Burnley F.C. logo: What has changed on their coat of arms over time?
What are Burnley F.C. logos over time?
Burnley Football Club have witnessed numerous changes in their crests since the club’s inception. Let’s figure out Burnley’s logos in each period of time and the meanings of these badges.
The very first crest of The Clarets was the gift of Prince of Wales, Prince Albert Victor who visited the match between Burnley and Bolton Wanderers at Turf Moor in October 1886. To honor this special event, the club received a set of white jerseys with the Royal coat of arms. The Royal Arms was also used in different variants by other members of the Royal Family. Burnley, accordingly, appeared with this crest on their shirts’ arms until 1895.
The 1960s version of Burnley logo was a smaller shield in a larger shield. The larger one had a thick yellow framing, and inside was the light blue with a black ribbon in the bottom with a Latin inscription: Pretiumque Et Causa Laboris, which means “The prize and the cause of our labor”.
The yellow color was featured in the smaller palette and the bird in the top. There was a lion in the center of the badge with a claret line that looked like stairs above him.
From 1969 to 1975, the club used a very simple logo with only three letters “BFC” that stood for Burnley Football Club. The three letters were in bright blue and written in a cursive typeface. They were placed from the upper left corner to the bottom right.
Another simple design for the badge of Burnley in the next four years, from 1975 to 1979 was the rounded logo with a prominent burgundy color and a yellow outline. There were three abbreviated letters inside the circle with a simple font. The letter F was bigger and overlapped the other two letters.
A new design of the logo for Burnley F.C was released in 1979, featuring some similar key features from the initial coat of arms. There were two lions standing on two sides and holding two red roses in one hand, the other hand holding a purple shield in the center of the badge. Inside the shield, there was a bee in the middle with the founding year of the club “1882” above it.
The knight’s helmet was placed on the top of the shield with a yellow hand on it. The light purple-blue ribbon was in the bottom and featured the white inscription “Burnley Football Club”.
From 1983 to 1987, a redesign of Burnley’s crest looked similar to the one in the period of 1969-1975. There were only three letters B, F, C in claret color and cursive style were featured on the logo, and they were separated by three solid dots in the same color.
This period’s design of Burnley’s emblem was actually the same as 1979-1983 one, but with an additional feature of two golden stars on top. The tones of all colors were also a bit different, which was deeper and sharper.
A new crest was used within the 2009-10 season to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the club. So almost all features were kept the same as the 1979-1983 version, but the inscription in the ribbon was replaced as “Burnley FC 1882-2007” and the number 1882 inside the shield (above the bee) was substituted with 125. The color was gold and claret only.
In general, the 1960-69 emblem was used again, with a slight difference in the inscription inside the ribbon. It was simply the full name of the club “Burnley Football Club”.
Everything was kept the same in this current logo of Burnley except for the font of the letters and the blue color of the palette. The inscription was bolder and in general, the emblem looked more powerful and confident.
Some things about Burnley Football Club
Burnley Football Club is a professional football club based in Burnley, Lancashire, England. They were founded on 18 May 1882 and became professional the next year. The club was one of the founding members of the Football Association, which was held in 1888.
They have played at Turf Moor since 1883 and until now, this stadium is the second-longest continuously used in professional English football.
Burnley are one of the only five clubs that have won all four professional divisions of English football, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Preston North End, Sheffield United, and Portsmouth. For detailed achievements of Burnley, look below:
First Division (Tier 1)
- Winners: 1920–21, 1959–60
- Runners–up: 1919–20, 1961–62
Second Division/Championship (Tier 2)
- Winners: 1897–98, 1972–73, 2015–16
- Promoted: 1912–13, 1946–47, 2013–14
- Play–off winners: 2008–09
Third Division/Second Division (Tier 3)
- Winners: 1981–82
- Promoted: 1999–2000
- Play–off winners: 1993–94
Fourth Division (Tier 4)
- Winners: 1991–92
- Winners: 1913–14
- Runners–up: 1946–47, 1961–62
FA Charity Shield
- Winners: 1960 (shared), 1973
- Runners–up: 1921
- Runners–up: 1973–74
- Winners: 1978–79
Associate Members' Cup
- Runners–up: 1987–88
- Winners: (12) 1889–90, 1914–15, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1992–93