I’m not sure Dhforever will be online for a few days, so I will have a go at answering the question, I am sure I will get pulled up if I am wrong in anything I say !
I am secretary, so designing badges isn’t part of my role as such, but I am allowed input, and a say in things. My thoughts are this. As you correctly said, there are copyright issues regarding the current badge, apart from that, we want our items to be unique anyway.
The reason that the badge from the late 70s is used so much is in my view because it is popular. Younger fans of course may not remember the badges, but we can’t use the ones they know anyway. Although there may not be many promotions to remember from that time, it is still a time that is looked back on quite fondly.
We have also used the 1960s crest with the two lions on it for badges, mugs and if I remember rightly there was a T-Shirt.
If there is anything the fans want, then anyone is free to make suggestions any time, and you don’t have to be a member to do so. We would obviously like people to become members, but every Walsall fans opinion is listened to.
Hope that is of some help, until the main man can answer