AS_Beauvais_Oise_logoAs fans and footballers from all over the continent flock to France for Euro 2016 next month, we look at a French team who may want to think about their abbreviation choices in future…

Language differences can throw up some amusing quirks – in England when you see a team called ‘ASBO’ you might think it is made up of a couple of chavs on some community service. But it is in fact the crest of Association Sportive Beauvais Oise, a team based in northern France. Formed in 1945, the club’s nickname is Sang et neige, which translates as ‘Blood and Snow’ – the red and white colours of the club that match Beauvais’ city Coat of Arms (although the nickname sounds more like the motto of a House in Game of Thrones if I’m honest).

Peasant's daughter and local legend Jeanne Hachette, who helped inspire the motto that was adopted by AS Beauvais Oise

Statue of local legend Jeanne Hachette, who helped inspire the motto that was adopted by AS Beauvais Oise

The actual Latin motto on the badge reads Palus ut hic fixus constans et firma manebo – ‘Like a fixed stake, constant and firm I will remain’. This references a famous event in Beauvais’ history, where a group of women, led by peasant’s daughter and local badass Jeanne Hachette, remained steadfast during a 1472 siege from Charles the Bold. One of his men had gotten as far as planting a flag on the battlements, only for Jeanne, axe in hand, to chuck the bloke into the moat and tear down the flag herself, reviving the courage of the garrison who then forced Charles the Bold out of town in eventual retreat. This ballsy local heroine even attracted the interest of the then King of France, instituting an annual procession in her honour. If the ASBO defence follow this steadfast approach then there will be a fair few clean sheets for the team this season, plus – blood and snow, sieges, stakes? With a history and mentality like that, you’d be forgiven for viewing the Stade Pierre-Brisson stadium as a battleground too…

Abbreviating may make sense when you need to cram the club name onto a badge, but as we have seen here with AS Beauvais Oise it throws up a few quirky blunders too. Check out the badge for Newell’s Old Boys, the Argentinian club where Lionel Messi was first recruited as a youth. Admit it, you chuckled a bit.