Alas, I have finally reached the end of my ‘rebranding’ of Scottish Premiership football clubs! And last, but not least, are the Steelmen of Lanarkshire, Motherwell Football Club. Prior to their current badge (which has been in use since 1982), between 1969 and 1982, Motherwell’s kit featured two versions of the club’s initials, ‘MFC’. The current badge features three fir trees (which represent Motherwell’s home stadium since 1895, Fir Park) above a football and the silhouette of the famous Ravenscraig Steelworks (which closed in 1992).
In keeping with Motherwell’s heritage, I’ve employed a similar colour scheme and a banner and shield that resemble the current badge. I’ve updated the fir trees with a wee bit more definition and replaced the steelmill with a cogwheel. The cogwheel represents both the mill and the motto found on the Motherwell coat of arms: INDUSTRIA. Also employed from the coat of arms is the water in the background, which represents both the ancient Lady’s Well (dedicated to the Virgin Mary)—from which Motherwell derives its name—as well as the first Motherwell FC kit, which featured blue and white stripes. Admittedly, the blue and white is a bit risky/busy, but I think it works as it provides a wee reprieve from the claret and amber of the full kit.
My favourite part of the badge is probably the wee crest featuring a Roman numberal X at the top. This is a memorial for Phil O’Donnell who died of cardiac arrest at age 35 on 29 December 2007 whilst playing with Motherwell against Dundee United at Fir Park. The club wore shirts bearing his embroidered signature for the rest of the season and the Main Stand at Fir Park is dedicated O’Donnell. But I think a badge featuring his number 10 would be quite nice.
Now that the Scottish Premiership is wrapped up I might expand to other leagues and divisions.