Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club. If the name is a mouthful, the current crest is an eyeful. It’s busy and disjointed, but for good reason. ICT is the result of a 1994 union between two historic Invernessian clubs – Inverness Thistle FC and Caledonian FC, both founded in 1885. Instead of going the easy route and calling themselves ‘Inverness United’, the folk in charge decided to import as much of their shared histories as they could, at least in the name and in the crest. So the current crest features a thistle (the symbol of Inverness Thistle), a golden eagle (the symbol of Caledonian FC) and a football, since a thistle and an asymmetrical golden eagle weren’t enough for the Highlanders. Mix that with a very poorly designed banner and you get the current crest, on the right:
I decided to incorporate the historical ICT symbols. The golden eagle’s wings (they’re very figurative wings) envelop the thistle. I made use of the club’s colours and added a date in Roman numerals to make 1994 seem a lot older than it actually is. Regarding the current crest, I do think that it has a lot of strong points. It’s unlike any other SPL crest because of it’s asymmetrical appendage up top. I think the eagle could stay and make this a successful crest, but at the very least the banner must go and the eagle and the thistle need to be illustrated in the same style.