With one of the world’s most iconic teams comes one of the most iconic crests.
Manchester United’s eminent badge is originally derived from the Manchester Council’s coat of arms. However, in the present day, the only aspect that remains is the golden ship in full sail.
Arguably, the crest is now best known for the red devil that sits within. You could say it’s a devil that’s quite apt for a team that others just love to hate. Success breeds contempt and all that…
The idea for the badge was borrowed from a local rugby club based in Salford, who played in red, and held the name the Red Devils. Just one of Sir Matt Busby‘s many perfect decisions included declaring Manchester United to be known by the same moniker. A name designed to make others fear the team.
Soon after the club began to incorporate a new logo into match programmes and scarves. In 1970 the club crest was officially redesigned to feature the red devil stood proudly in the center with pitchfork in hand.
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Written by Dave Farthing