Nairn County Football Club was established in 1914 and gained admittance into the Highland Football League that same year. Due to the disruption caused by the First World War, the cllub would not play its first Highland League match until 1919.
Nairn County’s first significant honour came in the 1956/57 season, when the club won the first of their seven North of Scotland Cups. Their second North of Scotland Cup came in the 1962/63 season. The following year, Nairn County repeated this feat, with the addition of their first of two Highland League Cups. The club’s greatest honour came in the 1975/76 season, when they were crowned Highland League Champions after a hard-fought victory in extra time in a play-off against Fraserburgh.
More recently, Nairn County advanced to the third round of the 2012/13 Scottish Cup, having bested Preston Athletic and league side Clyde, before bringing Forfar Athletic to a replay, which the Wee County lost 2-3 at their home ground of Station Park. But the club wouldn’t end the season empty handed as they won their most recent North of Scotland Cup, beating Wick Academy 1-2 in extra time.
In designing a new badge for the club, I wanted to go for something bolder, opting for an ‘NC’ monogram topped by a silhouette of a more anatomically-correct dolphin than the one in current use.
The kit redesigns are based on the current colours used by the club, with their classic ‘maize yellow’ and black v in the home shirt and their blue and white scheme for the away kit. The upward-pointing chevron on the shirts echoes the Nairnshire coat of arms.