Distinct change has characterised Bradford City’s crest design since the club’s invitation into the Football League in 1903, possibly a result of the club’s fluctuating identity. The Bantams is of course their most famous nickname, which came about in 1909 due to similarities between the bird’s plumage and Bradford City’s unique amber and claret colours. Yet they have also been known as The Paraders and The Citizens. The city of Bradford’s official coat of arms formed the basis for the club’s crest through several designs from their entry into the Football League up until 1966.
That year brought about a switch to a crest themed around the club’s initials, a claret B and C very prominent in the design along with a boar’s head resting on top of the amber shield. In 1974, a new club crest was unveiled that brought an air of the contemporary to the BC logo, remaining in place until the club officially relaunched as The Bantams with a bird-themed crest to match in late 1981. Three different Bantams-themed crests were used on City shirts before the club reintroduced the Boar's Head and Shield design in 1985. A subsequent switch back to the Bantam theme in 1991 has remained the club’s crest into the modern-day era, though the bird itself is more reminiscent of a hen.
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Written by Tony Poland