The creator of the Norwich City FC logo on the new patch

Posted:
9:00 a.m. on November 23, 2021



Update:
11:00 am 23 November 2021

“They’ll never make a better badge.”

This was the message of challenge from Norwich City badge designer Andrew Anderson who created the classic Canary Islands crest in 1972.

Mr. Anderson, who is an architect, came up with the winning design after participating in a competition in the Norwich Evening News and pocketed £ 10 for the effort.


The Canary Islands badge when it was unveiled in 1972
– Credit: Archant

And for nearly 50 years, his logo has been proudly displayed on the club’s jersey and floor.

But now it looks like the green and yellow design is about to reboot.

Since May there have been rumors that the Canaries are looking to improve their crest – but were waiting for good news before doing so.

With Dean Smith’s side winning over Southampton this weekend, it looks like the moment is approaching.

Rumors continued to circulate when Ben Gibson was pictured wearing Norwich City’s third kit last season with a modified crest.


Norwich City have unveiled their new third shirt.  Photo: Norwich City FC

Ben Gibson in Norwich City’s third kit last season, which featured a modified crest
– Credit: Norwich City FC

But Mr Anderson, who now lives in Yorkshire, is confident it will not surpass his job.

He said: “There’s no way they’ll design a better badge. If they do, I’ll give back the £ 10 I earned.”

The current logo shows a canary standing on top of a ball with a lion and a castle in the background.

Mr Anderson explained: “It’s simple, it’s easily recognizable. It can be enlarged on the side of a stadium or reduced to a badge.

“I had no idea the badge was undergoing an overhaul, but I know they won’t be able to surpass it.”

The Carrow Road-based club are said to have undertaken a wide consultation on the badge to modernize it.

But after a turbulent period in the Premier League, plans have been put on hold.

However, it is believed that a new badge should be presented from next season.


File photo dated 19-06-2020 of a general view of the Norwich club badge ahead of the Premier League

The Norwich City club crest in Carrow Road
– Credit: PA Wire

Mr Anderson said: “My family are avid Norwich City fans – my son goes to the games frequently.

“I’m glad they are playing better under their new manager after a few disappointing games, but it’s a shame they don’t wear my badge.”

Here’s what our designers thought the Canary Islands crest might look like:


Here are some inspirations for the new Canary Islands logo

Here are some inspirations for the new Canary Islands logo
– Credit: Archant


One of the Evening News designs for the new NCFC badge

One of the Evening News designs for the new NCFC badge
– Credit: Archant


The canary has always been a main feature of the NCFC crest

The canary has always been a main feature of the NCFC crest
– Credit: Archant


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