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Chronicles Of The Crest: Manchester United

The Manchester United crest is a symbol recognized around the world. Here’s a look at its evolution.

Founded in 1878, the club was originally called “Newton Heath L&YR F.C.” and their colors were yellow and green.

The team was created by the department of railway depots and the players were railroad workers.

In 1902 the club was officially renamed “Manchester United.”

Their new crest was taken from the Manchester coat of arms.

By the 1940’s the logo we know today began to take shape. 

The center shield featured a ship and a devil.

Chronicles Of The Crest: AFC Ajax

On the morning of March 18, 1900, Floris Stempel created Football Club Ajax. Quite rare that time in sports, the team launched with their first graphic emblem.

The team's first logo featured an Ajax football player in the center of a circle, with the words "AMST. FOOTBALL-CLUB AJAX" around the outer ring.

The logo changed 11 years later when the team earned their first Erste Klasse title and moved to the top division.

Designers painted the shorts white and added a verticle red stripe to the T-Shirt. In 1928 the owners decided to associate the emblem with the name.

Chronicles Of The Crest: Chelsea FC

With a prominent badge recognized around the world, the history of Chelsea FC is very rich.

Starting in 1905, the team's logo featured a man in an army headdress.

The image was borrowed from the Royal Hospital Chelsea, where veterans of the British army were treated.

From 1952-1953 while the team awaited a new logo, a monogram of the letters "CFC" was used. In 1953, the new logo was complete.

It featured a blue lion taken from the family coat of arms of the Earl Cadogan Club.

In 1986, Ken Bates, the new owner, simplified and madernized the logo.

Ryan Reynolds Completes Wrexham Takeover

Actors Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny In Philidelphia) have teamed up in a bid to takeover Welsh club Wrexham AFC. It is the oldest club in Wales and the third oldest soccer club in the world. Wrexham competes in the National League, which is the fifth tier in England. In their mission statement the duo outlined their plans for the future of the club including making Wrexham a global force, to update the club's stadium (The Racecourse), and to always beat Chester, the team's rival.

How To Hit A Knuckleball

In this episode of Raise Your Game, The18’s own Grant Conybear shows you how to correctly hit a knuckleball. The general technique of a knuckleball starts with aiming to strike the ball directly in the center. Using the knuckle part of your foot, about where your laces are, approach the ball straight on and use a short backswing while striking the ball with a locked ankle and locked leg.

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