10 Of The Worst Football Club Crest ‘Upgrades’ In Recent Memory

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To celebrate Leeds United's inexplicably awful decision to render their club crest a laughing stock, Pies thought we'd examine some of the other football clubs to do likewise over the years.

Let's crack on, shall we?


Last year, Juve ditched one of the most instantly recognisable crests in world football for modernised, corporate-friendly nothingness with which they hoped to "break into new global markets".

Look At These English Football Clubs And Badges From 1962: Collector’s Card Photos

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On day three of cleaning out my garage, I found a pleasant surprise in a 1962 collection of 25 cards entitled "Football Clubs and Badges" from a company named Lamberts Of Norwich. The cards were included in packets of tea ...

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Incredible news: Once-retired Hutchinson signs new deal

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This world is riddled with boring cliches pertaining to the human spirit. Phrases such as don't give up and never back down. Ridiculous drivel seemingly custom-made for the cinemas.

The path of Sam Hutchinson is ready for the big screen as well only thing is it's a true story.


Hutchinson, amazingly, signed a new one and a half year contract with Chelsea on Thursday.

Defender Sam Hutchinson, Aged 22, Comes Out Of Retirement And Re-Signs For Chelsea

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By Alan Duffy

After just four first team appearances for Chelsea, with three of those coming from the bench, Sam Hutchinson decided to retire from football in 2010 after suffering a serious knee injury. This was a tragic tale of a youngster, highy-rated by his former manager Jose Mourinho, who had to give up his dream.

John Terry - Chelsea Manager?

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Captain Fantastic John Terry has once again spoken of his desire to remain with the club after his contract expires. He has made no secret that he wants to move into coaching or management and said in an interview published in the Telegraph:
"I'd love to manage Chelsea, whether that comes two years after I finish playing, straight away or five years away, I'd love to manage Chelsea Football Club.

Kits & fashion

Modern Football Is Rubbish: New St. Mirren Shirt Allows Fans To Add ‘Cub Scout’ Badges For Having Season Tickets, Travelling To Away Games, Etc (Photo & Video)

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St Mirren have proudly announced a pioneering new scheme that will allow fans to add their own 'cub scout' style badges to their new home jersey.

The brainchild of shirt manufacturers Joma, Buddies fanswill be able to iron on little gold badges for things like being a season ticket holder, being a member of the supporters' group and 'knowing the club's history'.

Snapshot: Mo Farah’s Arsenal-Flavoured Running Spikes

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By Chris Wright

What you're looking at here at the brand new Arsenal-flavoured NikeiD 'Zoom Victory' spikes that spindly British long-distance runner and unabashed Gooner Mo Farah will be sporting at the London Grand Prix athletics meet at Crystal Palace this weekend y'know, because having shoes plastered with Arsenal badges can only be a good omen for winning things.


New British Magician Troy Turns Arsenal Badge into Tottenham Badge!

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There's a new kid on the block who wants to take over from the brilliant Magician Domino and he doesn't look half bad at his job either as he turns this Arsenal fans shirt into that of their fiercest rivals Tottenham.

Needless to say when the Arsenal fan was not best pleased and threw it into the street, but their was no fisty-cuffs just sheer amazement really.

Video: Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs takes his UEFA Pro Licence

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David Moyes will be hoping to get off to a flying start at Manchester United because Ryan Giggs is taking his coaching badges. The United legend has been talking about his plans for the future as he works towards his UEFA Pro Licence. Giggs recognises he has to start putting plans in place for [...]


Steven Gerrard touts himself as a future Liverpool manager

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Gerrard: "The dream come true would be to manage Liverpool." #LFC Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 5, 2013 Watch out, Brendan Rodgers: Steven Gerrard is after your job. The Liverpool captain revealed that he has set his sights on managing the club one day.

Simon Bird’s Premier League previews and predictions (Week 13)

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Simon Bird's Premier League previews and predictions (Week 13)

Chelsea v Wolves, Saturday, 15:00 Poor Andre Villas Boas. He must have thought this football management lark was a doddle. Write a few letters to Sir Bobby Robson as a kid. Take your coaching badges, become manager of Porto.

SUAREZ-EVRA: "I’m as angry now as I was at the time of my incident..."

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Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore is disappointed with the way Liverpool and Manchester United have handled the Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra situation, and questions whether either club really wants to get to the bottom of the issue.

Collymore argues Liverpool and United have too easily accepted their players' versions of events, and that there may be an ulterior motive behind this:

"With Evra and Suarez, the thing that is most disappointing of all is that Liverpool and Manchester United have just accepted their players' version of events without question or investigation.

Carra Can Be Top Boss

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Jamie Carragher has all the hallmarks required to be a future Liverpool manager, according to Tommy Smith.
The Reds vice-captain has made no secret of his desire to enter coaching once he hangs up his boots and has already begun a program to earn his UEFA B licence.
And while Carragher still has many more games to play before his playing career draws to close, Smith believes the 33-year-old has what it takes to be a success in the dugout.

Why our football needs its own version of NFL ‘Rooney rule’ to really eradicate racism

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Why our football needs its own version of NFL 'Rooney rule' to really eradicate racism

Paul Davis gets a reaction when he tells black players they should study for their coaching badges and try to become managers. "The guys laugh in my face," he says. It's not because they're rich or lazy or complacent or arrogant.

What are the odds JT succeeds AVB as Chelsea manager? Derek McGovern’s Bets of the Day

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What are the odds JT succeeds AVB as Chelsea manager? Derek McGovern's Bets of the Day

John Terry this week revealed his desire to go into management. The management he had in mind was Cheri Lunghi. JT is serious about becoming Chelsea boss even though his only ­experience of ­management to date was a 20-minute press conference at the last World Cup when he mistakenly believed he was in charge of England.

Fowler Dreaming Of Liverpool Return

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Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has admitted he's dreaming of a coaching return to Anfield in the future.
The former England international, who recently returned to the country as a forward coach with Milton Keynes Dons and Bury, is currently taking his UEFA badges in an effort to extend his career within the game.

English Premier League

Stop The Clocks: Spurs, Harry Redknapp, The Media & The Fans

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Candles may have been lit, and there may even have been hushed talk of a silent vigil outside of White Hart Lane. Meanwhile, on social media platforms such as Twitter men grown men - threw around comments which indicated that many of them had jumped straight to the second stage of the Kübler-Ross Model five stages of grief anger having scarcely had the opportunity to feel the transient and illusory feeling of denial.

Man Utd Post Teaser For Disgusting New ‘Gingham’ Kit On Facebook

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By Chris Wright

It's happening. Oh God! It's actually happening. The absolutely vile 'Gingham' kit which precisely everybody the world over thought was a hoax is actually happening...

Again, this has gone up on the club's OFFICIAL Facebook page.

Guest Post: Premier League December 2011 (and 2 Days of January) Review

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Happy New Year to all... A guest post today chronicling the last month in the Premier League by Griggers. Former high school and college soccer star in the United States, he's currently completing his coaching badges and managing on the ... Continue reading →

God Wants a Job, Financial Fair Play, and Other Monday Notes

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Some of us might be able to spend the day watching Raheem Sterling's wonder strike over and over again, but that doesn't mean there aren't other things out there to worry about from a Liverpool point of view. Besides, a quick break to catch up on the Monday news and notes could do you good...

* First off, God wants a job.

They Tease Us So: ‘Not Dismissing’ The Return Of Mad Jens

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The possibilities we see Mad Jens make his illustriously insane return to a proper pitch, bench or stand seems so remote it isn't worth teasingly titillating ourselves with the mere possibility.

But dream we must.

As a consultant/coach, Jens has been working with Arsenal's keepers this year.

few days

TFC 2012 TBA no more

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Twice to Montreal? That's handy.
Taking time from their busy schedule of designing dodgy new kits with blasphemous monochromatic badges, only being rumoured to actually sign players and wetting themselves over the possibility of David Beckham's extended stay with LA Galaxy, TFC today released the official 2012 schedule via Major League Soccer.

Is Sam Hutchinson making a comeback?

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One of my favorite homegrown Chelsea players in recent years was Sam Hutchinson, the young defender who, in his extremely brief senior Blues career, was responsible for providing the perfect assist for this memorable Lampard goal. He retired last year, but has been consistently making appearances for the reserve team this season, prompting me to wonder whether he's back en route in his football career.

star player

Competition: Heineken Star Player – Watch Live Football, Make Predictions, WIN! Champions League Tickets!

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By Chris Wright

Heineken Star Player is a real-time game that allows players to predict the outcome of various incidents during live Champions League games and by playing along with Pies next week, you could stand to win a really rather fantabulous prize.

Star Player ready to take over

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For all you football fans on Facebook, there is finally a game on the social media website that will not only give you a realistic feel, but also allow you to connect with friends doing the same.

Unruly Media are set to launch this exciting new game, called Star Player, and in the interactive video sponsored by Heineken below, you can watch AC Milan legend Clarence Seedorf plying his trade in a grandiose theater surrounded by angels.


Group K

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Two seasons ago Fulham had to wait until the knockout stages before facing any Champions League rejects, slaying the likes of Juventus and Wolfsburg before ultimately faltering to Atlético Madrid in the final.

This season, our group is chock-full of them.

FC Twente (NED)
Odense (DEN)
Wisła Kraków (POL)

Boy, lots of red, white, and blue in these badges.

(Finally) Back In Black

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Uh huh, you know what it is. The Trotters are back in black for the first time since the Anelka days. A photo of our away shirt leaked ages ago but this morning, we have got a photo of Gretar Steinsson wearing the full kit and in my opinion... It's fantastic.

As you can see, the kit is all black save for yellow badges, yellow Reebok logos, a white 188Bet sponsor logo, and some yellow accents.

The Rest

Guest Post: Euro 2012 QFinals Preview

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A guest post today previewing the upcoming Euro matches by Griggers. Former high school and college star in the United States, he's currently completing his coaching badges and managing on the high school and club level. Quarterfinal Preview At the ... Continue reading →

Have the FFA got something right?

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With the restructuring of Australia's coaching badges we've seen an emergence of talented young coaches taking A-League positions. Nick Cumpston and Nick Amies run the show this week as they close off the coaching merry-go-round, look at all the latest player movement and dissect the latest Socceroos squad.

Butt: I’m Learning To Coach At Carrington

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Nicky Butt has today revealed that he has started taking his coaching badges to fulfil his ambition of becoming a manager.

"I've started my badges now and am getting the hours in," Butt said. "I'll get assessed in the next five or six months. I go to Carrington a lot and just watch, I don't really take any of the sessions.

Why MLS Needs a New Logo and More Creative Shirt Designs

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I have been a soccer fan for many years. Since half of my family is English and lives in England, I have always been an England supporter and a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur (somewhat local team) and Reading (local team). A couple of years ago a friend suggested I should give MLS a chance.

Doing It For A Good Cause: 30/06/2011

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Due to a brief summer break, this week's quick round-up football charities is a little later than usual, but this evening we have another couple of causes related to the game which prove that, for all of the bad news that seems to be out there and it can seem, from time to time, to be perpetual there is still some good that can come from the heart of the game.

New job at FIFA - building, not trashing, the brand

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To work at FIFA as a Brand Manager your duties will include: Manage marketing or brand management related projects Manage the development and drive the marketing of key event-related brands for FIFA competitions (e.g. logos, mascots, posters, slogans, badges) Manage or assist with brand-related events such as launch campaigns, handover ceremonies etc.

Tears Of Joy For Chicharito’s Dad

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Javier Hernandez has revealed that when Manchester United chief scout Jim Lawlor approached him to sign for us, he assumed that he was being had on by a phony scout.

But when his father started crying, he realised that United really did want to sign him.

"The first time I spoke to Jim Lawlor, I didn't believe it that he was from United," Hernández said.

Friday Essay: Elephants

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Today, a return of Dotmund's usually-terrible Illustrated Friday Essay. Today, he's picked on a really controversial and topical subject: teams with elephants on their badges. Because, and I quote, "I like elephants". If you are viewing this from a mobile phone, you may want to click here, to get to the desktop version of the site to view this.