THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Some stories behind club crests are more obscure than others. In 12th-century Syria, there lived in the mountains surrounding Damascus a creature that was, according to those few who had encountered it, half eagle, half hotelier. When unwary travellers through the mountains made ready for sleep after a day of clambering the winding, sun-baked paths, they would suddenly become aware of a shadow cast over them and the shuddering of monstrous wings. On looking up, they would behold the creature at the centre of Al-Shorta's crest, a sort of giant bird of prey wearing an unseasonal muffler. Read more

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