In 1882, the two Coatbridge-based football clubs, Albion FC and Rovers FC, merged to form Albion Rovers. Their greatest achievement came in 1920, when they defeated Rangers in order to advance to the Scottish Cup Final, losing narrowly to Kilmarnock 3-2 at Celtic Park.
Although greater success has eluded Albion Rovers ever since, they have demonstrated their ingenuity and ability to adapt to change by introducing a ‘pay what you can’ season ticket for the 2014/15 season.
In 1961, the Rovers’ first introduced a badge, featuring symbols of the two parent clubs, a rose superimposed over a pair of crossing cutlasses. A variation of this badge has continued ever since. Below is my initial redesign, which was published on 19 November 2014:
For this initial redesign, I simply updated the current badge and added the date of the Rovers’ founding. I also moved the rose to the bottom of the badge and replaced it with a traditional football.
In considering my 2018 update, I have determined that my previous redesign, while a slight improvement on the current badge, was lacking. For the new badge, I decided to make more drastic changes. Being that the club’s full name has never featured on a badge, I removed the letters from the shield and placed them within a ring. For the centre shield, I decided to divide the space into quadrants, with a slightly-modified football in the top position and with Albion’s rose and Rovers’ cutlasses in the left and right positions, respectively. In the bottom quadrant, I placed an anvil below a flame. These symbols, with the anvil bearing the letter ‘C’, represent the Rovers’ locale, namely, Coatbridge. The Coatbridge coat of arms features a tower topped with flames, which represent the iron and steel industries of Coatbridge. The Coatbridge burgh seal, introduced after the town gained burgh status in 1885, featured an assortment of industrial images, including an anvil. Below is my 2018 redesign:
I decided to go with the Rovers’ yellow-dominated home shirt (in use since 1961), with red sleeves and black details. For the away shirt, I decided on a black and red horizontal gradient.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.