- 16 October 2015 08:30
- Posted by @baileymcfc
Manchester City are pleased to announce a plan to embark on a consultation process that will gauge the views of our fans on the Club badge.
Core supporters of all ages will be canvassed for their opinions in a wide-ranging and open discussion that includes a high-tech consultation space at the Etihad Stadium and a series of bespoke lectures by historian Gary James.
Badge design and content are subjects that have seldom been off the list of fans’ debating topics and one that has grown louder in recent times especially around Cup finals.
The decision to enter into this consultation is in direct response to those regular discussions amongst supporters that are most often centred on which elements of the Club’s past and present symbols best, and most authentically, represent City.
Excluding the City of Manchester’s Coat of Arms, we have had three key badges since the 1930s, with the present design being used since 1997.
Over the years, many fans have come up with their own designs of how they think a new badge could look and we are keen to establish from our Cityzens members, whether or not they feel the badge should evolve and if so, how.
Cityzens will be invited to participate in a formal questionnaire in which they will be asked their views, including which elements they feel are most authentic to, and reflective of, the Club and the City of Manchester itself.
“The badge is the most visual representation of Manchester City and is so central to our heritage,” commented Chief Executive Officer Ferran Soriano.
“We are looking for our fans to share their views as to what they consider to be the most authentic symbols of the Club. The views of our Cityzens are essential to the process; they will have a real say on the future of our badge.”
As they ponder their response to the consultation fans will be able to access video, graphics and photography to remind them of the rich history of the City badges. There will also be free lectures from Manchester football historian Gary James.
“Over the years, one of the few constants at Manchester City has been discussion about the badge. Today is no different,” he declared. “This Club knows how important its heritage is to its fans and I have been impressed with the commitment to keeping them at the centre of this project. I am looking forward to being part of the consultation process.”
Non-Cityzens can also send in their thoughts via City Voice, the Club’s official online fan community.
Feedback can be given at a dedicated physical consultation space in City Square that will be open at 9am-5pm on weekdays and Saturdays, 11:30am-4:30pm on Sundays and up to 30 minutes before kick-off on match days as well as the physical space at the Etihad Stadium.
Details of Gary's lectures will be released in the coming days.
The consultation process will last until 14th November 2015 and the findings will be communicated later in the season.
Click here for more information about the consultation process.