Norwich City F.C. open their season this Saturday in the Championship, with an away match against Fulham F.C. That day you may well hear refrains of ‘On the Ball, City‘ from the travelling fans – a famous Norwich City song, thought to be the world’s oldest football song still in use today.

Formed in 1902, the club have come to be known as the Canaries, a nickname that is reflected in the club’s badge. This dates back hundreds of years before the club had even formed.

When Dutch and Flemish Protestants arrived in the city of Norwich in the 16th and 17th centuries, they brought with them their pet canaries. These birds were bred by the visitors, and by the early 18th Century canary breeding had become a popular hobby for the people of Norwich. The top left of the crest is a homage to the city’s coat of arms, depicting Norwich Castle and the royal lion of England.