Clyde Football Club was established in 1877, playing their home matches on the banks of the River Clyde at Barrowfield Park, Glasgow.
During the first half of the twentieth century, this modest club, nicknamed ‘the Bully Wee’, had become a formidable side within Scottish football. They won the Scottish Cup on three occasions (1939, 1955 and 1958), and finished as runners-up on three other occasions (1910, 1912 and 1949).
By the late 1960s, many urban areas in Glasgow were being cleared for new developments. Large swathes of the population in these areas were forced to relocate to more remote regions of the city. A significant number of Clyde’s supporters resided in Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, the Gorbals, Oatlands and Rutherglen, all of which experienced significant population reduction during this period. Clyde’s support dwindled and the club has bounced around the lower divisons ever since their last spell in the top tier, which ended in 1975. To celebrate their centenary in 1977, a version of the current Clyde badge came into use.
As a result their historic financial difficulties, Clyde have moved about over the years. And although they are now based in Cumbernauld, some nine miles north of the River Clyde, as the crow flies, they retain their name original name.
At the end of the 2018/19 season, Clyde secured promotion from the bottom tier of the SPFL with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Annan Athletic.
My initial redesign was a rather gentle update of the 1977 badge. To commemorate their three Scottish Cup victories, I included three sails for each of the three masts on the ship. I have also added gradients so as to eliminate the chunky black outlines. Below is my redesign, published on 3 November 2014:
For my 2018 redesign, I made only minor changes to my initial redesign, but ones which I believe improve the completeness of the badge, including a change of typeface, the rearranging of the year of the club’s founding, and the addition of two outer rings.
The home kit was inspired in part by the 2012/13 home kit. For the away kit, I decided to go with an all-red number (used as the away colour scheme as recently as 2005/06), a reference to the left-wing political movement known as ‘Red Clydeside’, a major figure of which, James Maxton, served as an MP for the Bridgeton district for more than two decades.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.