Ballyclare Comrades F.C.
Ballyclare Comrades FC was formed in 1920 by members of the local branch of Comrades of the Great War Association (who were soldiers not long returned after the First World War).
The club's crest, which was adopted in 1990 when the club gained senior status in the Irish League, was the winning design from a competition amongst local schools.
At it's heart is a shield featuring three elements:
(i) The Six Mile River (represented by the three wavy lines at the bottom of the shield) which rises in hills a few miles east of the Ballyclare and flows through the town on its way to Lough Neagh.
(ii) A water mill - believed to represent a corn mill that once stood where the town's Main Street crosses the river. The mill also represents the industry which flourished in the area in the 19th century.
(iii) A plant which is a reminder that the Ballyclare area (a few miles north-east of Belfast) is one of fertile land which has been farmed for generations.
The crest is completed with the full club name above the shield, and a Latin motto, "Nihil Nisi Optimi", below it. Translated this means "Nothing Except Your Best".
Thanks to Tim Duff, Safety Officer & Committee Member at Ballyclare Comrades FC, for the above crest and information.
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