The Lion, the Bird and the Seahorse

Sick of season previews that go on about meaningless stuff like new signings, potential weaknesses and predicted positions? Below is a round up of the twenty 2011-12 Premier League teams in terms of something truly important: their crests.


Whether you call them crests, logos, badges or blazing shields of defiance and optimism, they make up a prominent part of the visual landscape of football. I have dissected every element of the badges and arranged them by type. I have previously posted a quiz on the bits that go together to make these crests, which would make sense to be looked at first.

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24 Responses to “The Lion, the Bird and the Seahorse”
  1. Anonymous says:

    great job mate cheers

  2. Anonymous says:

    Are Chelsea’s flowers not poppies?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Number of badges designed by the same person.
    2. MCFC & LFC

  4. totallytottingham says:

    thanks very much for very interesting info and graphix. hope you can update it each season. totallytottingham

  5. Benjamin Sandhaus says:

    This is really, really well done! Ur bit by bit aesthetic analysis show cases how much historical symbolism is in a logo. It makes North American sporting teams logos look like Starbucks or the Golden Arches.

    Are you planning on continuing this project to other European leagues?

    PS- Please prepare Bundesliga teams next if yes to the above.

    Nevertheless, great work!

  6. pillager says:

    Ecellent idea, well done. You missed off the translations of the Latin mottos – eg Nil Satis nisi optimum – Only the best is good enough for Everton.

  7. Anonymous says:

    So what do city’s 3 stars mean? (Arf!)

  8. This breakdown is fantastic. Looking closely, it really helped me appreciate why I love Wolves’ crest. Although I’m an LFC supporter, the Wolves crest really pops; it is both distinct and simple.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hillsbrough? The stadium is Hillsborough.

  10. This post is so brilliant. I am tongue-tied, though… I cannot find words to tell you how good this post is. It just is. Thanks very much, and I second those who clamor for an analysis of other top-flight leagues’ crests.

  11. Celery Tickle says:

    Would someone tell Manchester that it is not on the coast, and could you explain why Spurs has a chicken on a beach ball?

  12. Thanks for the encouraging comments. It’s great to hear that people have liked it. I’ll try to repeat for another league in the future. You can find a related post on footballs that appear in crests around the world here.

  13. Little Ender says:

    Excellent break-down.

    For a laugh, some personal categorisations:

    1. Quasi-Soviet brutalism:
    Wolves

    2. Corporatist Anonymities (aka, however much you paid for this rebranding was too much):
    Fulham, Bolton

    3. Zero Inspiration:
    Stoke

    4. For all the historical symbolism, can’t help but look a little amateurish/dated these days:
    West Brom, Norwich

    5. The one you’re reluctant to admit is impressive because it might appear to some as slightly Fascist, or at least Imperial Roman:
    Man City

    6. Best Man United badge:
    Man Utd

    7. Best faux-Man United badge:
    Chelsea

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