ReBrand: Partick Thistle FC

PTFC badge new-01Partick Thistle Football Club was established in 1876, playing in the then-independent burgh of Partick (which was incorporated into Glasgow in 1912). Throughout their history, Thistle have experienced a number of ups and downs, their highlights being a Scottish Cup victory in 1921 and a Scottish League Cup victory in 1972.

When I first published my redesign of the club’s badge on 21 May 2013, they had just secured promotion to the top tier for the first time in nearly a decade. Unfortunately for Thistle, they finished second-bottom in the 2017/18 season, and thus faced a playoff against the second place Championship side, Livingston. Thistle were relegated from the top tier after losing 1-3 to Livingston over two legs. May next season see the Jags rebuild and give a good fight for promotion.

Their current badge has been in use since 2008 (having replaced a rather divisive modernist crest used from 1990). I think the current badge is very strong, but I experimented with trying to tie a bit more history into it. Being that Partick Thistle has actually played in the district of Maryhill (as opposed to Partick) since 1909, I wanted to find a way to acknowledge their mixed history by blending elements of both the Partick and Maryhill coats of arms in order to form the crest centrepiece. That design proved too busy, so for my initial redesign, published in early November 2014, I simply changed the typeface and added a few rings to better frame the badge. Having never been sold on what was a very limited redesign, I published a new design on 18 November 2014. I decided to add a more stylised thistle atop a traditional shield, something like a throwback to 1970s style. I remain satisfied with this 2014 redesign, so for 2018 I simply adjusted the colour and incorporated the design into a couple of retro-styled kits:

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The colour scheme and basic design of these two kits mirror historical Thistle kits. The home kit borrows heavily from the 1972 to 1975 strip. The away kit utilises more vibrant colours and borrows heavily from the 1958 to 1961 home strip. For the away shirt, I incorporated my redesigned thistle alone, in white, as a white thistle badge was used by the club from 1935 and into the 1970s.

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As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.



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