The curious side of the Premier League: The nicknames of the 20 clubs

Jhe Premier League features clubs with a rich history behind them, and just look at their nicknames and shields to find out more.

Where do these nicknames come from? We look at the reason for everyone’s nickname premier league club.

Arsenal

The Gunners are named after the Royal Arsenal arms factory in Woolwich, a town southeast of the English capital. The Londoners’ coat of arms features a cannon in memory of the arms factory that gave it its nickname.

AstonVilla

The Birmingham-based club were one of the founding sides of the Premier League and are nicknamed ‘The Villans’. Its origin is linked to the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel, a former parish church which had a cricket team which passed down the name.

Bournemouth

Before the club had the color of cherries on their kit, the nickname ‘The Cherries’ was already part of the squad. This is because the stadium, Dean Court, was built next to a field of cherry trees.

Brentford

Their nickname came about by chance when a group of students from Borough Road College cheered on the Brentford players with their shout “Buck up, Bs”. A journalist thought he heard “bees”, hence their nickname.

The curious side of the Premier League: The nicknames of 20 clubs

Brighton

The club located near the sea is nicknamed “Les Mouettes” because of the number of seagulls present in the city. The nickname is so popular that it appears on the club crest.

chelsea

Nicknamed “The Blues” because of the color of their kit, they were also known as “The Blue Lions” because of the lion on their crest, a symbol of the City of London.

crystal palace

The club is currently called ‘The Eagles’ after Malcolm Allison revolutionized the club in 1973, adopting the nickname Benfica after a few difficult years. They were previously known as ‘The Glaziers’, glassmakers, due to the club’s origins in a glass palace.

The curious side of the Premier League: The nicknames of 20 clubs

Everton

Everton, another of the Premier League’s founding clubs, is known as “The Toffees” because its stadium is located next to shops that sell toffee.

Fulham

Their nickname “The Cottagers” is linked to the name of their stadium, Craven Cottage. It takes its name from the fact that it was built on the site of an earlier cottage called Craven Cottage.

The curious side of the Premier League: The nicknames of 20 clubs

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Leeds United

They were known as “The Peacocks”, which referred to a pub near the stadium. Today they are known as “The Whites” due to the color of their kit.

Leicester City

The club that won the Premier League in 2016 is known as ‘The Foxes’ because of the large number of animals that roamed the county of Leicestershire. The animal is on the club crest and in the team mascot, Filbert Fox.

The curious side of the Premier League: The nicknames of 20 clubs

liverpool

Known as “The Reds”, Liverpool derive their name from the color of their shirt. The color was introduced by Bill Shankly in 1964.

Manchester City

The team has two widely used nicknames. One is “The Skyblues” in reference to their kit, while the other is “The Citizens”. The latter differentiates them from Manchester City, which was founded four kilometers from the city.

Manchester United

The club was previously known as the ‘Busby Babes’ due to the great generation of footballers who played under Matt Busby. The name was dropped after the Munich air disaster, with the team later adopting “The Red Devils”, a rugby club from which Busby took inspiration.

The curious side of the Premier League: The nicknames of 20 clubs

Newcastle United

‘The Magpies’ refers to their black and white kit which recalls the colors of the bird.

Nottingham Forest

Robin Hood’s town team are known as “The Tricky Trees”, but better known as “The Reds” due to their equipment.

Southampton

Their nickname “The Saints” refers to the members of St. Mary’s Church, who founded the club and named the stadium after the parish.

The curious side of the Premier League: The nicknames of 20 clubs

Tottenham Hotspur

Henry Percy, an English nobleman and an important military figure during the Anglo-Scottish Wars and known as Harry Hotspur, is the origin of their nickname “Spurs”.

West Ham

The origin of the club comes from the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company, hence the nickname ‘The Hammers’, who are represented in the crest of the London team.

Wanderers of Wolverhampton

They were first known as “Wanderers”, which was a club that Wolverhampton merged with. They are now nicknamed “The Wolves”, a shortening of the main name, with the animal also appearing on their crest.

The curious side of the Premier League: The nicknames of 20 clubs

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