·28 September 2022
·28 September 2022
The Premier League and Football League are some of the most adored sporting competitions in England and Wales, as well as across the world.
From the glitz, glamour and television money of the top-flight down to the mud, terraces and pies of League Two, the footballing pyramid at the peak of the men’s game across the UK is rightfully revered amongst supporters.
Besides, you only have to look at how many dedicated football fans will try and ‘complete the 92’ by visiting each and every stadium to see what an institution it’s become for the beautiful game.
Plus, it also provides a handy format in which things can be ranked – which is, of course, the internet’s favourite pastime – with everything from players, managers and fans from each of the 92 clubs pitted against one another.
However, one way in which we’ve seldom ever, if ever, seen Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two clubs contrasted is by their badges.
Yes, that’s right, the official emblem of the club which is almost always sewn onto the shirts of the players and scarves of the fans, serving as the ultimate distillation and signifier of a specific team.
Here at GIVEMESPORT, we conduct a yearly ranking on the Premier League’s club badges, but the fantastic team over at FourFourTwo has gone that one step further by comparing the logo of every ‘league’ team across England and Wales.
From modern and symmetrical designs straight out of Microsoft Paint to classic and quirky trademarks steeped in history, no stone was left unturned from Barrow down to Bournemouth.
Be sure to check out their full reasoning on why each badge placed where it did by checking out their article, but you can also see the full results – as well as our thoughts on some of the placements – by scrolling just below.
Now, say what you like about the Premier League compared to its oft-more-charming subsidiaries, but it certainly seems as though the top-flight has the best badges to go with the best players.
And clearly we have a similar taste when it comes to our club badges because we also placed Wolves and Forest in the very highest ‘simply beautiful’ tier of our 2022/23 Premier League ranking.
Nevertheless, we have absolutely no complaints with the submarine-clad logo of Barrow and the unmissably idiosyncratic crest of Barnsley also placing highly because they really are one-of-a-kind distillations of their club.
Elsewhere, we think the clean and slick design of Brentford’s badge has been a little hard done by and the – how shall we say? – interesting redesign of Lincoln City’s emblem has probably gotten off lightly in 84th.
We also would have shown a little more love to the recent Hartlepool and Bristol City redesigns, while pumping the brakes on the hype around the admiration for Tranmere and Swansea’s latest looks.
But like with many rankings in the world of football, the results are ultimately subjective, so there really are no right or wrong answers when it comes to the best club badges in the business.
So be sure to let us know which logos get you rushing for the tattoo parlour the most and which make you want to put duct tape over it on your replica jersey across our various social channels.
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