A couple of speciality beers have been produced by local breweries, as a direct result of the registration of a county flag, in Dorset and County Durham. These beers have been specifically produced by local breweries to celebrate the adoption of the flag.
Some other brews are either named for the county flag or use it as part of the beer label’s design or general identity.
In other cases the names of local ales refer to emblems or devices which have subsequently appeared on newly registered flags, or their labels incorporate such locally resonant emblems as part of the design. In Cornwall’s case the flag itself is the acknowledged symbol, which has represented the territory for a long time and appears on many Cornish ales and other produce too and in Hampshire the “Hampshire Rose” is an acknowledged county symbol which now appears on the county flag. A beer bearing the regional flag of the Black Country on the label is also available. In the case of Cumberland and Northumberland there are ciders rather than beers!
Use of these symbols and names is a reflection of local pride and an affirmation of the local identities of our counties.
Beers produced in celebration of the adoption of a county flag.
County Durham – Cuthbert’s Cross
In Fenland’s case, not a beer but perhaps uniquely, a sausage!
Beers which feature a (newly) registered flag as part of the beer label’s design or general identity.
Bury St Edmunds based brewery, Greene King, features the county symbol of crown and arrows, which also appears on the county flag, on its labels
Beers which include a symbol from the county flag on the label.
As can be seen in the individual articles on county flags, sports clubs frequently include locally meaningful devices which have been utilised in county flags on their badges or logos. Football clubs in particular follow this practice, especially smaller amateur clubs that have strong community ties in the county where they are located, making a focus on such usage interesting. The restoration in 2015, by Manchester City, of the red rose of Lancashire to its club badge.
is particularly noteworthy. The new ‘old’ design asserts the club’s heritage and geography as a Lancashire club. The move followed a similar decision to feature the Lancashire rose as part of the club’s badge taken by fellow Lancashire club Bolton Wanderers FC in 2013
It is also present on the badge of professional outfit, Gillingham
Barrow, located in the Furness portion of Lancashire, also proudly sports the red rose on its club badge
The county’s famous seaxes appear on the badges of many of its football clubs.
Enfield FC and its successor Enfield 1893, have a vertically divided badge with the crown and seaxes on the observer’s right, while Wealdstone’s badge includes them in the bottom left canton of a quartered shieldSeveral clubs bear the name Hayes and each includes the Middle Saxon seaxes on its badge; from left to right below, AFC Hayes’s very traditional realisation again places the emblem on a quartered shield, in the top left canton; Hayes FC’s badge includes the county emblem in a modern depiction, skewed to accommodate the left portion of a diagonally divided badge; and the crown and seaxes are included on Hayes and Yeading FC’s badge, which is more akin to a modern company logo.
The county emblem is also present in the upper section, or chief, of both Hillingdon Borough FC’s badge and that of Hampton and Richmond Borough FC
and is on the badge of Yeading Football & Athletic Club Limited in a distinct and unusual realisation!The seaxes, in a depiction more reminiscent of the pre 1910 council adaptation, without the Saxon crown,
appear on the badge of Southall FC.
This same “early” depiction of the seaxes is found in the badge of Ashford Town FC
which contrasts with the post 1910 arrangement featured on the badge of the town’s hockey team!
Naturally, the Middlesex emblem, again in its original form, is the badge of Middlesex Wanderers, an amateur specialist touring team
Professional outfit, Brentford FC, incorporated the crown and seaxes in its badge until November 2016 when this was sadly replaced with a badge that makes no reference to the county
The Stafford Knot which is the essential feature on the county flag, is present on the badges of non-league Hednesford Town, Stafford Town, Lichfield City, Tamworth and Stafford Rangers
Professional teams Port Vale and Stoke City also sport the Stafford Knot on their club badges.
The three leopard faces that appear on the county flag, which originated in the civic arms of Shrewsbury, are present on the club badge of Shrewsbury Town FC.
The council of the Surrey town of Wimbledon was awarded arms, in 1906, which included a yellow and blue chequered border in reference to the De Warenne earls of Surrey. The original local football team, Wimbledon FC, (since revamped as AFC Wimbledon) adopted a modified version of the civic arms for its own badge
which made notable use of a blue and yellow chequered border in reference to the de Warenne checks, which have since been registered as the county flag of Surrey. This badge has since been discontinued.
The Ringmer village team used the county emblem for its club badge and it also appears on the badge of Catsfield FC.
In the 2017 season Brighton and hove Albion incorporated the Sussex flag into its shirt!
Yorkshire’s white rose is prominently featured on the badges of Leeds United
Football Supporters’ “Naval Ensigns”
In recent years the burgeoning popularity of county flags in England, has led to an interesting trend whereby they have been incorporated into Saint George’s cross flags, in the pattern of the naval ensign
by football supporters, usually with additional elements such as club badges and slogans. Some examples follow
This example, wielded by supporters of Stockport County, is somewhat different from the pattern generally deployed by supporters, which, as described, feature a county flag in the first canton, uppermost next to the flagpole. Here, the lower canton, bears the design and oddly, rather then the full flag of Cheshire, simply depicts the charges found on it, that is, the three golden wheatsheaves or garbs and gold sword.
It is gratifying to see fans of Sunderland FC acknowledge their status as residents of County Durham, when many people in the city have forgotten their true county status. The flag of County Durham unequivocally sits in the first canton of this supporter flag. It’s also found on the below banner borne by supporters of Bishop Auckland and Shildon AFC clubs.
Carlise United fans include their county’s flag in circular form on the fourth canton of their flag
and the same arrangement is used by Workington Town rugby league fans!
Some fine examples of the county flag of Derbyshire being used by separate clubs from the county, the first two from Chesterfield suporters, with the county flag depicted in the unorthodox fourth canton or quarter and one (Clay Cross) in the usual, first canton and another from supporters of Derby County, with a more conventional location of the county flag, in the first canton.
It’s rare to see West Ham recognised as an Essex club but it is on this supporter’s flag,
where the Essex arms occupy the first quarter.
The Hampshire flag, registered in 2019, occupies the first canton of this Southampton supporter’s flag.
The noble steed of Kent on its traditional red field occupies the first canton of this England flag.
A variation on a theme here with supporters of Leigh Centurions rugby league club, including the flag of Lancashire in the fourth quarter of their ‘ensign’.
The county flag appears in the canton of this example from supporters of Scunthorpe
and this flag from supporters of Lincoln City
Two great examples of the Middlesex county flag recognised by Brentford supporters and a third where the design appears in shield form, in the fourth quarter. The club (and its supporters) is alone, amongst several professional teams in the county, in recognising its true county identity in this manner and which, as noted above, previously included the emblem on its own badge, for many years. Both examples have the county flag occupying spaces other than the expected first quarter.
Supporters from Alnwick in Northumberland with that county’s flag
Fans of Nottingham Forest proudly depict their county’s flag in the first canton, as do fans of Notts County!
England fans from Shropshire display their county’s flag in the first canton.
Fans of an amateur team from Suffolk have incorporated the county flag here in the fourth canton.
Supporters of Farnham Town have incorporated the Surrey county flag in their banner.
Plenty of examples of the practice from supporters of Brighton and Hove Albion. The club consciously portrays itself as a Sussex club and promotes its county identity persistently. The county flag can be found in abundance at matches. It is also used here
by supporters of Crawley Town.
Fans of Swindon Town include the Wiltshire county flag in the traditional first canton
And a slight twist on the theme here with England rugby fans from Worcestershire
taking up the same idea!
Two fine examples examples from Leeds United supporters, with dark toned Yorkshire flags in the first quarters, as it initially appeared.
For Welsh clubs of course the arrangement has to be different, here fans of Barry Town include the Glamorgan county flag in their banner
Though wholly unofficial, these designs do certainly make very fine flags!