Southampton Logo

Southampton Logo

The Southampton Football Club has had only two crests so far. At first, they used the coat of arms of their hometown, while the emblem introduced about half a century ago was designed specifically for the team.

Meaning and history Southampton Logo

history Southampton Logo

The club was founded in Southampton, Hampshire, England, in late 1885. Its original name was St. Mary’s Church, although it was typically referred to as St. Mary’s Y.M.A. (Young Men’s Association) in newspapers.

Earliest symbol

Southampton symbol

Originally, the players didn’t wear any badge on their shirts. Every time the team needed a logo, it used their town’s coat of arms. It featured a shield with the legendary Hampshire Roses and the lettering “SFC” below.

Emblem in 1973-present

Southampton Emblem

In 1973, the team held a logo design contest. The work of the winner was unveiled in advance of the 1974/75 playing season. Once again, the Southampton FC logo featured a shield shape and the Hampshire Rose, as well as the combination of red and white colors. And yet, now all these components looked different. The shape of the shield frame looked more like a square, the flower acquired a yellow center and a more modern look, while the color palette was enriched by several new colors.

The stylized waves represented the history of the city of Southampton. In the Middle Ages, it became a center of shipbuilding. Southampton was the port from which two legendary ships left for America – the Mayflower (in 1620) and RMS Titanic (in 1912).

The tree symbolized the New Forest. The halo reminded of the fact that the team was established by St. Mary’s Church, as well of its nickname, the Saints. The scarf with red and white stripes reminded of the club’s original emblem.

Colors

southampton fc logo

The red and white colors were present on the earliest Southampton logo, while blue, green, gold, black, and yellow were added in 1973.

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