What’s in a nickname? They all have them, but have you ever wondered what a club’s nickname actually means? Here are some of the more unusual titles to be found in English football.
Arsenal – The Gunners
The North Londoners were founded by locals working in an ammunition factory.
Chelsea – The Pensioners
Named in honour of the local pensioners at the nearby Royal Hospital.
Everton – The Toffees
Back in the 1950′s and 60′s women dressed in white and blue would around before the match throwing toffees into the crowd.
Manchester City – The Citizens
Simply taken from the word “City”.
Manchester United – Red Devils
The name once belonged to a local rugby league team in Salford, Manchester.
Norwich – The Canaries
Once upon a time canary bird breeding was all the rage in Norfolk.
Reading – The Biscuit-men
A local biscuit factory is behind this amusing title.
Stoke City – The Potters
The men from the Britannia stadium are named after the local pottery industry in Stoke.
Sunderland – Black Cats
A lucky black cat has been spotted in club pictures, sitting next on a football next to the Chairman in 1905 and even before the clubs FA Cup final victory in 1973.
West Ham – The Hammers
The club started it’s days as the Thames Ironworks football team.