This weekend sees the final Premier League action of the season. Rumours of players leaving the Etihad have been rife, but one thing we will definitely be seeing for the last time this Sunday is the current badge of Manchester City. Next season it will be replaced by a new badge, which was designed after consultation with the fans of the club.
Generally speaking it closely resembles the City badges of the past – the ship represents the Manchester Ship Canal, sailing above the red rose of Lancashire, with the three diagonal stripes in the lower half symbolising the city’s three rivers – the Irwell, the Irk and the Medlock. But there are also some subtle differences – gone is the Latin motto of Superbia in Proelio (‘Pride in Battle’), and the words ‘Manchester City’ are pronounced larger than ever, clear and concise where the soon-to-be-gone badge had ‘M.C.F.C’ and others also had the ‘F.C.’ included. It’s a small detail, but it reflects the global standing that Manchester City now has in the footballing world. I’d argue that they want to be as clear as possible, taking out any unnecessary clutter and putting forward the brand clearly. MCFC could be confusing to the uninitiated after all so it makes complete sense, and has been adopted in similar fashion by other clubs.
The new badge seems to be a nod to the history of the club, but also very much a representation of their present standing in football. Do you like the new badge, or do you think they are better off with the one they have had since 1997?