Aberdeen Football Club was established in 1903. Since that time, the club has amassed seven Scottish Cups (fifth most, behind Celtic, Rangers, Queen’s Park and Hearts), six Scottish League Cups (third most, behind Rangers and Celtic) and have been crowned Scottish Champions on four occasions (behind Celtic and Rangers and tied with Hearts and Hibernian, though Aberdeen’s 17 finishes in the second spot set them above Hearts and Hibernian). Aberdeen also boast the European honours of the UEFA Super Cup (1983 – the only Scottish club to have achieved this honour) and the now-defunct UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1982/83 – an honour only shared with Rangers, who won in 1972).
Additionally, Aberdeen are the last club outwith the Old Firm to have been crowned champions of the Scottish top tier (in the 1984/85 season). On the final day of the 2017/18 season, Aberdeen clinched the second spot in the league table for the fourth consecutive season, demonstrating once again that they remain a formidable force within Scottish football.
As I was attempting to work through the clubs in each division alphabetically when I began my rebrand project in 2013, Aberdeen’s was the first club badge I ever redesigned. Below is my initial redesign of the Aberdeen badge, published on 20 May 2013:Aberdeen’s current crest (on the right above) has been used since 1986. I consider this to be a very strong badge, but I thought that there were a few minor things that I would wanted to change. I figured the football looked a bit dated and the ‘AFC’ in the middle was a wee bit redundant (unless used without the accompanying circle, which Aberdeen did from 1979 until 1986 and then again for the 2014/15 season). For this initial redesign, I changed the typeface and used a central ‘A’. The stars in the outer ring represent Aberdeen’s two European honours (which have featured above the current badge for most seasons since 2005).
Below is my updated design, the most obvious change being the incorporation of the fleur-de-lis as the counter of the ‘A’. Becasue Aberdeen FC was formed by the union of three Aberdeen-based clubs—the original Aberdeen FC (1881), Orion FC (1885) and Victoria United FC (1889)—I wanted to have some echo of the history and heritage of the city. I settled on the simplicity of the fleur-de-lis, which is featured as a royal tressure on the orle of the coat of arms of the City of Aberdeen. According to tradition, this honour was granted to the city by Robert the Bruce (1274-1329), King of Scots, indicating royal favour.
For Aberdeen’s home kit, I went with the club’s traditional red and white colours. So fond am I of the 2013/14 home and 2015/16 away Adidas kits, that I decided to opt for a large patch of white at the top of the shirt. There away kit is a more elaborate varation of this design, utilising a black, white and gold colour scheme, similar to that used in the 2015/16 away kit.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.