Elgin City Football Club was established when two Elgin-based clubs, Rovers FC (1887) and Vale of Lossie FC (1888) united in 1893. For more than a century, Elgin City competed under non-league status, winning only northern Highland honours. It was not until 2000 that the club was admitted into the Scottish Football League (now the Scottish Professional Football League), alongside Peterhead FC.
Throughout the vast majority of the club’s history, Elgin City’s home shirt has consisted of black and white vertical stripes. It was not until 1990 that the kit featured a badge, which is still used today. This badge, a depiction of the coat of arms of the city and royal burgh of Elgin, features the patron saint of Elgin, St Giles, supported by two angels and bears the motto, SIC ITUR AD ASTRA (Latin for ‘Thus one goes to the stars’ or ‘Such is the way to immortality‘, from Virgil’s Aeneid, IX). The angels and motto refer to the legend that at his death, St Giles was brought by angels to heaven.
Despite the conceptual strength of the current badge, in my badge redesign, I desired to present something more relatable. Just as Brechin City FC makes use of the medieval designation of ‘city’—despite Brechin itself being considered a town at present—due to the presence of Brechin Cathedral, I decided to feature Elgin Cathedral in the Elgin City badge, highlighting the town’s historic cathedral and ‘city’ status. To depict this, I included an illustration of the iconic ruins of the eastern wall of the cathedral, contained within a shield similar to the one used in the current badge. I placed this shield within a ring, containing the club’s name and the Latin motto. The dominant red in the badge calls back to St Giles and breaks up the black and white of the traditional home kit.
The home shirt redesign was inspired primarily by the Elgin City shirt used from 1991 to 1993. The away shirt makes use of the colours of the 2014/15 Elgin City away kit.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.