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Nairn County announce it has created a new club badge

By Will Clark

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The old and new club badge of Nairn County.
The old and new club badge of Nairn County.

NAIRN County says it has created a new club badge to highlight the changes it has made on and off the pitch in recent years.

The Highland League club officially unveiled its new emblem on Wednesday night which was created by designer Chris Payne.

The club said there was an appetite from supporters to see a change of the badge.

The new badge has kept the dolphin, but replaced the football with a bandstand due to its strong connection to the town.

The year on the badge has also changed from 1914 to 1909.

The club explained on its website: “1914 was the year we were accepted into the Highland League (although due to the First World War didn’t actually kick our first ball in the league until 1919). Football in Nairn and the initial origins of Nairn County as a club stretch back as far as the 1880s.

“1909 is the last recorded instance of Nairn County reforming as a football club. The following extract is taken from the book ‘The History of Nairn County FC’.

“A curious scenario seems to have arisen in the early years of the 20th century – Nairn County and Nairn Thistle appear to have swapped identities with monotonous regularity. No reports exist of the teams ever having been pitted against each other, indeed the records show that when one team was in the ascendency, the other disappeared from the scene.”

Chairman Mark Kelman said there was a strong desire at the club to create a new identity with its club badge.

“We have been making a lot of big changes on and off the pitch over the past couple of years. From discussions with fans we had heard some weren’t that keen on the club badge and would be open to a change.

“We had discussed internally and recognised a need for an updated identity. From there we needed to ensure that it was also what the majority of fans would be happy to see and what, if any their favourite parts of the previous badge and those before they liked.

“We used our annual fan survey to ask a series of questions about the badge. Designer, Chris Payne also helped with the creation of the questions.

“We would like to put on record an enormous thank you to Chris for his hard work and time he spent on creating this new badge.”

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