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by Rob Raeside, 22 August 2000
from www.the-fa.org, located by Guillermo Tell Aveledo
The English Football Association's flag was spotted on the Association's web page (www.the-fa.org) and flying outside its headquarters at 16 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3LW.
The flag is a plain white field with the traditional English Three Lions (King Richard's) and nine red-white roses (of the Lancaster-York peace in the XVth Century). This is the FA's, as well as the English national team's, badge.
This "three-lions-on-a-shirt" badge dates from the late XIXth Century English team international caps. Those caps, awarded to football players on becoming 'international', where at first intended to have been white (of white silk, indeed) with a red rose embroidered in the front (plain white jersey and trunks were the English team uniform up to the 1970s). Nonetheless, the original caps were made out of navy blue velvet with a red rose, which was subsequently substituted by King Richard's three lions.
Guillermo Tell Aveledo, 11 July 2000