Ever wondered why Everton are called "The Toffees", Newcastle the "Magpies" or Chelsea "The Pensioners" ????
Well, this site will try explain the whys, what, who and when behind the sometimes baffling world of football nicknames, sometimes of course the true origins have been lost in time and only myths remain., in those cases we will try to differentiate between fact and fantasy.
Then again sometimes the origin of a football teams nickname is so obvious it doesnt really need an explanation but that still doesnt stop the history of them being fascinating, apart from the obvious boring ones - which I wont mention to save offending anyone.
The exact definition of a nickname is;
a: A descriptive name added to or replacing the actual name of a person, place, or thing.
b: A familiar or shortened form of a proper name.
Given the above definition though its easy to see why the likes of Tottenham (Spurs), Hartlepool (Pool) and Bristol Rovers (Rovers) got their nicknames.
However, its harder to work out how some nicknames fall under that definition, for example surely only a fan of Lincoln would know why they were known as The Red Imps?
The answer of course being a combination of the colour of their strips and the fact that an Imp statue sits on top of Lincoln cathedral !!
The colour of strips has also featured in some of the more bizarre nicknames as well, one of the more extreme ones being Lancaster City who are known as The Dolly Blues because they used to play in the same colour as Dolly Blue washing tablets !!
Not all football teams actually use their nicknames in any sort of official capacity but some have been known to go over the top in claiming "ownership" of their nickname.
These teams will remain nameless to save me getting into trouble but suffice to say the team concerned have actually taken people to court for using a nickname that had grown from supporter use but had nothing to do with the club until they realised its worth on their official merchandise !!
Anyway, enough of that sort of thing, this site is purely about giving football fans a bit of background to their teams nickname and how they came about, hopefully it will give you a bit of info you didnt already know and maybe clear up a bit of the mystery surrounding football nicknames and their history.
It is a brand new site which is very much a "work in progress" which will be updated as and when we can so if your team isnt listed yet please dont think "fancy not having my team, what a rubbish site" as we will get round to listing them all in time - of course if you want to drop us a mail with your team Nicknames background we will gladly stick it on here for you, saves us doing the work !!!
In the meantime we have shown a few cartoons below portraying some of the teams featured on the site, wonder how many you can name ???
(NOTE - Team links at the bottom of the page)
Arsenal - The Gunners ...... see why here
Aston Villa - The Villans ..... see why here
Bolton Wanderers - The Trotters ..... see why here
Crystal Palace - The Glaziers (Eagles) .... see why here
Derby County - The Rams ..... see why here
Everton - The Toffees .... see why here
Grimsby Town - The Mariners .... see why here
Hull City - The Tigers ..... see why here
Leicester City - The Foxes ..... see why here
Lincoln City - The Imps ..... see why here
Liverpool - The Reds ..... see why here
Luton Town - The Hatters ..... see why here
Millwall - The Lions ..... see why here
Newcastle United - The Magpies ..... see why here
Norwich City - The Canaries ..... see why here
Nottingham Forest - The Forresters ..... see why here
Notts County - The Magpies ..... see why here
Oldham Athletic - The Latics ..... see why here
Plymouth Argyle - The Pilgrims ..... see why here
Portsmouth - The Pompey ..... see why here
Preston North End - The Lilywhites ..... see why here
Sheffield United - The Blades ..... see why here
Sheffield Wednesday - The Owls ..... see why here
Southampton - The Saints ..... see why here
Stoke City - The Potters ..... see why here
Sunderland - The Black Cats ..... see why here
Tottenham Hotspur - The Spurs . see why here
West Bromwich Albion - The Throstles ..... see why here
West Ham United - The Hammers ..... see why here
Wolverhampton Wanderers - The Wolves - ..... see why here
LOADS more to follow .......