Gerry wrote

> GR: Soccer matches are attended by irrational (and overly
excitable) fans. Since I always thought the English and British flag
both were "the Union Jack" I'm fairly certain you'll tell me
something different.

Yes Gerry, the English flag is the Cross of St George, a red vertical
cross on a white background. The United Kingdom Flag is the Union
Jack, created in the 1804 Act of Union - it includes the Welsh Cross
of Saint David - a vertical white cross on a blue bacground, the
Scottish Cross of St Andrew (a horizontal white cross on a blue
background) and the Irish Cross of Saint Patrick (a horizontal Red
Cross on a white background). Join all these up together and it
creates the Union Jack (which is why it is called "Union" - as it was
conceived of as the Union of four separate states).