Tucked away in the Netherlands’ southernmost province of Limburg and an hours drive from Eindhoven, Mönchengladbach and Brussels, the small town of Sittard is home to Eerste Divisie club Fortuna Sittard.
The badge heralds a white angel like figure who’s identity proved tricky to locate. Despite this, a bit of digging led me to two possible candidates. The town of Sittard is steeped in catholic history, with various churches and chapels scattered around the town and its surrounded areas.
The town is home to the St Rosa chapel, a homage to the Peruvian catholic saint Rose of Lima. The saint is the patroness of Sittard meaning she could possibly be the heavenly figure. Alternatively, the lady in question could be a representation of Mary the Mother of Jesus, as the town has it’s very own Basilica of Our Lady of Sacred Heart.
Born from the amalgamation of Fortuna 54 and Sittardia, Fortuna Sittard have had varying degrees of success. During the majority of the nineties Fortuna maintained Eredivisie Status, all be it for a two year period between 1993 and 1995. However, since the turn of the century, the club has found itself in financial difficulty. In 2009 times were so hard that a merger with neighbouring Roda JC Kerkrade was proposed to save the club.
The club’s academy has also produced a gem or two during the club’s brief history. The most notable being Fernando Ricksen and Mark Van Bommel. Both later went on to play for PSV Eindhoven, understandable considering the clubs close proximity to each other.