PNE to retain ‘new’ badge

Preston's new club crest
Preston's new club crest
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The ‘Invincibles’ badge which featured on Preston North End’s shirt in the season just ended, is to become the club’s permanent crest.

t will have one small change, with the ribbon below the badge now saying ‘Established 1880’ rather than ‘Invincibles 125 Years’.

PNE’s general manager Ben Rhodes said: “The reaction to the special anniversary badge, designed by Laura Morris, was fantastic and many supporters have asked if we could consider retaining its use.

“The placement of the historic crest of the city, with the ‘PP’ surrounded by the badge, our club name and now our year of adoption of association football, incorporates many elements of our great history and tradition.

“We are sure it will be worn with pride by players and fans alike for many years to come.”

The old crest will be phased out of use, with the new one used on all PNE literature, merchandise and playing kit from July 1.

Meanwhile, North End have won League One’s Programme of the Year award.

‘The One and Only’ publication is produced in-house at Deepdale and was voted the best in the division by media personnel from other League One clubs.

Notts County finished 
runners-up to North End, with Wolves in third, Colchester fourth and Leyton Orient in fifth.