It’s fair to say that not many other clubs take their nickname, and crest, as seriously as Crystal Palace. I mean, how many teams have an actual club mascot that swoops through the stadium at the start of every home game? That’s Kayla, by the way. An American bald eagle, and the hero of the Crystal Palace badge design.
Crystal Palace were a little late to the party when it came to introducing a club crest. Although their initials were embroidered on the team’s shirt from 1935, it actually wasn’t until 1955 that the first version of the badge appeared featuring the prominent Palace façade.
It was then in 1973 that the club underwent the all-important rebrand; Crystal Palace finally became the Eagles.
Inspired by Portuguese club Benfica, the badge adopted an eagle holding a ball, and this is how it remained until 1987 when the two badges were married to feature both an eagle and the Palace façade. Although the design was updated in 1996 and 2013, it has retained both these elements. And if it’s up to us, it’ll stay that way for some time.
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Written by Dave Farthing