With the need to fill up news sites and blogs every day we often have to fall back on ‘On This Day in….’ type stories, but one that seems to have passed everyone by is the 20th Anniversary of the Leicester City badge.
In the summer of 1992, following City’s defeat to Blackburn in the 1992 Play-Off Final at Wembley, Barrie Pierpoint’s vision for the future of the club began to take shape. Plans for a new stand to replace the old Main Stand were on the drawing board; the self-produced Fox Leisure brand replaced Bukta and kit suppliers; and a new club badge was commissioned.
It was decided that the current badge, introduced for the start of the 1983-84 season, was not a strong enough image. The directors agreed that there was a badge that they liked and would like to imitate….
And it was this one… you may not have wanted to know that, but it’s true.
The City badge was inspired by the Leeds United ‘halved onion’ badge (photo: Leeds United Match Worn)
Graphic Designer Chris Lymn, who now writes a column in The Fox every issue, was charged with the job and came up with the design that is so familiar with us today.
The background of the cinquefoil came from the Leicester Coat of Arms. Chris thought that the old fox’s head and crossed riding crops was a little too county biased for a club that was housed in, and got most of its support from the city.
The fox’s head on previous City badges dating right back to the 1949 FA Cup Final up until 1983 had always been viewed from side-on and Chris thought that a face-on fox would be stronger looking…
The ears and snout fitting in the gaps left in the cinquefoil made for a very pleasing arrangement.
The official third colour of a golden yellow was also introduced along with an imposing font that added to the strength of the design.
Although the design on City shirts has been tweaked here and there: appearing in a shield, in a broader circle, with 125th Anniversary additional detail, and with the additional of a white bit round the muzzle, Chris’s basic design has remained intact for twenty seasons during one of the most eventful periods of the club’s history.
It made it’s debut in a 2-1 win over Luton at Filbert Street in August 1992.
So, sorry we’re a bit late, but Happy Birthday…
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