Most clubs used stitched crests on their shirts mainly for special occasions, such as cup finals, and they were often merely replicas of their town or city’s coat of arms. However, by the 1960s, clubs were exhibiting unique designs on their uniforms on a regular basis.
Some fans may be unaware of how badges have evolved over the years and how they differ significantly from their original form. On this note, he are some of the popular football clubs that have changed their badges
The present Liverpool crest, albeit a throwback to the past, pales in comparison to the one adopted in 1992 to commemorate the club’s centennial. The former version had the club’s renowned slogan, the Shankly Gates, the Hillsborough memorial flames, the club’s foundation date, and the whole wording of ‘Liverpool Football Club.’ There isn’t much of a competition with the new one.
Chelsea’s crest was originally meant to honor Royal Hospital Chelsea servicemen. From 1905 to the early 1950s, it showed a bearded pensioner in uniform on a blue circle. When Ted Drake became manager in 1952, he found the crest ’embarrassing’ and demanded a new one. The club took inspiration from the lion on the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea’s coat of arms, placing it in the midst of a blue circle with three red flowers, representing England, and two footballs beneath the club name. In the 1980s, when Ken Bates was chairman, he’modernized’ another crest because the club couldn’t copyright the lion. Instead, a lion perched on the club’s initials was created.
- Manchester United
Manchester United are seen by many football fans as a symbol of the sport’s growing commercialization. With their brand on everything from potato chips to tomato juice and an”Official office equipment partner,” Manchester United is a commercial powerhouse. Although the club’s crest symbolizes this commercialization, it’s an unfortunate choice. It used to say “football club,” but it was changed in 1998 to the current wording. The former crest was supposed to make a comeback in 2013, however that hasn’t happened yet.
When Juventus updated their logo in 2017, they became known as the “Old Lady” of Italian football. The Turin Bull was replaced by a simple monochrome emblem with a simple minimalist J in a half shield for the Italian club. Fans of the Serie A giants were not pleased with the makeover, but it has nonetheless become the new symbol of the Bianconerri.
With Woolwich being the club’s birthplace, the Gunners’ nickname has always been reflected in their badge. It was founded in south London in 1886 by employees at the Royal Arsenal, and transferred north to Highbury in 1913, when the badge was adopted from Woolwich’s coat of arms. Woolwich, which is also home to the Royal Artillery Regiment, has a strong military history. The crest originally featured three cannons, but these were merged into one in the 1920s.
- Manchester City
Manchester City’s rebranding was inspired by the club’s crest from 1972–1997, when it played in the second and third tiers of English football. Now City is a multibillion-pound club focused on dominating world football. That need a new look. The golden eagle, stars, motto, and “FC.” disappeared, while the ship and red rose from their older emblem returned. The design includes the club’s founding year, 1894.