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Discussion in 'Premier League: News and Analysis' started by ttrevett, Jul 29, 2003.

  1. ttrevett

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    I've been a fan of the Premiership for about four years now, but I still have a hard time following the news/tickers/postings regarding teams and supporters nicknames. There are official nicknames, which some teams seem to go by, namely Hotspurs/Spurs for Tottenham, and Rovers for Blackburn, but other teams don't seem to have these nicknames, Arsenal ???, Everton ???. Then there are nicknames like Scousers, for some team's supporters. I would love some clarifiaction, or direction to a helpful site if possible.
     


  2. AvidSinger

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    Arsenal -- Gunners
    Aston Villa -- Villains
    Barnsley -- Tykes
    Birmingham -- Blues
    Blackburn -- Rovers
    Bolton -- Trotters
    Boston U -- Pilgrims
    Bradford -- Bantams
    Burnley -- Clarets
    Cardiff -- Bluebirds
    Crystal Palace -- Palace
    Derby County -- Rams
    Everton -- Toffees
    Fulham -- Cottagers
    Gillingham -- Gills
    Grimsby -- Mariners
    Leicester City -- Foxes
    Liverpool -- Reds
    Luton -- Hatters
    Man City -- City
    Man U -- Red Devils
    Middlesbrough -- Boro
    Millwall -- Lions
    Newcastle -- Magpies, Toon
    Northampton -- Cobblers
    Nottingham F -- Forest
    Oldham -- Latics
    Peterborough -- Posh
    Portsmouth -- Pompey
    Reading -- Royals
    Rushden & Diamonds -- Diamonds
    Sheffield U -- Blades
    Sheffield W -- Owls
    Southampton -- Saints
    Sunderland -- Black Cats
    Swansea -- Swans
    Tottenham -- Spurs
    West Ham -- Hammers
    Wimbledon -- Dons
    Wolverhampton -- Wolves
     
  3. michaec

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    Not all teams here in England have suffixes to their names such as United, Rovers, City etc. Where they do there will generally be some kind of historical reason for it. All teams will have a nickname of some kind (for the two you mentioned Arsenal are the Gunners and Everton are the Toffees), it's just not used as part of the club name as they are in the US.

    Scousers refer to people from Liverpool, rather than Liverpool FC supporters, although it is frequently used this way when referring to LFC supporters. There's a lot of this about too, Newcastle supporters will often be referred to as Geordies for example although Geordie is a term for people from Newcastle whether they support the team or not.
     
  4. ttrevett

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    Thanks guys, now what about other supporter's nicknames?
     


  5. DevilDave

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    Just a few additions to the list above...

    Brighton & Hove Albion - Seagulls
    Cambridge United - The U's
    Coventry City - Sky Blues
    Ipswich Town - Tractor Boys
    Norwich City - Canaries
    Oxford United - also The U's
    Walsall - Saddlers

    And of course,
    West Bromwich Albion - Baggies (and the far less-oft used Throstles)
     
  6. michaec

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    I'll try London at least

    Arsenal - Gunners
    Tottenham - Spurs, Lillywhites
    Chelsea - Blues
    West Ham - Hammers
    Fulham - Cottagers
    Charlton - Addicks
    QPR - R's, Super Hoops
    Leyton Orient - O's
    Brentford - Bees
    Crystal Palace - Palace
    Millwall - Lions
    Wimbledon - Dons
    Barnet - Bees
    Dagenham & Redbridge - Daggers
     
  7. Mobile

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    Scottish clubs have some great nicknames:

    Motherwell - The Steelmen
    Dumbarton - Sons of the Rock
    Partick Thistle - The Jags
    Dundee Utd - The Arabs
    Celtic - The Bhoys
    Ayr Utd - The Honest Men
    Hearts - Jam Tarts

    There are more but I can't remember them.
     
  8. AvidSinger

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    Man U -- The ugly, disgusting mutants that like to gang bang each other in the locker room and never shower

    At least, that's what it SHOULD be.
     
  9. ttrevett

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    Anyone know where this came from?
     
  10. ttrevett

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    Tell us how you really feel....
     
  11. DevilDave

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    I think it has to do with some mock Irish pronunciation/spelling of "boys".
     
  12. kopiteinkc

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    I think Fulham have the greatest nickname of all. Dirty poofters!
     
  14. worldsoccer-Jeff

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    Harchester United-Dragons
     
  15. Albion + England

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    Or just, 'the Albion'
     
  16. AFCA

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    Spurs supporters still called yids?

    Or is this a big no-no in the politically correct environment of the EPL?
     
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    They still get called yids but only 'unofficially' - you'd never hear them called that by a TV commentator, for example.
     
  18. AvidSinger

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    Why, what is "yid" supposed to mean and where does it come from?
     
  19. DevilDave

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    Of course... but given the title of this thread, wouldn't that be like Manure supporters calling their club "United"?

    Besides, other clubs (Brighton, Stirling etc.) also lay claim to 'the Albion.' (Though of course we know which club was the first Albion.)
     
  20. gdiersing

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    Abbreviation for Yiddish, as in Jewish.

    Google is your friend, you should visit more often.
     
  21. AFCA

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    yid is not a strange word. I believe 'jiddisch' (jewish) is an abbrevation from hebrewic in some sort of way.

    Dutch jews talk about 'jid' and 'jiddisch' anyway (mostly the latter as it the former has a bit of a disrespectful load).

    Anyway, Ajax and Tottenham supporters share the same nickname. Not that I care :D

    Edit: Like in the above post :D My bad.
     
  22. Mobile

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    AFCA - do Ajax fans call themselves yids, like Spurs do (i.e. with their 'Yid Army' chants)?
     
  23. Joe E

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    there was a contoversy about this recently when that nobjockey david dein at arsenal said spurs fans invited anti-semitism by calling ourselves yids and fans who used it should be banned. Almost all spurs fans, jewish and non-jewish, use the term and cause no offence. Unfortuneately arsenal and chelsea fans seem to think singing about auschwitz is just hilarious, and spurs fans originally started using the yid army chant as a response to this kind of abuse.
     
  24. AFCA

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    [​IMG]

    I think this answers your question :D

    BTW, the whole yid thing started in A'dam kind of like it did at Spurs.
     
  25. Californiaspurs

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    Unofficial nicknames

    Unofficial nicknames, some complementary and some not, of Prem teams that I know of, or have heard them refered to as:

    Arsenal = gooners, pykies, filth, arse
    Aston Villa = villans, brummies
    Birmingham City = blue noses, blues, brum, brummies, zulus
    Bolton Wanderers = ?
    Blackburn Rovers = ?
    Charlton Athletic = addicks
    Chelsea = blues, chelscum, pensioners, fulham
    Everton = toffees, toffeemen, scousers
    Fulham = whites, cottagers
    Leeds Utd = whites
    Leicester City = foxes
    Liverpool = reds, kop, scousers
    Manchester Utd = red devils, rags, mancs, munichs
    Manchester City = blues, citeh, mancs, guvnors
    Middlesbrough = boro
    Newcastle United = magpies, barcodes, geordies
    Portsmouth = pompey
    Southampton = saints
    Tottenham Hotspur = spurs, lilywhites, yiddos, yids, cockerals
    Wolverhampton Wand. = wolves, dingles

    Sorry Bolton and Blackburn, can't think of any nicknames for you lot. Please advise.
     

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