For the majority of its history, the Brighton & Hove Albion crest has been dominated by the color blue and seagulls. This fact can be explained by the team’s nickname, the Seagulls. It was adopted by 1977 and replaced the nickname of the Dolphins. A seagull has been present on the Brighton & Hove Albion FC logo ever since, although it has had several design changes.
2011 - Present
The club’s current crest was introduced in 2011 a modernized version of their 1977 iteration. The seagull is now flying the opposite direction than past marks with an encircled wordmark “BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION” in blue on a white background.
2000 - 2011
For the 2000 season, Brighton & Hove made a slight change to the mark by removing the initials and adding the full name “BRIGHTON& HOVE ALBION” in white above the soaring seagull.
1998 - 2000
In 1998 Brighton & Hove went to a more classic shield shape that also featured the club’s initials and the nickname “B.&H.A.F.C.” and “The Seagulls” in white.
1978 - 1998
Brighton & Hove amended their crest in 1977, featuring a soaring white seagull with an encircled wordmark “BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION” in blue on a white with a gold trim background.
1974 - 1977
The club became known as the dolphins in 1974 and at the start of the following season produced a new crest featuring the mammal yet both the nickname and crest became short-lived. Featuring a dolphin centered with an encircle wordmark “BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION” and “THE DOLPHINS” in blue.
1970 - 1974
A blue with white border shield with the initials in a custom font “BHA” and “FC” in white.
1948 - 1970
The club’s original crest features the arms of Brighton and Hove, set against the club colors of blue and white. This traditional design was used after the Second World War until about 1974.