Below is a table with Go Ahead Eagles' domestic results since the introduction of professional football in 1956.
After almost two decades in the second division, Go Ahead won promotion to the Eredivisie at the end of the 2012–13 season, winning the promotion play-offs. The club will remain in the top division for the 2014–15 season having finished thirteenth in the 2013–14 Eredivisie.
PeacocksHibernians (MLT)Hibernians are the Peacocks, since the bird features in the coat of arms of their home town, Paola. England's Leeds United were once Peacocks too, because they played near the city's Old Peacock pub.
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1950-51 PSV (3/22) 1951-52 Willem II (2/3) 1952-53 RCH (2/2) 1953-54 EVV 1954-55 Willem II (3/3) 1955-56 Rapid JC
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1920-21 NAC 1921-22 Go Ahead (2/4) 1922-23 RCH (1/2) 1923-24 Feyenoord (1/14) 1924-25 Craeyenhout (3/3) 1925-26 SC Enschede 1926-27 Heracles (1/2) 1927-28 Feyenoord (2/14) 1928-29 PSV (1/22) 1929-30 Go Ahead (3/4)
From the Bluebirds of Cardiff City to the Woodpeckers of Ascoli, UEFA.com surveys the feathered friends which have inspired European football clubs.
The Go Ahead Eagles were famously the only side to defeat Ajax in any competition during the 1971–72 season, when they beat Ajax 3–2 at De Adelaarshorst in the Eredivisie. They have played in the Europacup II once, in the 1965–66 season. They lost in the first round to Celtic.
1900-01 HVV (4/10) 1901-02 HVV (5/10) 1902-03 HVV (6/10) 1903-04 Craeyenhout (1/3) 1904-05 HVV (7/10) 1905-06 Craeyenhout (2/3) 1906-07 HVV (8/10) 1907-08 Quick 1908-09 Sparta (1/6) 1909-10 HVV (9/10)
The club was founded in 1902 as Be Quick, by the brothers 'Hollander'. The name was soon changed to Go Ahead at the request of the Dutch Football Association. The suffix Eagles was added in 1971, following a suggestion from the then coach, Barry Hughes. The eagle is the charge in the coat of arms of the city of Deventer.
The club bounced back to the Eredivisie on the first attempt in May 2016, after beating De Graafschap this time around (5–2 on aggregate) in the promotion/relegation play-offs.
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WoodpeckersAscoli (ITA)According to legend, the club's home city of Ascoli Piceno was founded by Sabine tribesfolk, who were led westward from central Italy by a woodpecker. Alternatively, the Piceni tribe had a woodpecker as their totem. Either way, Il Picchio (the woodpecker) is what Ascoli fans call the club.
Go Ahead Eagles biggest rivals are PEC Zwolle. Both clubs are located at the river IJssel, hence the name IJssel-derby. In the early years Go Ahead was the best club in the region but since the relegation to the Dutch First Division in 1987, Zwolle has won most derbies.
1930-31 Ajax (3/33) 1931-32 Ajax (4/33) 1932-33 Go Ahead (4/4) 1933-34 Ajax (5/33) 1934-35 PSV (2/22) 1935-36 Feyenoord (3/14) 1936-37 Ajax (6/33) 1937-38 Feyenoord (4/14) 1938-39 Ajax (7/33) 1939-40 Feyenoord (5/14)
They have produced a number of notable players, such as Raimond van der Gouw, René Eijkelkamp, Marc Overmars, Paul Bosvelt, Jan Kromkamp, Victor Sikora, Bert van Marwijk and Demy de Zeeuw, whilst providing Henk ten Cate and Leo Beenhakker with their first tastes of management.
Song ThrushesWest Bromwich Albion (ENG)Now more commonly known as the Baggies, West Brom were originally known as the Throstles – the local name for song thrushes, which nested in abundance around their home stadium, The Hawthorns.
RobinsBristol City (ENG)Newtown (WAL)Bristol City were named because their red shirts and white shorts resemble the plumage of a robin.
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The Go Ahead Eagles (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɡoː əˈɦɛt ˈiɡəls]) are a Dutch football club from Deventer, as of 2016[update] playing in the Eredivisie. The club's home stadium is De Adelaarshorst. The club won the national championship in 1917, 1922, 1930 and 1933.
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1940-41 Heracles (2/2) 1941-42 ADO (1/2) 1942-43 ADO (2/2) 1943-44 De Volewijckers 1944-45 Not Played 1945-46 HFC Haarlem 1946-47 Ajax (8/33) 1947-48 BVV 1948-49 SVV 1949-50 Limburgia
1888-89 VV Concordia 1889-90 HFC (1/3) 1890-91 HVV (1/10) 1891-92 RAP (1/5) 1892-93 HFC (2/3) 1893-94 RAP (2/5) 1894-95 HFC (3/3) 1895-96 HVV (2/10) 1896-97 RAP (3/5) 1897-98 RAP (4/5) 1898-99 RAP (5/5) 1899-00 HVV (3/10)
CrowsKošice (SVK)The Vraňare are named in honour of the crows that flock around their home town, especially in the city's park. The Crows' nickname is used most often when local clubs take on rivals from nearby Presov (whose football and hockey sides are both nicknamed Koňare – the horses) with Crows v Horses games representing the biggest derbies in eastern Slovakia.
MagpiesNewcastle United (ENG)Notts County (ENG)An English-only phenomenon – and not surprisingly, both of England's Magpies are so named because they wear black-and-white shirts, with two magpies also appearing on the badge of Notts County, the world's oldest professional football club.
1910-11 Sparta (2/6) 1911-12 Sparta (3/6) 1912-13 Sparta (4/6) 1913-14 HVV (10/10) 1914-15 Sparta (5/6) 1915-16 Willem II (1/3) 1916-17 Go Ahead (1/4) 1917-18 Ajax (1/33) 1918-19 Ajax (2/33) 1919-20 Be Quick 1887
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SwiftsDungannon Swifts (NIR)Founded in 1949, the Northern Irish club have the small swallow-like bird in their name and on their crest.
DovesAPEP Kyperounda (CYP) Omonia Aradippou (CYP)A symbol of hope, the Dove appears on the Cyprus national team badge, and is also an important symbol for two of the country's clubs. APEP's emblem shows a dove carrying an envelope, while Omonia Aradippou's badge features two doves, which is also the club's nickname.
StorksDen Haag (NED)Storks were once common in the Hague, and have been the symbol of the city since the 1500s, explaining why they also appear on the club's badge.
SwallowsBrescia (ITA)The Serie B side are called the Rondinelle (little swallows) because of the white v-shape in their blue shirts.
MallardsBallinamallard United (NIR)The Northern Irish club are nicknamed in honour of the duck that appears in the name of their home town – Ballinamallard, incidentally, means 'ford-mouth of the curses' and actually has nothing to do with mallards.
BluebirdsCardiff City (ENG)Bluebirds, it should be noted, are not native to South Wales, with the club's nickname deriving from the colour of their shirts and the swallow on their badge.
Blue PigeonsSpartak Subotica (SRB)The Subotica side were named in honour of the colour of their shirts, the blue-grey shade being known as pigeon blue in Serbia. Local fans liked the symbolism of the common bird too, inspired by the thought of their club flying high in the sky. Incidentally, the team now wear more conventional blue-and-white striped shirts, but the old pigeon blue tone can be seen on their badge and on the flag supporters display in the north side of their home stadium.