Forfar Athletic Football Club was established when the now-defunct Angus Athletic Football Club second team of the broke away in 1885. This young team, dubbed ‘The Loons’—East Angus Scots for ‘young men’—proved their meddle early on, defeating the established Dundonian club, Our Boys, 1-0 in their first match on 16 May 1885.
The Loons first wore a badge on their kits in 1980. This first badge was round and featured the four heraldic symbols of the former royal burgh of Forfar: a Scots fir tree, a bull’s head, a stag’s head and a depiction of the former Castle of Forfar with three towers. Some variation of this badge has been used ever since, with the current badge, in use since 2007, placing the heraldic symbols within a shield.
For my redesign, I considered working with the current badge, but decided that, chronologically, as these symbols are so far removed from the people of Forfar (the castle being destroyed in 1313), I would go another route. This began with a sketch of a highly-stylised, round monogram. Eventually, I placed the monogram within a ring. The ring contains two jute plants, a reference to the significance of the jute industry to the strength and growth of the town in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The textile theme is recalled once again by the knot that borders the badge.
For the home strip, I went with the Loons’ classic light blue colour scheme. This particular rendering is inspired by the kits used between 1983 and 1986. The away strip is inspired by an odd move for the club. Between 1955 and 1967, Forfar Athletic departed from their traditional blues in favour of a green home strip. My design draws mostly from the kit used from August to December 1967, but with vertical stripes composed of a diamond pattern.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.