Information About Harrow, Greater London

Harrow is a borough found in Greater London. Hertfordshire borders it to the north & Hillingdon borders it to the west. Ealing borders it in the south, Brent borders it in the southeast, and Barnet borders it to the east. It is not to be confused with the actual hamlet of Harrow.

Back when it was formed originally, not so long ago in 1934, Harrow was created as one of Middlesex’s urban districts. The review order which made it so actually merged the urban district of Harrow on the Hill with the rural district of Hendon and the urban district of Wealdstone. In May of 1954, the newly formed district became a municipal borough, thus gaining status. However, a mere eleven years later, in 1965, the entire thing was abolished. In its place, it became the now known London Borough of Harrow.

Located on the primary hill of Harrow is the Harrow School. The area there is extremely affluent. It is also surrounded by suburbs now. How, its affluence has not depleted. While houses there are expensive, costing an average of 1.5 million pounds, the area seems to be worth it. Its crime is very low.

For all of that, the Harrow borough is considered to be very diverse. Lots of different ethnicities and cultures can be found there, which is one of the reasons the area is so desirable.

Of course, it never hurts when a lot of well known people come from any given area. Harrow has boasted quite a few well known citizens. Popular singers James Blunt, Tom Fletcher of McFly, and the inestimable Billy Idol all hail from in or around Harrow. Roger Moore, also known as Bond, James Bond, is from Harrow as well. Sir Winston Churchill attended the Harrow School. Better still, famous Romantic poet Lord Byron comes from Harrow.

For accommodation in Harrow check this list of Harrow hotels.

Football and the Name Game

England is where the game of football began and the practice of naming teams after factories, since many prestigious clubs started out as in-house factory squads. Arsenal had a humble birth in an arms factory at Woolwich that went by the name Royal Arsenal. That’s why the pet name Gunners and the cannon on their crest! Likewise, four time African champions, the Ghanian Black Stars, get their name from the stars on the national flag, which is a reminder of the Black Star Line shipping corporation that brought Africans back home.

Tint Hint
When it comes to the Whites of Leeds and the Reds of Liverpool, the colors of the football jerseys were the defining factor behind the sobriquets. Real Madrid has always been linked with the color white. The ‘Merengues’ boast of football giants like Ronaldo, Zidane, Raul, Ronaldinho, Figo and Beckham who have proudly worn the club’s white soccer shirt. The national team of Brazil is sometimes referred to as the Auriverdes or the Green and Gold, after the national flag and the soccer gear colors. Legends such as Pele, Zico, Eder, Didi, Garrincha, Tostão, Cafu, Socrates, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho have worn the green and yellow Brazilian soccer shirts with national pride. After all, they’re not called ‘the selected ones’ or Seleçao for nothing! And then, of course, vibrant colors hold a prominent place in Latin American football. There are the El Tricolor of Mexico and the Rojas or Reds of Chile.

True Blue
If red is sprinkled all over the soccer landscape, blue dominates in all its hues! You’ve got the famous sky blue and whites, the Albicelestes of Argentina, the Blue Samurais of Japan, the Celeste from Uruguay, Les Bleus of France and the Italian Azzurri. Though the first Azzurri team played in white soccer shirts, they later adopted a blue strip representing the royal House of Savoy in 1911. The Dutch team, nicknamed the Oranje, also took up the color orange in honor of the noble House of Orange. In the 1970s when the team became known for its ‘precision passing’, it earned the name Clockwork Orange. It is also referred to as the Dutch Eleven by some.

Straight jacketed!
German’s, known for their straightforward approach, have assimilated it in their name – die Nationalmannschaft or the national team. It really doesn’t get more specific than this! But fans prefer to cheer them on as Deutschland or Germany. England’s national team are the Three Lions, named after their crest. Not very creative these names, but let’s move on to the cool, whacky and goofy!

It’s Different!
Greece’s team, the Pirate Ship, is by far the most creative name! Referring to the floating ship used during the Euro 2004 Championship’s opening ceremony, sportscasters started calling them by that name during their opening match against Portugal. Australia’s national team, the Socceroos, couldn’t be more representative of the country – marrying soccer with kangaroos! But when it comes to sheer sweetness, fans of the local Everton club win hands down. They call their players ‘the Toffees’ after two toffee shops that were once there!

So, that’s the weird and colored, literal and creative, local and national, world of football team names!

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