Yesterday, Hamilton Academical Football Club gained promotion from the Scottish Championship to the Scottish Premiership to join Dundee FC in the top tier next season. Because of last year’s establishment of the Scottish Profession Football League and the restructuring of the Scottish league system, the Accies, who came in just behind Dundee FC in the Scottish Championship, had another opportunity for promotion by competing in several playoff rounds. They faced the Scottish Premiership Hibernian FC in the second leg of their playoff schedule, playing away at Easter Road with a 0-2 deficit for which they had to make up in order to gain promotion. The Accies performed brillaintly, leading 1-0 at half time and adding a second goal in the 90th minute. After extra time, the score remained 2-0, leaving an aggregate score of 2-2 over two matches, forcing a penalty shootout. In the end, the Hamiltonians reigned supreme, sending the Hibs down to the Scottish Championship and gaining promotion to the top tier for another shot at the Premiership since their consecutive promotion and relegation in 2008 and 2011, respectively.
The Accies’ current badge is strong, the same design used continuously since 1979. It features a shield with three white cinquefoils derived from the Clan Hamilton badge. Despite my appreciation for the current badge, I thought I’d tidy it up a bit with a new typeface, more balanced rings and a complete redesign of the central shield. The white negative space between the helm and the coronet and the white inside the coronet seemed unneccessary to me, so I closed it all off and placed the year of the club’s establishment where the white once was.
It’s great to see the Accies back up in the top tier and I hope it makes for a competitive Scottish Premiership in the 2014-15 season.