Manchester City logo

Manchester City logo

“ManCity” was founded in 1880 at St. Mark’s Church in one of the poorest districts of Manchester called West Gorton, where drunkenness, massacres, and robberies were the common things. From there the team moved to the neighboring region Ardwick, and the current name was given to the club only in 1894. Before that, it was called St. Marx, Gorton and Ardvik. For the last 122 years, the sign of “Manchester City” has not been changed.

Manchester City logo history

To say the truth, the authors of the first club logos of Manchester City did not care a lot. They just copied several elements from the city emblem of Manchester. For example, a heraldic shield with a ship inside was depicted the same way.  As a result, back in the 1990s, there was a court where the club was deprived of the right to exploit the city’s logo free of charge. So it was necessary to draw a new emblem. The present logo has been since 1997, although many fans wanted to return the “round” version.

Inspired by the urban sign, the developers of the logo also decided to decorate it with a beautiful inscription in Latin. The city description is Concilio et Labore. “The Citizens” one Superbia in Praelia is translated. In theory, such a loud motto should frighten the rivals of ManCity. But it is possible only if they understand Latin, and, as we know, there are only a few players who know the language.

Manchester City emblem

It would be logical to assume that the stars at the top personify the number of championship titles of “citizens”. But they have already been the champions of England for four times (twice – in the last five seasons), and there are only three stars. Everything is much simpler: the stars on the Manchester City logo are added in a decorative purpose and have no meaning. By the way, recently there was a need to correct the logo again, copyright was broken again, but the fans of the club, who have already made a tattoo of Manchester City logo on their body, rose in revolt having heard the news. The removing of tattoos costs at least 2 thousand pounds.

The golden eagle is one of the main symbols of Manchester. So what to do in this situation? It was decided to include the bird to the club talismans. And of course it has to be depicted on the emblem too.

Manchester City symbol

December 26, 2015, Mancunians introduced a new emblem of the club before the match with Sunderland. As promised, the Manchester City logo was designed in a round shape and executed in two colors: 94% of fans preferred the blue color, and 68% – the white one. Also, fans chose the elements of the picture: 85% appreciated a ship, the symbol of Manchester, 67% chose three rivers (Irwell, Irk and Medlock), and 60% picked out a red rose, the symbol of the county of Lancashire. The new logo appeared on T-shirts from next season. The logo has a round shape with a shield inside, where the golden ship and the red rose are depicted. All the lines are painted in the dark blue color and complemented by blue and white flowers. The year of the club foundation is painted blue, too. The new Manchester City logo has become simpler, so there are no more separate elements in the form of wings and head, stars or half-detached inscription “Superbia in Proelio”. The redesign was done to unify and simplify the use of the logo in print, mobile applications, and other sources where the club is mentioned. Thus, the emblem of the City has become easier for fans to memorize.

Manchester City colors

RGB(153, 197, 231)
HSL(206, 62%, 75%)
RGB(2, 42, 93)
HSL(214, 96%, 19%)
RGB(243, 187, 82)
HSL(39, 87%, 64%)