I’m moving up the East Coast with this next redesign. Arbroath Football Club was founded in 1878 and as early as 1885 they employed a badge on their strip featuring a golden portcullis sewn into a large shield, derived from the Arbroath coat of arms, representing the entrance to the ruined Arbroath Abbey (famous, in part, for its association with the Declaration of Arbroath). That same year, Arbroath boasted a victory of 36-0 against the now-defunct Aberdonian side Bon Accord, the largest margin of victory in world football until 2002. From 1953-1957, then again in the 1959-1960 season and twice more from 1977-1980 and 1989-1990, Arbroath wore some variation of the letters ‘AFC’, sometimes in a shield. In 1980, a single colour variation of the current badge saw regular use. The current badge was updated with light blue and yellow in 1992. In recent years, the colours have been more in line with the 1980 version.
I’ve always been impressed with Arbroath’s 1992 badge. I would commend its timelessness if not for the late 1970s typeface and early 1990s colours. For my redesign I’ve stripped the shield away and retooled the portcullis so that it forms something similar to a traditional Iberian shape found in some historical depictions of the Arbroath coat of arms. I’ve also swapped the typeface for something more Romanesque.
And I think the colour would look great sewn directly into a maroon top!