Portadown will kick off Pat McGibbon’s fresh dawn next season as permanent manager by rolling back the clock with the club badge design.
A fans’ poll organised by the PSS (Portadown Supporters’ Society) and Portadown Times confirmed this week to bring back the club badge so popular during the 1980s and 1990s.
As a result of the 78 per cent majority vote, Portadown players will step out at Shamrock Park sporting a different design on the Uhlsport-backed kit.
Votes logged over post and e-mail were counted following the introduction of a poll by the PSS after meetings with the club’s Board of Directors.
The design used across the past 20 years will remain the official club crest.
“The feedback has been positive and our thanks go to the club directors and Uhlsport for working with us on this vote,” said a Portadown Supporters’ Society spokesman. “We recently unveiled the design of the home kit and have plans to launch the away kit over the summer.
“The badge on show next season will be a variation on the design presented to the club following a Portadown Times competition in the 1980s.
“We are consulting with various people to finetune the final design but a number of alterations have been signed off to date.
“Following discussions with club historian Trevor Clydesdale, we will change the date from 1924 to 1887 and the wording will now read ‘Portadown Football Club’.”
Northern Ireland’s 34th annual football programme and memorabilia fair will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at Grosvenor House, Glengall Street in Belfast from 10-2.30, with admission £1.50.