Badge change

Formartine United's new club badge.
Formartine United's new club badge.
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FORMARTINE United are counting the cost after a legal ruling forced them to change the club badge.

United’s iconic image of more than haklf a century was deemed illegal under heraldic law following a complaint by a member of the public.

Now, after an appeal to the Court of the Lord Lyon, the heraldic authority for Scotland, the Highland League side will be allowed to keep the shield, French writing and ribbons - but the saltire has been removed and the red and white stripes have been broadened.

The club will now undertake a rebranding exercise costing them thousands of pounds.

Club secretary Martin Johnston said it was disappointing that the club had lost such an important part of its history.

He added: ““We would have preferred to have kept the old badge.

“We have lost the saltire which we are most disappointed about, because we are staunchly proud of being a Scottish club.”

The rebranding will include club stationery, ties, strips and warm-up kits.

Mr Johnston said: “This has been a costly exercise for sure.”

Club chairman Atholl Cadger said: “The iconic Formartine United Club Badge has stood us well for over 50 years and was widely recognised throughout Scotland and beyond. “It has taken us almost two years to get approval for a replacement and we wish to offer our thanks to the staff at the Court of the Lord Lyon and to His Lordship for accommodating the design of our new ‘Club Badge’.”

The club are aiming to have the changes made by the start of next season.

The wrangle started when a letter was sent by Aberdeen’s procurator fiscal in October, 2010, ordering the Pitmedden club to remove the image from their website and all other material, including their strips.

Two years on, club officials say they have yet to find out who lodged a complaint about the badge with the authorities.