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Yep, thats Crittals Windows factory in the town before demolition a decade or so ago. Braintree Town FC were previously the Crittals athletic works side. When formed over a hundred years ago Crittals were a major local employer with a strong social conviction. They built the Cressing Road athletics stadium and employees paid to play for the football team. In those days the club didn't actually have a badge that being designed only 20 or so years ago by which time all ties with the business had ceased. Its also where our nickname "IRON" is derived. When you visit Old hospitals etc and see old steel window frames it is a fair bet they were made in one of the Crittals factories. With the advent of aluminium the company has declined but still do manufacture double glazing material from their Silver End and Witham plants.

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Are Bedford known as the Eagles because the play at the Eyrie or is the ground called the Eyrie because the Eagles play there? Either way how did the Bedford/Eagle thing come about? (Just thought I'd ask whilst we're on the subject of badges!)

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Thanks Iron knob. I didn't really expect any sensible answers.<p>Sadly I am not so well informed so can't answer the Eagles questions. I would think the ground became known as The Eyrie because the Eagles play there and I know that we were nicknamed the Eagles long before Crystal Palace got in on the act - that's what an article in the Independent claimed when we reformed in 1989 anyway.

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Indeed Crystal Palace should really be referred to as the Glaziers....which takes us back to Crittals Windows Factory.

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Tut Tut Bald Eagle, are you a Bedford Fan?<p>When I woz young and Bedford and Romford were in the Southern League Bedford's old ground was, I believe called the Eyrie. Could it be that is why Bedford's new ground is called the New Eyrie.<p>Did u not once give Arsenal or was it Everton, a tough time at the old ground?<p>Regards from the bottom of the pyramid, good luck next season.

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Yes Mr Whisperer, I am well aware that our old home was also called the Eyrie. It was a fine old ground that I had the pleasure of visiting on numerous occasions in my younger days.<p>That wasn't the question though. What I was unable to answer was which came first - the ground name or the nickname as both are obviously linked.<p>We've played both Arsenal and Everton. Arsenal won in a replay after a 2-2 draw at Highbury. All before my time.

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Something to do with the County badge perhaps? (even though the bird is actually a falcon, not an eagle).<p>


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Hi Mr Bird,<p>I agree, the old Eyrie was a good ground. Looks like the answer to your question could be before both our times. I would guess that BTFC are pretty pleased eith the New Eyrie.




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