The basis of Pompey's crest design, a star and crescent harks back to Richard I. It's said that Richard granted the city ‘A crescent of Gold on a shade of Azure, with a blazing star of eight points’ which he himself stole after capturing Cyprus.
Curiously the clubs first crest from 1913 featured only a 5 pointed star until an amended crest was released in 1950. This iteration evolved losing its gold for white in the late 1960s presumably as a cost saving move.
Enter 1980 and with the clubs promotion back to the Third Division came a radical new crest featuring an anchor and sword symbolising Pompey's ties to the Royal Navy. This crest proved unpopular – despite tweaks and variations and the club returned to their previous design in 1989 with the addition of the clubs title.
A spell in the early 1990s saw the club utilise the city's coat of arms but yet again the change proved unpopular and was replaced with another take on their classic in 1997. This stayed in place until 2008 which saw a return to Gold and Blue to celebrate the clubs 110th anniversary.
2014 saw a commemorative crest to mark the outbreak of the First World War, taking the star back to five points once more. Then in 2014 fans voted in favour of a fresh take on their 1912 classic crest, a welcome return for all.