Everton fans protest against new club badge design

Everton crests The new badge - on the right - is designed to be "easily recognisable, replicated and communicated"

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More than 14,000 Everton fans have signed an online petition criticising the football club's "embarrassing" newly-launched badge.

The club's motto - Nil Satis, Nisi Optimum - and a pair of wreaths have been removed from the badge.

An Everton spokesman said it was "more modern, cleaner and dynamic".

However, the petition states the "awful" crest would lead to losses "due to no-one wanting to buy any merchandise with that printed on it".

The Latin motto, which translates as "nothing but the best is good enough", was added to the club's crest in 1938, though it did not appear on a kit until 1978.

'Ridiculous' and 'clownish'

It was removed from the kit badges from 1982, but returned to the crest following a redesign in 1991.

Everton's crest

Prince Rupert's Tower
  • Everton's first club crest in 1920 saw the letters EFC in white entwined on a blue shield
  • In 1938, Prince Rupert's Tower, which stands on Everton Brow in Liverpool, and two wreaths replaced the lettering. The club's motto was added below the shield
  • The first shirt badges featuring the letters EFC were introduced in 1972, with the crest being used in various forms from 1978 onwards

The club spokesman said the new design combined "four historic elements of the previous badge - the tower, the shield, our name and the year of our formation - to form a concise, modern and dynamic representation of Everton".

Commercial director Dave Biggar said the club had met with "various fan entities" including "supporters' clubs, fans' forums [and] representatives of shareholders" during the design process.

He said the idea had been to create a "logo device which is easily recognisable, easily replicated and easily communicated".

Fans' forum chairman Tony Bott said he had been won over by the new design, although comments on the petition described it as "amateurish", "poorly designed", "ridiculous", "clownish" and "not fitting a club of Everton's rich history and stature".

Meghan Westerside, from Liverpool, said on the petition that the motto was "an important part of the club [and] taking it away is a disgrace", while Ellen Smith, from Formby, described the new design as "too plain".

Merchandise using the new design, which is the 10th version in the club's history, went on sale for the first time on Sunday.

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