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In Niort, buff is not what you think !

Curiosity Julien - Animateur web By Julien - Animateur web, the 28 February 2014

Friday, February 21st, I went to see the buff ! No, I have not done more than 700 kilometers to go to the Alps. I am actually stayed at Niort and I counted eleven ! Eleven buff who ran on a green rectangle. Well you surely understood. I 'm not talking about the animal that inhabits our mountains but I'm talking about players from professional football club Niort. But why such a name for our football team ? Is there a relationship with Hill St. Andrew ? No, you have to go a little lower, near the Sèvre niortaise, Boinot old factory, to understand the origin of the name.

From the thirteenth century, the chamois - after soaking sheepskins in fish oils - is a very profitable business for the town of Niort. Many “Chamoiseries” are created and half of the population works there. The activity of “chamoiseurs” declined after the Second World War in 1945. The adventure will still lasted 7 centuries !

That's the quick story. What is the link with the football you say? Expect to see : in 1925 , Charles Boinot, Theophile Boinot’s son, President Chamoiseries, created the first football club in the city and called "Chamois Niort FC". Club logo represents a chamois standing on a ball on a blue background. Even supporters name is appropriate since the group of active fans named "Unicamox 79", "Camox" meaning "buff” in Latin.

Now he 'll just go for a ride on the side of René Gaillard Stadium to see the chamois 2 legs !

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