MIDDLESBROUGH have revealed plans to introduce a new crest to mark the club's upcoming 150th anniversary.

The new badge won't be used until the start of the 2026/27 - 150 years on from Boro's birth in 1876 - but the club say they're starting the "thorough and extensive process" early to ensure fans have their say and are happy with the new design.

The current Boro badge has been in use since 2007 - but has been divisive among supporters and the club want fans to play a major role in the design and selection of the new crest.


"We recognise that the crest is among the most significant representations of our club and matters hugely to Boro supporters," said Boro in a statement.

"As such, supporters will be involved thoroughly and extensively in this process. That will be accompanied with a robust tendering procedure to invite contributions from external design experts.

"We also recognise that this process requires due care, consideration, and clear communication - hence our confirmation of these plans now, allowing for the requisite time to deliver the desired outcome for our supporters."

Lee Fryett, Boro's chief commercial officer, said: “We’re excited to announce our intentions as we approach a significant milestone in Middlesbrough FC’s history.

“Any crest that is adopted must represent that proud history and what the club means to our supporters, as well as our vision for the future. We’re looking forward to working closely with the fans throughout the process.”

Boro say more details and further information on how supporters and other contributors can get involved will follow in due course.