While Wembley Stadium is situated in London, the North West may rightly claim to be the spiritual home of English football, playing host to the two most successful teams in the country.
But with all the pomp and circumstance which invariably follows the giants of Manchester and Liverpool, it’s understandable that traditional northern soul can only be retained by clubs such as Burnley – and nowhere is this soul more prominent than in their club crest.
The Clarets first took up a modified version of their town’s coat of arms as the club insignia, but the patterns still hold true to the medieval values attached to the original. Starting from the top, the bird is said to be a stork, holding the knot of Burnley’s DeLacy family.
In the black band, the bees signify a great deal; firstly, they refer to the town’s busy ambience but also allude to the old Bee Hole End at Turf Moor. Between the bees is a hand, which refers to the town motto of “Hold to the Truth“.
Meanwhile, the lion below is one of royalty – especially meaningful as Turf Moor was the first ground visited by a monarch when Prince Albert graced the 1886 Lancashire ding-dong between Burnley and Bolton.
With football becoming increasingly more global, it’s refreshing to learn that some clubs are paying homage to their hometown history in their crest in such a manner as Burnley.