Arbroath FC is perhaps best known for its participation in a football match that took place in 1885. By defeating Aberdeen Bon Accord by the margin of 36-0, the club set a world record that continues to stand to this day. John Petrie, who scored 13 goals in the match, also holds the record for the most individual goals scored in a senior game.
The club's crest is also of interest. It focuses on a portcullis which is symbolic of Arbroath Abbey. The Abbey was founded in 1178 while in 1320 it was the venue for the signing of the 'Declaration of Arbroath' (which resulted in Scottish independence from England).
The crest's red / maroon background represents the sandstone from which the Abbey and and many other buildings in the town were built. This sandstone was taken from the cliffs which are a recognisable feature of the coastline of the town and the county of Angus.
The crest also shows the full club name.
Arbroath FC is notable for being owned by around 200 of its season-ticket holders. The club is run on a day-to-day basis by an elected committee of nine of these season-ticket holders / club owners.
Thanks to Dr. Gary J. Callon, Committee Member at Arbroath FC, for the above crest and information.