“This is an historic move which draws a line in the sand representing our new begining”
Paul Hilton - Chairman
The Club would like to announce that we have made a formal application to the Football Association to change our name to Radcliffe Football Club.
Over the course of the 2016/17 season the Board have undertaken a series of reviews focusing on various aspects of the Club, and this outcome is one that we have come to for a host of reasons.
The Club wishes to better identify with its community and since the governmental changes to the district, Radcliffe is no longer a Borough and has been absorbed into the Metropolitan Borough of Bury for some time now. Rendering the name of the Club outdated, if not obsolete.
The Club is looking to modernise throughout, on and off the field, and in the way that we interact with supporters, and the wider community. We are community focussed Club and we want to emphasise that we represent Radcliffe.
We want to associate and work with the other community sports groups in our locality, such as Radcliffe Juniors Football Club who are our near neighbours, and who we have a great working relationship with. We also want to work with other sports in the area in ways that will benefit us, them and the wider community. These Clubs include our other neighbours Radcliffe Cricket Club, who we are building a great relationship with and also Radcliffe Athletics Club. This change aligns us with those organisations in a way that we can identify together.
We will always be known as 'The Boro', and that has been represented in the new badge that we have great pleasure in unveiling.
We are very proud to release the new Club Crest. We believe that our designer Chris Thorpe has done an amazing job in creating a modern, but classic badge that is extremely smart and will stand the test of time while sympathetically capturing the history of the Town.
The various elements that make up the badge are icons of Radcliffe that help us further identify with the community we represent.
The Shape matches the centre shield of the Coat of Arms of Radcliffe.
St Thomas' Church is an iconic structure in the centre of Radcliffe which sits at the top of the valley and dominates the skyline from anywhere in the Town.
The Grade II listed Mount Sion Mill Water Wheel which powered one of the iconic Mills in Radcliffe which brought so much industry and community to the Town. The Wheel also contains the Cross of St George representing English patriotism.
The River Irwell that runs through the Town, powered the Mills and put Radcliffe on the Map.
The Viaduct Arches which straddle the Town, supporting the Milling industry with its rail network are also represented in the negative space.
The nod to the club nickname and the year the club was formed finish off the new design.
We look forward to displaying it with pride in the future.
The official name change is a process of application through the FA, which we have begun and we expect to be completed in time for the start of the 2018/19 season. In the meantime we will promote and refer ourselves in our new brand, but our fixtures may still show the Borough name until the following season.
Updated 11:01 - 2 Jun 2017 by Paul Hilton