Leeds United have decided to back off plans to change the badge this season, and instead will wait until the 2019-20 season to implement any changes to the badge.
Per the club’s official website:
Due to the volume of ideas and designs submitted by fans and their focus around celebrating our 100-year anniversary, we can confirm that we will now be introducing a new club crest on the shirt for the 2019/2020 centenary season and beyond.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all fans for the inspiration they have provided which, following further consultation with supporters’ groups, will form the basis of a democratic vote later this year. We look forward to our loyal and passionate fans selecting a crest that will proudly herald in the next 100 years.
To be perfectly honest, this is probably the right call. There is very little reason to change the badge the year before the centenary season anyway, and this way the club has the opportunity to do it the right way. And while I’m not totally excited about a fan vote, as it’s hard to get people to agree on anything without alienating a large chunk of the people who didn’t vote for the winning design, it’s still better than the process they used in the first place.
This will also give fans a whole year of wearing the current kit adorned with the current badge before having to spring for a whole new set of team-branded apparel to wear. And considering the prices of shirts these days, fans might have to save up for a whole year or more to be able to afford the new shirts, jackets, leisurewear, etc. And if the new ticket prices are anything to go by, the shirts are gonna be costly. All Leeds customers, aren’t we?