Behind the Badge of Górnik Zabrze
I don’t know about you but I am quite excited about the return of football. As some of you may know I breathe football and love this beautiful game. Although I am quite excited, I have to admit I have mixed feelings about the return. Unfortunately, there continue to be …
I don’t know about you but I am quite excited about the return of football. As some of you may know I breathe football and love this beautiful game. Although I am quite excited, I have to admit I have mixed feelings about the return. Unfortunately, there continue to be COVID cases in the European football clubs that have started playing. A side of me wants to enjoy the games but on the other hand, I feel the return of football is too precipitated. One of the first European leagues that resumed was the Polish league, Ekstraklasa. Today I will share the crest history of the polish team Górnik Zabrze.
What makes a football club historic? For many it is defined by the championships they have won throughout the years, the players produced, and the stamp it makes in international competition. Górnik Zabrze has all the credentials to be among the most historic teams in Poland. Górnik Zabrze has a background tied to world history after being founded after World War II. After this event had left plans facilities destroyed, little by little sports clubs were being started by workplaces. On 14 December 1948, the Mining Union Sports Club “Górnik was founded through a merger of four sports clubs in the city of Zabrze: KS Unification merged with Concordia, Pogo?, and Skra, clubs that had been operating since the end of WWII.
The club’s name after this merge was KS Górnik, a polish name for Miner which reflected the major coal-mining industry in the city of Zabrze. Hence the club was tailored to the ambition of the united mining industry and it has been reflected in their coats of arm since their foundation. The unofficial crest contains a pair of crossed hammers that to this day remain intact in their logo. In 1957 the club updated its name to KS Górnik Zabrze and the club’s official emblem was introduced at the end of that decade. The first coats of the arm were formed by a triangular shield with a big monogram G in a blue and white background. The G for Górnik was stamped to reinforce the polish mining foundation. The pair of a crossed hammer which also reference the miners was added under the G.
The structure of the coats pop arm has remained intact throughout history, however, they have seen a number of changes in terms of details. Following the introduction of their official crest, the next decade the thickness of the borders of the triangle shield was changed a few times. At one point wreath leaves were added on the sides of the shield. Starting in the 21st century Górnik refined their G shape letter by having the line in equal thickness. In 2011 a star was added on top of the shield to represent the more than 10 Championship titles they have won. Despite having a downfall of success in the past years, Górnik Zabrze continues to be among Poland’s all-time football elite clubs. No other club has won more Championship titles than them and there is yet a polish club to reach a UEFA competition final like Górnik when they finished runner up in the 1970 competition.