In the five or so years that we’ve been doing our Badge of the Week feature, one animal that has popped up a fair few times is the elephant. Whether it be the peckish Ivory Toast crest, the arty effort of Dumbarton F.C., or even the questionably designed but still indisputably elephant-heavy Calcio Catania… it just seems to be a go-to creature when it comes to designing the badges of football teams.
Another who has incorporated the elephant into their badge is the Indian team known as Kerala Blasters. This choice is very apt as the elephant is one of Kerala’s main symbols, holding a firm place in the state’s culture and festivities. In fact, some sources have stated that Kerala as a region has one of the highest elephant population densities in India.
Since its inception in 2014, the club colours of Kerala Blasters have been yellow and blue. Their shirt is predominantly yellow because, according to former co-owner and cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, yellow stands for determination and faith. Upon entry into the Indian Super League, the first manager and marquee player of the club was none other than former England goalkeeper David James! But if you thought that was the most intriguing thing about Kerala Blasters… you would be wrong.
In November 2020, an EP produced by Kerala Blasters in collaboration with Manorama Music was released as a tribute to the club’s fans. Yennum Yellow is the first ever musical album released by an Indian Super League club as a dedication to their fans – and was conceived as part of the club’s Yellow Heart initiative aimed at uniting communities across Kerala through football. It also intends to bring the stadium atmosphere to fans now supporting the team from the safety of their homes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If you don’t like a club who do something like this for their fans… do you even like football?