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On a crest, a wave of abuse: Everton and the perils of football clubs changing their badges

Everton the latest club to incur the wrath of fans after changing their crest

Football fans can take new managers, players and kits. But when clubs start fiddling with their crests, things can get ugly, as Everton discovered this weekend.

The Merseyside club were forced into an apology after 22,000 of their fans had signed a petition against the exclusion of the wreaths and Latin motto (“nothing but the best is good enough”) on their new crest. Although it will remain for 2013/14, the club have promised to review the crest with fans to prevent further uproar. Nil satis, indeed.

Of course, Everton aren’t the first club to rebrand their crest…

Click HERE or click 'VIEW GALLERY' to see more badge changes that provoked derision down the years