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Battle of the Badges Gasroom Vote - Summer 2023

Building off @ReturnToSenda's article ranking the badges in FourFourTwo a while back and our continued matchday thread banter on other club's badges, I am going to run a 'Battle of the Badges' competition this summer to try and take up some of the slow days before we get actual Wycombe news. The tricky thing is getting the competition whittled down quickly without 46 head to heads.

As a result, I am going to start with some elimination voting, picking the worst 26 badges to exclude from the tournament to get from 90 down to 64 - MK are going to be excluded from the vote, not just because they are a plastic club that should not exist, but because they clearly have an aesthetically awful badge too, and if everyone votes for them in the elimination round, it will be harder to eliminate others. I am also going to exclude Wycombe, as I don't objectively think we have the best badge (others may disagree) and I think affection for our club could colour the vote a little. Finally, Notts County and Wrexham will take part instead of Rochdale and Hartlepool.

Here is how it will work, based on the past season's divisions aside from Notts and Wrexham.

  1. Elimination vote to remove worst 7 PL badges.
  2. Elimination vote to remove worst 7 Championship badges.
  3. Elimination vote to remove worst 5 L1 badges (Wycombe and MK already removed).
  4. Elimination vote to remove worst 7 L2 badges.
  5. Final 64: 16 votes on groups of 4, with winners of each group going through.
  6. Final 16: Head to head tournament through to the final two teams and a champion.


  • I should also add that I will not vote unless a tiebreaker is needed in any situation.

  • Oh, and if an elimination vote does not eliminate the right amount of clubs (everyone votes for a handful of clubs) I will hold it again without the clubs already voted for till we get the right number.

  • Excellent work @Shev !!

  • Cheers @HolmerBlue!

    One final point - I am going to put up all of the elimination votes today. If more teams in one division get votes than another, I may alter the amount removed from each division.

  • Cracking entertainment 😝

  • Just as an aside, these elimination votes will run for roughly a day.

  • I am genuinely excited by this

  • How long is a rough day @Shev ?

    This is the only excitement I have atm

  • I am preparing a results thread right now, and then doing a draw sometime today and putting the first group out there.

  • Some exceedingly meh badges in the top flight next season

  • Palace's is the best of those by miles.

  • The amazing thing about the roundel badges here is that only one of them, Chelsea, has bothered to do visual alignment to account for how the eye perceives the left and right sides of the first and last letter, though to my eye it looks like they've slightly overcooked it so it feels like it's a degree or two too far. Sheffield Utd's is the worst because they absolutely shouldn't have put the F.C. on there as it leaves it hanging lopsided. The designer of the Man City badge forgot to put the word "CITY" on the curve. It's all just so bloody lazy.

  • Interesting. Other than Chelsea, they all look like they're veering to the left - apart from Brighton, which goes the other way. My contact lens prescription probably needs strengthening, though...

  • That's exactly it @ReturnToSenda - a decent designer would have compensated for that. The Chelsea one did, but went slightly too far.

  • I agree most of these PL badges are less than inspiring. Despite the club itself, I will say that I am an admirer of Luton's crest, which would be in my top three of the 92. Very unusual shape, colours match well as opposites on the wheel. I think the prominent font probably puts a lot of people off, but I like it a lot. And at least they resisted the urge to put it in a roundel!

  • Bottom 10 if not 5

  • This person is wrong on almost every badge. Why on earth would you call this bad? It's majestic.

  • @drcongo - I ran this competition with just my wife for comparison, as she has no biases at all. Sutton actually made the semis.

  • Regarding Fulham, I have to agree @perfidious_albion on the Axis angle.

  • Can’t believe this didn’t even make the group stage.

  • LX1LX1
    edited June 14

    That's sexy isn't it. But a little too 'designed on the computer' for me

  • I’m with you, it’s 90% great, but the dog is too clip art

  • Bargepole has it above his door I believe

  • These are all sound comments. Do you work in graphic design?

  • I have no idea what you are talking about, but it's good to know that even while I'm in the land of nod at 4am, someone in the Gasroom is thinking about me.

  • My Apple TV offered me an MLS season pass and the screen was filled with MLS badges. Gotta say, despite the fact that graphic design in the states is usually atrocious, quality was generally good and there’s a couple of very nice ones.

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