That was the week: Picking Hartlepool United’s badge in 1994

WINNER: Today's Hartlepool United emblem
WINNER: Today's Hartlepool United emblem
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YOUNGER readers, or those new to the town, could be forgiven for thinking that the classy emblem Pools players proudly wear on their chest dates from the club’s founding in 1908.

But it was actually unveiled 20 years ago this week, as a result of a Mail competition.

When Hartlepool businessman Harold Hornsey took over the club after the troubled Garry Gibson era he wanted to make a fresh start – including a new logo.

Mail reporter Neil Watson wrote, on July 15, 1994: “Stressing that the club belonged to the fans, Mr Hornsey asked the Mail to run a competition appealing for designs.”

The response was impressive. In just a few days more than 300 drawings and paintings flooded in to the Mail with a wide variety of images.

Mr Hornsey and directors Alam Bamford and David Jukes were delighted with both the quantity and quality of the designs.

Each had their favourite but left the final decision to the town’s mayor, Coun Gwynneth Hanson.

She said: “I find it very encouraging that there are so many good ideas in these entries.

“I like the use of ‘the town’s club’ because it on the badge because it shows there is a commitment there.”

After careful consideration she chose the design by Glyn Jones, 28 at the time, from Trimdon Grange.

Glyn, who worked as a graphic designer in Sedgefield, incorporated a football inside a ship’s wheel, bringing elements of the town and club together.

The drawing was then converted into a a computer file, suitable for use by kit manufacturers and programme and letterhead printers, by Mail artist Ian Lowes.

Glyn won £100 for his efforts and the Pools board members were so impressed by the response they also awarded extra prizes to children who took part.

Runners-up to Glyn were Natasha Verrall and Janine Taylor, whose design was one of 60 from St Aidan’s School.

A special prize was awarded to eight-year-old Craig Weeks, from Hartlepool, “who sent in a simple design with a heart the directors felt had to be rewarded.”

There was an exhibition of the entries and the prize-winners were given special guest treatment at Pools’ first home game of the season, against Darlington on August 20 – a 1-0 win for Pools.

Contact Andrew Levett by emailing andrew.levett@northeast-press.co.uk or write to him at Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX.

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