The club's present club badge originated from a conceptual design from Mr. John Gammage, a former treasurer of the supporters club, who entered a competition with hundreds of others to design the crest in 1972. The club have retained all his original thoughts on the idea, as his words explain: "Buildings and animals dominate most heraldic designs so I immediately thought of the Suffolk Punch horse. I regarded the Suffolk Punch as a noble animal, well suited to dominate our design and represent the club”. To complete the badge, Gammage sought to include references to the historical town of Ipswich with the turrets of the Wolsey Gate featured, as are references to the sea on which the town sits.
Before this crest was introduced, the club used a badge featuring a gold lion and three gold ramparts from the mid-1960s until Gammage's redesign in 1972. Since the redesign the crest has seen one major change when, in 1995, the turrets of the Wolsey Gate were moved to the top of the crest after consultation with the fans.
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Written by Harry Almond