Gala Fairydean F.C.
The crest of Gala Fairydean FC is based on the town crest of Galashiels which shows two foxes trying to reach ripe fruit on a plum tree.
This depicts an event of 1337 when during a border battle between the Scots and English, a few English soldiers are said to have strayed from their main troop to gather plums (which grew locally in great quantities).
A group of Scots saw the English soldiers, attacked and killed them, throwing their bodies into a trench at the "Eastlands" (one of the former Gala Fairydean FC home grounds). This event is marked in the annual "Braw Lads Gathering" when the Braw Lass and her two attendants go the the commemorative "Raid Stone" and pin sprigs from the plum tree to the Braw Lad and his attendants.
The "Raid Stone" and plum tree are situated on the edge of the car park beside the present Gala Fairydean stadium at Netherdale.
The motto on the club crest displays the club name. On the town crest, however, this reads "Sour Plums".
Occasionally the club crest is reproduced with the letters "GF" and "FC" displayed on either side of the plum tree.
Thanks to John Clayton, Secretary at Gala Fairydean FC, for the above crest and information.