When I first redesigned the East Fife Football Club badge, in early November 2014, the club was still in the bottom tier of the SPFL. In the 2015/16 season, East Fife were crowned champions of League Two and gained promotion to League One, where they remain today.
East Fife has a special place in the history of Scottish football. East Fife has appeared in three Scottish Cup Finals (1927, 1938, 1950), reigning victorious against Kilmarnock in the Final replay before a crowd of 92,716 at Hampden Park on 27 April 1938. Until Hibernian defeated Rangers in the 2015/16 Scottish Cup Final, East Fife was the only non-top tier club to have ever achieved the honour. It’s also worth noting that they have also won the Scottish League Cup three times (1948, 1950, 1954), a first among all Scottish clubs.
East Fife first began using a badge on their kit in 1950. This original badge consisted of a shield, divided into thirds. The top portion featured the club’s initials, while the middle portion featured a saltire and the bottom portion featured a thistle. This was used until 1970, when it was replaced by the club’s initials alone. Some variation of the initials remained until 1991, when a variation of the current badge was first introduced. Like the 1950 badge, the current badge features a Saltire, with the addition of a superimposed football.
For my initial redesign, I experimented with many variations on their current badge, but instead opted for a more minimalistic script (inspired in part by their ‘EFFC’ strip worn 1973 to 1976). In order to commemorate their Scottish Cup feat, I added a star to their badge. As no incarnation of the East Fife badge had ever featured a local reference, I also made use of a pickaxe for the bar of the ‘F’ in order to acknowledge the social history of the former Burgh of Buckhaven and Methil and the historical importance of coal mining in East Fife. Below is my initial redesign which was first published on 3 November 2014:
Although I remain quite pleased with my 2014 redesign, I decided to move away from the monogram, as well as the current shield, in favour of a more traditional, round badge. The omission of a Saltire within a shield also avoids a controntation with the Court of the Lord Lyon.
I decided to include the Saltire in my latest redesign as it is the only consistent feature of East Fife’s historical badges. The Saltire is enclosed in a circle, behind a gold fishing net, which is a reference to the prevalent fishing industry in East Fife. The historic burgh seals and coats of arms of every settlement on the coast in East Fife feature either the Firth of Forth, fishing boats, fishing nets or fish (or a combination of several of these), including the burgh seal of Buckhaven, Methel and Innerleven, the locale of East Fife FC. The fishing net also acts as a goal net, receiving a football. Lastly, I placed the Scottish Cup star from my previous design into the outer ring.
For East Fife’s home kit, I went with the club’s traditional black and gold stripes (first used in 1918) with black shorts. I also included black and gold hooped socks, last worn in 1939. For the away shirt, I used red with dark red herringbone stripes.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.