The first rendition of the badge showed the castle that the city of Swansea was built around. In addition to that was a rampant lion, an osprey, and a fish. Certainly one of the more complicated crest layouts. Then further down the line a dragon was added to the crest – a nod to the Welsh national emblem.
Simplicity was finally implemented In the 1980s when the club introduced a new design incorporating a duck-like swan on top of a castle. In 1998, taking inspiration from the newly designed local authority crest, the elegant swan was used as the sole focus of the design.
In 2002 new club owners moved in, and to the delight of the fans did what they were all hoping for. The club colours were changed back to the traditional black and white, and with it so was the swan. It took a while, but the eminent crest as we know it was born.
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Written by Dave Farthing