Why Do Clubs Have Their Nicknames?


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.