Dundee United was a relatively formidable football club on the European scene in the mid-1980s. They’ve not had a great amount of success as of late (if we exclude the 2009-10 Scottish Cup), but they remain a force to be reckoned with in Scottish football. But what makes me so disappointed is that, even worse than the mediocrity of their current crest, their insignia has very little historical relevance:
I decided to stick with the jarring black and orange colour scheme because it’s been a ‘DUFC’ trademark since the late 60s. But black text on an orange field is very unpleasing to the eyes. I replaced the clunky, emboldened (and typical) Times New Roman typeface with one that seems more sporty, yet classic. I also added the year of their establishment, 1909. The lion rampant has been replaced by two dragons for historical reasons. Initially, Dundee United was known as Dundee Hibernian. Their original crest was inspired by the Dundee coat of arms, featuring two dragons supporting an entwined ‘D’ and ‘H’. This was done away with when the club was renamed Dundee United in 1923 and in 1956 the lion rampant was featured on match programmes.