FANS of 1874 Northwich, a new football team that will play competitive matches from next season, picked a crest for their club last night, Thursday.

They picked their favourite from a selection of six alternatives designed by Luke Bushnell-Wye, with a significant majority of votes cast for one in particular.

It is one he’s proud of.

“My favourite bit of work was the decision to have the eagle clutching two scraps of blue,” said the 24-year-old.

“They represent the town’s rivers – the Dane and the Weaver – upon whose confluence the Drill Field – Northwich Victoria’s original home ground – used to sit.”

The former Hartford High School pupil was asked by board members from Northwich Victoria Supporters Trust, whose members voted in November to start their own club, to come up with a design after sending them an initial idea for one.

Supporters gave their verdict during their latest social event at Lostock Social Club, with nearly 50 in favour of the crest with the most votes.

Bushnell-Wye said: “I was never going to please everybody, so didn’t try to.

“Some people wanted to see a complete break from a symbol that for them represented Northwich Victoria, while others wanted something that is a tribute to 1874’s origins.

“Some preferred a modern style badge, while there was a section of support for a more traditional club crest.

Trust chairman Paul Stockton told the Guardian earlier this week that there would be a separate vote on a motto for 1874 Northwich later on.