Leeds United have invited supporters to launch their designs for the club’s new crest – and we at TEAMtalk are getting behind one in particular we feel is worthy of the honour.
The club, which celebrates its centenary in 2019, caused outrage last month when they launched what they thought would be their latest crest.
However, the new design drew widespread criticism – with numerous memes and GIFs created taking the mickey -while an online petition collected 80,000 signatures in a matter of 24 hours.
That spurred the club to abandon plans to use the crest, pictured above, and they decided instead to invite supporters to create their own design.
There’s been a flood of brilliant entries sent it to the club and circulated on social media, but we have been sent what we feel ought to be the winning design.
Wayne Lee, a 44-year-old self-employed tutor has been a Leeds since 1991, when he got a season ticket on the Lowfields Road end.
Leeds-based Lee used to spend his free time doing caricatures of former Whites stars such as like Rio Ferdinand, Lucas Radebe and Lee Bowyer.
And the 44-year-old spoke of what inspired him to pick up his pencil again after so long and why it would be such an honour for his design to be chosen.
“The fact Leeds invited designs inspired me to pick up my art pencils again after 20 years,” he told TEAMtalk. “I love my club and wanted to design a crest to be proud of.
“I have sought feedback from friends and the result has been very positive. I feel it’s a real honour to be able to design a crest for the club I have supported since being a child. As a season ticket holder I can think of nothing better than seeing my beloved club wearing my design.
“You’d be the proudest man alive to see your team walking out with your crest on their chests! What an honour it would be…”
You can see the design below, while feel free to get behind our campaign by giving it some love and sharing your opinion of it on our Twitter page.
The design has a modern feel to it and embodies some of the emblems of previous club crests, including the ‘smiley’, the Yorkshire rose and the peacock.