Kilmarnock Football Club was founded in 1869, making it one of the oldest clubs in the world (playing according to the rugby football code when it was formed, Killie is technically the 18th oldest club in the world and the second oldest [after Queen’s Park Football Club] Scottish club now playing according to the association football code). Kilmarnock’s original badge, from their 1873-1887 strip, featured a football with an emerging hand of blessing, a symbol borrowed from the Kilmarnock coat of arms (based upon the badge of Clan Boyd, whose seat is based in Kilmarnock) representing the sixth-century disciple of St Columba, St Marnon (Gaelic: Cill Mhearnáig, Cill Mo-Ernóc or from the Martyrology of Aberdeen, Ernáin of Midluachair), from whom the name Kilmarnock derives. From 1887 to 1977, the club didn’t make use of a badge. In 1977, a version of the current badge was incorporated into the kit. The badge makes use of more heraldic symbols from the Kilmarnock/Boyd coat of arms, including the two supporting red squirrels and the blue and white heraldic wreath. The top of the badge features the Latin motto, CONFIDEMUS (‘we trust’), derived from the Boyd motto, CONFIDO (‘I trust’).
In my rebrand I decided that the history of the symbolism club badge was very strong. Unfortunately, the current red squirrels hardly resemble squirrels and with them the block text, football and hand all seem a wee bit silly/cartoony. So I’ve incorporated all of these original features in a different illustrative style (and incorporated an older style football) and added a decorative 1869 as I think it is valuable to commemorate Killie’s long history.