The Spartans Football Club are a Scottish football club based in Edinburgh. They were formed in 1951 by ex-players of Edinburgh University and the original intention was to field a team of graduates of the university. However, they have players from elsewhere as well. They play at Ainslie Park and wear white shirts, red shorts and white socks. The senior team plays in the Lowland League, and are managed by Dougie Samuel.. They joined the new league in 2013 after playing in the East of Scotland Football League, where they became one of its most successful clubs from the 1970s onwards. They have been allowed to play in the qualifying rounds of the Scottish Cup since 1978 and have qualified for the cup proper on several occasions. Spartans entered their top amateur side into the SJFA East Region junior setup in 2009, however they withdrew in 2013. Spartans also have an Under 20 squad in the Lowlands U20s Development League, who are managed by Les Atkinson. As well as the Lowland League team, Spartans also have a Saturday amateur side, a Sunday amateur side and several women's teams, including The Spartans W.F.C, and, from the 2017 season, Hibernian Ladies who both play in the Scottish Women's Premier League. Spartans chairman Craig Graham was appointed MBE in 2017 for his service to the community of North Edinburgh.