Friday, June 20

Simply the crest?

Not sure about all these consultations about changing the crest. The WHU board seem to be trying to sneak any changes in under the radar during the close season and in the middle of the World Cup. David Sullivan says it will be up to the fans and he has publicly stated that he doesn't want to change the club's name, as Hull City's owner does. But Sullivan has told the press he would like to see the word "London" included in the badge for marketing reasons, as many fans worldwide don't realise West Ham is in London. I can see some logic to this, so perhaps we could learn from the finest purveyors of jam in Essex, Wilkin & Sons, who brand their jams with three iconic words, "TIPTREE, ESSEX, ENGLAND" and insert a small "London" under West Ham United. But the crossed hammers and Boleyn Castle are just fine and truly reflect the club's heritage.

9 comments:

PADDY HARRIS .WIZZARD said...

totally agree,hammers and castle ave to stay no matter wot.

PADDY HARRIS .WIZZARD said...

totally agree,hammers and castle ave to stay no matter wot.

jaybs said...

The owners sadly tend to get agenda's and they drive them through, Castle & Hammers Crossed are our true EAST END heritage, it's so easy to write off the Castle, then why do we use The Boleyn more than Upton Park?

Anonymous said...

i rekon they have no intention of changing it, and are just doing it so when the feedback comes in saying we don't want a change they'll agree and claim, yes we do listen to the fans!

Keefyd said...

Agree - Hammers and Castle HAVE to stay - don't care if there is a London underneath - we need to evolve but remember the heritage

mj said...

Smaller castle, prominent hammers

CT Peter said...

If we are talking about heritage, then the castle should go. There never was a castle on Green Street. The title of "castle" was given to Green Street House by the locals after some decorative turrets were built in the gardens of the house. Also, Anne Boleyn never lived there, it is folklore, as the house was built shortly after she was beheaded. I can still remember the last of the turrets on Green Street, it was demolished in the mid-fifties. It did not resemble in any shape or form the castle on our badge.

As far as our badge is concerned, traditionally there was no castle. You only have to look at pictures of Bobby Moore in the late fifties and all you see are crossed hammers. The first time I recall a castle in our badge was the early sixties, and it looked nothing like today's castle. In fact, with it's domed turrets it looked more like something out of Disney World. It certainly did not resemble Green Street House.

Having said that, the only reason to change our current badge is if, in doing so, we make the team stronger. If a case can be made that we could create more revenues with a change, and that these additional revenues would be invested in the team, then I would be for it. So far nothing has been presented that would support this. Therefore, until we are shown compelling evidence that this is possible, the club should leave well enough alone.

Boysie said...

About time someone bought some reality to the myth of the castle/turret/Bt building!

Pete May said...

Obviously an emotive subject! And interesting historical perspective CT Peter. I do think the castle is a nice logo even if not historically accurate - though it does reflect the fact there was a Green Street House. But what everyone seems to agree on is the crossed hammers are so closely linked to Thames Ironworks that they have to stay. The crossed hammers on the 1960s shirts are certainly very effective...