Cove Rangers Football Club was established in 1922. The club takes its name from Cove Bay, located in the southeastern corner of the city of Aberdeen, in which they play.
In 1947, the club became a founding member of the Aberdeen Amateur Football Association. That season, Cove Rangers won the first of their 11 amateur championships. In 1948, they began to play at Allen Park. Among them, their highlight came in the 1964/65 season, when the club went unbeaten in the league.
Cove Rangers competed as amateurs until 1985, when they became a junior side. The following season, they became a senior side and joined the Highland Football League. By the 1990s, Cove Rangers began to rack up local silverware and in 2001, they won the first of their six Highland League championships. In 2016, in order to comply with SPFL regulations, the club relocated from Allen Park to their new Balmoral Stadium ground.
The club continued their dominance of the Highland League, finishing at the top of the table over two consecutive seasons between 2017 and 2019. After being crowned league champions at the end of the 2017/18 season, Cove Rangers secured an SPFL promotion playoff by defeating the Lowland League champions Spartans. Ultimately, Cove Rangers lost 3-2 to Cowdenbeath over two legs to remain in the Highland League. The club remained competitive and secured another SPFL promotion playoff the following season with a 5-1 aggregate victory over Lowland League champions East Kilbride over two legs. This time, Cove Rangers faced Berwick Rangers. The Aberdeen side dominated Berwick, winning 0-7 over two legs and gaining promotion into the bottom tier of the SPFL for the 2019/20 season.
In redesigning the Cove Rangers badge, I wanted to call back to the early twentieth century. I was unconvinced by the olive branches encircling a griffin rampant and decided on a stylised monogram. After first illustrating the ‘C’, I realised that the ends of the legs resembled boots and decided to place a circle, representing a football, between them.
For the home kit, I was inspired by the Cove home kit from the 1982/83 season. The layout of the away kit is also inspired by a Cove home kit from the 1980s – that used in the 1986/87 season.