Written by Nairn County FC May 8th 2024

We can today reveal our new club badge that will replace the existing badge.

Following our club survey in 2023, where we asked specific questions around the club badge, there was an appetite from fans to see a change of badge. The badge was designed by the highly talented and award-winning football brand designer, Chris Payne.

Old and New Nairn County Badge

THE CHANGES

1914 > 1909

One of the most significant changes of the badge has been the change of year from 1914 to 1909.

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.

The situation can be summed up as follows:-

NAIRN COUNTY F. C.: FOUNDED 1882 DISAPPEARED 1891

NAIRN THISTLE F. C.: FOUNDED 1893 DISAPPEARED 1901

NAIRN COUNTY F. C.: REFORMED 1901 (President: Wm Whitelaw) DISAPPEARED 1903

NAIRN THISTLE F. C.: REFORMED 1904 DISAPPEARED 1905

NAIRN THISTLE F. C.: REFORMED 1906 DISAPPEARED 1909 (President 1908: Wm Whitelaw)

NAIRN COUNTY F. C.: REFORMED 1909 (President: Wm Whitelaw)”

The Dolphin

Redesigned dolphin following fan desire in the survey to keep it.

NCFC > Nairn County

Nairn County now written in full. Previously just NCFC.

The Bandstand

Nothing says Nairn quite like The Bandstand. The introduction of The Bandstand is for a stronger connection to the town on the badge.

New Nairn County Badge

WHY A NEW BADGE?

Chairman Mark Kelman explains: “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.”

WHAT NOW?

Work will begin over the summer on updating the branding around Station Park to the new badge. We will be revealing our new home and away shirts in coming weeks with the new badge and new products will begin to appear in our club shop, in The Town Barbers soon. You can already get our new range of fanwear in our online shop now.

DOWNLOAD OUR NEW BADGE

We have created the following folder with various different file types of our new badge.

Download the new Nairn County badge here.

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