Club Crest

The Birmingham City Football Club 'Globe' is probably one of the most recognisable club crests in English football.

However, it was only officially adopted and patented by the Club back in 1972.

Prior to that date there had been two previous crests in use.

The first one dates right back to 1905 when the club used to use the City of Birmingham's coat of arms as its own.

This came about following the club's name change from Small Heath to Birmingham, although this was not always worn on the shirts.

The next crest to be adopted by the club was in the 1970's when the intertwined letters 'BCFC' were used on shirts worn by the likes of Trevor Francis and Bob Latchford and displayed in the centre of the chest.

The current design first saw the light of day in 1972 following a competition in the Sports Argus newspaper to design a new badge for the club.

The winning entry came from Blues fan Michael Wood, a conversion engineer with the West Midlands Gas Board, who lived in Burntwood.

The design incorporated the line-drawn globe and ball, with a ribbon carrying the club name and date of foundation, in plain blue and white.

Details of the design were revealed in the club's official magazine dated 25/3/72 which said: "Here it is the new Birmingham City club badge which has been designed by Argus reader Michael Wood.

"The players will wear it on their jerseys next season and will also be worn on club blazers and ties.

"It was picked out from the huge entry in a special competition organised by the Argus."

Blues' Commercial Manager at the time Geoff Greaves commented: "We think it is modern and gets away from the normal type of design.

"It is forward looking and introduces the globe and the idea of European football which is what everyone at the `Blues` wants to see at St. Andrew's."

Although it was adopted in 1972 it was not worn on their jerseys until the 1976/77 season.

An experiment was made in the early 1990s with colouring in the globe and ball, but the Club soon reverted to the plain version.