Sheffield Wednesday F.C.
The district of Owlerton not only gave Sheffield Wednesday FC its nickname, it also provided the inspiration for the design of the club's crest.
Today's crest (shown right) has been in use since 1995 (with the minor addition of a copyright symbol in 2002) and shows the familiar modern image of an owl sitting on the letters 'SWFC' (the abbreviation of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club). Also evident is the club's year of formation (Sheffield Wednesday having been one of the early clubs in the game). The crest is also often displayed with the full club name reproduced below it (as here).
The first version of the club crest (shown left) shows a more traditional owl, perched on a branch, accompanied by the rose of Yorkshire and sheaves taken from the Council's arms and completed with the motto, 'Consilio et Animis'. This - roughly translated - means 'Intelligence and Courage' (although could also have various similar meanings).
By 1970 the club introduced a 'plain owl' crest which, through on-going development to achieve a more 'sophisticated image', became the crest as used today.
Thanks to Steve Chu (Communications Manager at Sheffield Wednesday FC) and Han van Eijden (co-author of 'The Beautiful History: Crests, Colours and Nicknames Revealed', due out Summer 2004) for the above crests and information.