As of 3 May 2014, Dundee Football Club has made their way back to the top tier of Scottish football. Established in 1893 by way of a merger between the Dundee football clubs East End and Our Boys (both formed in 1877), throughout the club’s history they have experienced their fair share of ups and downs, most recently in 2003 when the club’s existence was put in doubt as a result of accruing a £23m debt and being placed in administration. They were able to continue after selling their stadium and remained in the second tier until 2012 when they gained unexpected promotion into the Scottish Premier League as a result of the financial collapse of Rangers FC. Unfortunately, Dundee was knocked back into the second tier after just one season in the SPL. Demonstrating their resilience, Dundee fought successfully to win the Scottish Championship (the second tier in Scottish football after the 2013 establishment of the Scottish Professional Football League), narrowly beating out Hamilton Academical FC for the title.
In celebration of their achievement, I’ve redesigned their club badge. In 1952, Dundee began sporting a club badge on their tops, featuring a shield enclosing the letters ‘DFC’, spread down diagonally. In 1955, the club began using the current ‘DFC’ badge. In 1968 the colours were inverted (white detail on a dark blue field). Two years later, a badge replacing the shield with a circle and with red detail was used on their kit. 1973 saw the return of the white letters (without the shield), and this was used until 1987, when a new badge, using a variation of the design that appeared after the Second World War on official blazers and publications as their new shirt badge. In 2008, Dundee returned to their original 1955 badge.
Drawing inspiration from the olive leaves featured in the 1987-2008 badge, as well as the knotted dragons’ tails featured in the Dundee City Seal, I’ve altered the current badge. I’ve also redesigned the lettering to be more uniform and added some depth.
I’ve always enjoyed the 1955 badge, but I wanted to draw out more of the club’s history and their location in the redesign. Best of luck to the Dees in the 2014-15 season!