Established in 1893 by way of a merger between two Dundee football clubs, East End and Our Boys (both formed in 1877), throughout the club’s history, Dundee Football Club have experienced their fair share of ups and downs. The club won the Scottish Cup in 1910, as well as the Scottish League Cup in 1952, 1953 and 1974. In 1962, Dundee were crowned Scottish Champions, and the following season, they reached the semifinals of the European Cup.
But in 2003, Dundee FC’s future was put in jeopardy. As a result of accruing a £23m debt, the club was placed in administration. The club was able to continue operations after selling their stadium and remained in the second tier until 2012, when they gained unexpected promotion into what was then the Scottish Premier League as a result of the financial collapse of Rangers. Unfortunately, Dundee was knocked back down to the second tier after just one season.
Demonstrating their resilience, Dundee fought successfully to win the Scottish Championship (the second tier in Scottish football after the 2013 founding of the Scottish Professional Football League), beating out Hamilton Academical for the title and gaining promotion back to the top tier. Dundee’s fortunes took another knock at the end of the 2018/19 season, when they finished at the bottom of the Premiership table and were relegated back to the Championship.
Below is my initial redesign of the Dundee badge, published on 26 May 2014:In 1952, Dundee first began sporting a club badge on their tops, featuring ‘DFC’ laid out diagonally, enclosed in shield. In 1955, the club began using the current ‘DFC’ badge. In 1970, a new badge, replacing the shield with a circle and red detail, was used on the kit. 1973 saw the return of the ‘DFC’ monogram, though without a shield. This was used until 1987, when a new badge (a variation of the design that appeared after the Second World War on official blazers and publications) was adopted. In 2008, Dundee returned to their original 1955 badge.
I’ve always loved the 1955 badge, but I wanted to draw out more of the club’s history and locale in the redesign. Drawing inspiration from the laurel wreath featured in the badge used from 1987 to 2008, as well as the knotted dragons’ tails in the Dundee coat of arms, I embellished the current badge. I also redesigned the lettering to be more uniform and I added some implied depth by interweaving the letters.
This initial redesign is one of the few with which I was quite satisfied. A 2018 update only featured very slight changes. In June 2019, the club announced their new kit for the 2019/20 season, which is much like my redesign, incorporating the year and laurel wreath from the 1987 to 2008 badge surrounding the 1955 ‘DFC’ shield. I have decided to take the opportunity to retool my redesign once more, this time, seeking to comply with the ancient Scottish heraldic law forbidding lettering within a shield which is not approved by the Court of the Lord Lyon.
The home shirt makes use of the traditional Dundee FC colour scheme of dark blue, red and white in a striking geometric arrangement. The away kit is inspired by the 1971/72 home kit and various away kits over the years, most recently, the away kit used for the 2016/17 season.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.