine Day' with the Killie Choir to celebrate the club reaching the final, and the song is now available for download. Unfortunately for Killie fans, their team was comprehensively beaten 5-1 in the final by Hibs.
Meanwhile in the Scottish Cup, Kilmarnock went out at the first hurdle (3rd round) after a disappointing 3-1 loss to 2nd Division Greenock Morton.