Annan Athletic Football Club was established as a junior side in 1942. Following the dissolution of the Dumfries and District Junior League in the early 1950s, Annan Athletic joined the Carlisle and District League, and after spending some time in the South of Scotland and East of Scotland Football Leagues, they were successful in their application to the Scottish Football League (the predecessor to the Scottish Professional Football League) in 2008.
Annan first used a badge on their kits around 1978, and this original badge remains in use today. It features a torch being carried, within a shield, flanked by two thistles. Although Annan are known as the Black and Golds, the colours of the badge are based upon the colours of the coat of arms of the former royal burgh of Annan.
I first attempted a redesign of the Annan badge in 2014. After experimenting with significant changes, I decided simply to update their current badge. I published this initial redesign on 10 November 2014:In having a second go at Annan’s badge, I decided to break with a simple revamp of the current badge. Instead, I opted to go the route of a round badge, with a monogram at its centre. The monogram consists of two ‘A’s, tilted at a 45° angle so as to resemble the town of Annan’s coat of arms (which features a yellow shield with a red saltire, with five wavy barrulets in the chief which represent the River Annan). At a stretch, the monogram includes the full ‘AAFC’ initials (depicted below). I have also included two thistles in the outer ring.
The redesigned home kit is a check version of the traditional black and gold of Annan’s home kits (which have consisted of black and gold vertical stripes for most of Annan’s history). The away colour scheme is inspired by the handsome 2006/07 Annan training strip.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.