It’s Owlerton, a district of Sheffield, that didn’t just give the club its famous nickname, but also the inspiration for the design of Wednesday’s crest.
The very first version of the badge shows an owl perched on a branch, accompanied by the Yorkshire rose and the sheaves of the council’s coat of arms. Sheaves/ Sheffield – one of those classic heraldic puns.
Ok, not quite a classic.
Either way, this became the basis for the crest we know today. In 1970 the club adopted a plain owl design on its badge, and by 1995 a more familiar owl perched on a branch underneath a rose, flanked by S.W.F.C. was in place.
The current Wednesday crest still dons the beloved owl, but meets a more sophisticated design. Set on a blue and white shield, perched on the clubs initials, the owl looks on at us a little suspiciously. This bold, original design makes the club’s crest instantly recognisable – this is obviously Sheffield Wednesday.
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Written by Dave Farthing