Bulls Logo

Bulls logo
The Bulls trace their roots to 1938. It was then that the Northern Transvaal Rugby Union achieved the status of an independent club after separating from the Transvaal Rugby Football Union.

Meaning and history

Bulls logo history


The new team was called Northern Transvaal. For their first match, they wore uniforms of the Pretoria Combined team, which featured red and gold, the colors of Pretoria.
We should point out, though, that these uniforms didn’t stay with the club for long – the players got light blue jerseys with the now iconic Barberton Daisy, which was used as the club’s emblem until 1997.

Symbol before 1997

Bulls symbol
The overall style of the original Bulls logo may seem somewhat old-fashioned, which is hardly a surprise as the emblem was adopted over 80 years ago.
In the very center, you can see a delicate flower with long, thin red petals and a yellow center. The Barberton Daisy (also known as Gerbera jamesonii and the Transvaal daisy) was chosen as a plant indigenous to South Eastern Africa. The plant was first described as far back as in 1889. While exploring the Barberton area in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, the botanist Robert Jameson came across this plant and prepared its scientific description. By the way, the Barberton daisy is used as a symbol of the Province of Mpumalanga.
On the logo of Northern Transvaal, the flower on a dark green stem was placed inside a white shield. The shield, in its turn, was positioned inside a light blue square. Unlike the flowers we typically see on logotypes, the Barberton daisy looked pretty realistic. The artist made some of the petals slightly uneven or turned to the side. Due to this, the picture appeared more true-to-life than, for instance, on the coat of arms of the Province of Mpumalanga.
From the other hand, the design lacked the minimalism, dynamism, and tension required for a good sporting logo. So, in spite of the fact that the shield had a long history, the club eventually had to replace it with something that better fit the modern design trends.

Current emblem

Bulls emblem
Today, the logo features a bull’s head in white and blue. Unlike the previous emblem, the bull’s head is highly stylized.

Font

Bulls logo rugby
While the letters “U” and “L” have a more or less regular shape, the initial “B” and the final “S” are very unusual. For instance, to make them merge with the bull’s head, the author of the Bulls logo extended the ends making them parts of the horns.

Colors

Bulls
Light blue has been the team’s official color ever since it appeared on the jerseys and the emblem back in 1938.