Peterhead Football Club was established in 1891. Like their rivals some 70 miles to the west, Elgin City, Peterhead spent more than a century as a non-league side until their admittance into the Scottish Football League (now the SPFL) in 2000.
In 2014, Peterhead received their only league honour to date, topping the League Two table and gaining promotion to League One. Their stay in League One lasted only three seasons, though they came close to returning to the third tier after finishing second in the 2017/18 season. This led to a playoff, in which the club was defeated by Stenhousemuir over two legs, despite the latter having finished the season 22 points behind Peterhead.
Peterhead adopted their nickname, ‘The Blue Toon’, from their town, which itself probably comes from the fact that the historical fishermen of the port town were known for wearing blue worsted stockings. Accordingly, blue has been Peterhead FC’s primary colour since their early days.
The club’s kit first featured a badge in 1947. This first badge consisted of the club’s ‘PFC’ initials within a shield and was used for one season before being revived during the early 1960s. Several variations of the club’s initials appeared on their kits at various points in the 1980s.
In 1989, Peterhead won the Highland League title, their first such honour since 1950. To celebrate the achievement, the club adopted a new badge, which consisted of a version of the Peterhead coat of arms. In 1993, the club became a limited company and adopted their current badge. This badge consists of a downward-pointing triangle with a wavy top, representing the sea. Within the triangle is an illustration of a football and a fish—the fish representing the town’s fishing industry—superimposed over a net. The badge also features an outer ring and the club’s nickname.
For my redesign, I wanted to create something more unified and balanced. I decided to omit the triangle so as to avoid any resemblance to the much older Dunfermline Athletic badge. I illustrated a new football, encircled by two haddock fishes for the centrepiece of the badge. I also included blue and white waves to represent the sea.
For Peterhead’s home shirt, I used a blue and white colour scheme, with the waves on the body of the kit echoing the waves in the badge. The home socks are all blue, calling back to the blue worsted stockings from which the ‘Blue Toon’ gets its nickname. The away shirt colour scheme of red, white and black is taken from many historical Peterhead away strips.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.