During the 1930s Charlton adopted a neat graphic crest that incorporated the clubs initials inside the graphic of a club – the graphic taking the place of the word club from the initials inside it. A sneaky design decision from that period.
After the Second World War a new design came into play featuring a robin on top of a ball within a quartered shield. Iterations of this design appeared for the next decade throughout club photography.
In 1983 the club launched a competition to design a new club crest. The winning entry – a hand holding a sword was said to be taken from the crest of Spencer Perceval, although this fact is said to have been a hoax story put out by the clubs fanzine.
With numerous iterations and tweaked versions of the winning entry appearing over the next decade the club chose to replace the design with a typographic solution of just C.A.F.C. This only lasted a short time however and was replaced with an updated version of the 83 crest which yet again has seen tweaks in stroke and size to how we see it today.