Berwick Rangers Football Club was formed in 1884 by a group of railway clerks from Newcastle, England who played a match against a team of millworkers from Dunbar, Scotland.
These ‘Wee Gers’ are an odd one as they are the only club in the Scottish Professional Football League that isn’t from Scotland (though, as of June 2018, the squad is made up entirely of Scottish players). Based in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England, just two-and-a-half miles (four kilometres) south of the Scottish border, Berwick Rangers have played in the Scottish Football League and subsequent Scottish Professional Football League since 1905.
Due to the club’s geographic significance, when first designing this badge in 2014, I found it difficult to pin down a single design that captured what their current badge offers – the heraldic symbol of the historic Scottish county of Berwickshire with a bear and a tree, the Scottish lion rampant and the English lion passant. Instead, I shared two simple designs. For the first design I set the bear upright against a football, within a minimalistic yellow shield including the club’s initials above and the year of the club’s founding below. The second design omitted any writing and simply featured a football upon which rested the flags of England and Scotland within shields. Below are these initial designs, which I published on 5 November 2014:
Ultimately, while I appreciated the minimalism of these initial redesigns, I found them lacking, especially as two separate ideas. For my 2018 redesign, I worked with these earlier redesigns in order to find a more coherent, completed badge. Below is the product of my latest attempt:
For the home kit redesign, I decided to go with thick black and gold vertical stripes, similar to those in the home kits from 2007 to 2009. The sash and colour scheme of the away kit was inspired by the 2013/13 third kit.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.