5 days ago
Monday, November 23, 2015
Scottish Football and Heraldry, continued
There were a couple of stories over the weekend about the continuing conflict of the logos of a number of Scottish football ("soccer" in American English; Britain and the United States; "two countries divided by a common language" (attributed to both Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw)) and Scottish heraldic law as enforced by the Office of the Lord Lyon King of Arms.
Naturally, you get the folks who think that "the law is unnecessary," and others on the other side who state that "Scotland probably has the best heraldry in the world ... I think that it is something that is worth preserving."
Ayr United, which has received a letter from the Procurator Fiscal, the enforcement arm of the Court of the Lord Lyon, is looking for local help in designing a new logo that will not infringe on the national symbols of Scotland (as the current logo, with the white saltire on the blue field, plainly does).
More information about this ongoing controversy can be found at BBC Sports at http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/34882922 , The Daily Record at http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/ayr-united-face-having-ditch-6861133, and Who Ate All The Pies (and isn't that a great name for sports blog) at http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/kits/227915/ayr-united-may-have-to-completely-redesign-their-club-badge-after-falling-foul-of-350-year-old-heraldry-laws.html
Well, you know, just because a law is some 350 years old doesn't mean you can, or should, ignore it.
Though I have to admit, the fact that a fan of a rival football team turned Ayr United in to the Procurator Fiscal seems a bit petty. (It does make me wonder, of which team is that person a fan, and what does that team's logo look like?)