About the Crest

The crest for BCS XI reflects the club’s rich surroundings. The shield in the center contains elements from the city seals of Boston (bottom) Cambridge (left) and Somerville (right). At the center is an antique style soccer ball; a nod to the tradition of the game which unites the members who live in the different towns. Each side of the shield is supported by a raven, commonly regarded as the most intelligent of birds, and  each bird standing upon a book, which is a reference to the large number of colleges and universities in the area. The banner lists the city names of the team, and the team name is centered on the bottom of the crest. The “Eleven” in BCS XI refers to the number of players on the pitch and is a reminder that each position is important. The team is stronger than the individual.

The idea of the Eleven comes from teams like London XI and Copenhagen XI.

The London XI was an association football representative team, specially created to take part in the 1955-58 edition of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the precursor of today's UEFA Cup. It was decided to create a team especially for the tournament, using the best players from each London-based club. Membership of the team varied considerably between matches. BCS XI strives to have the best players in the metro area and the best eleven on the field.

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