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Nicknames of UK football teams

Many British football teams have nicknames, and the photos in this quiz are all related to the nicknames of various teams. The teams have one thing in common - they play in red, or red and white stripes. Can you match the team with the picture clue?

by Kankurette. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Manchester United

Manchester United's nickname is the Red Devils. They did not always play in red; one of their original kits as Newton Heath was gold and green, and it was not uncommon to see fans wearing these colours to games as a protest against the Glazer brothers. Formed in 1878 as Newton Heath, the club became Manchester United in 1902. They are one of Europe's most successful clubs, having enjoyed golden eras under Sir Matt Busby from 1945 to 1969, and under Sir Alex Ferguson from 1986 to 2013, when they dominated the Premier League and won the treble of the FA Cup, league title and Champions League in 1999.

The Manchester United club badge features a devil with a forked tail, holding a pitchfork. They took their inspiration from Salford Rugby Club, also nicknamed the Red Devils, and the devil became their official symbol in 1970.
2. Sunderland

Sunderland's nickname is the Black Cats. They were originally formed in 1879 and were made up of teachers. Although they originally wore blue, they switched to their trademark red and white stripes in 1884. They have a fierce rivalry with Newcastle United and a slightly less fierce one with Middlesbrough (comedian Bob Mortimer, a Middlesbrough fan, often made Sunderland jokes on the irreverent football/comedy podcast Athletico Mince). On the other hand, they are friendly with Dutch club Feyenoord due to Sunderland shipbuilders working in Feyenoord's home city of Rotterdam in the 1970s.

The 'Black Cats' nickname comes from the black cat featured on the team crest in the 1900s, as well as a black cat that lived in the team's ground, Roker Park. One Sunderland fan even took a black cat to the FA Cup final with him in 1937. (It worked and Sunderland won their first trophy.)
3. Stoke City

Stoke City's nickname is the Potters. They were formed as Stoke Ramblers in 1863, originally playing in navy and cardinal, but adopted the red-and-white striped kit in 1883. They were one of the twelve founding member clubs of the Football League. The great Stanley Matthews, who played until the ripe old age of fifty, was one of their most legendary players and spent a total of 19 years there. In more recent times, one of their most notable players was Rory Delap, known for his extraordinarily long throw-ins. His son Liam also played for Stoke, while on loan from Manchester City.

Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding area are historically famous for their local pottery industry, which is where the nickname of 'the Potters' comes from. The derby with rivals Port Vale is known as the Potteries Derby. As clay, salt, coal and lead were in plentiful supply in Staffordshire in the 17th century, it became a ceramics production centre. Major British ceramics companies such as Wedgwood and Royal Doulton were originally based in Stoke-on-Trent.
4. Southampton

Southampton FC's nickname is the Saints, and it stems from their origins as a church team, who formed at St Mary's Church, the civic church of Southampton. They were founded in 1885 and joined the Football League as Southampton St Mary's, but dropped the 'St Mary's' part. They have gained a reputation for a successful youth academy and many of their young players - such as Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale - going on to have careers at bigger clubs. Older Funtrivia players will either associate them with Mick Channon or (if you're a '90s child like me) Matt Le Tissier, both club legends.

Pictured here is 'The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs' by Fra Angelico, also known as 'All Saints'. The club crest features a football with a halo above it. 'When The Saints Go Marching In' has been adopted as the club's theme song.
5. Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest's nickname is the Trees, or the Tricky Trees (also the name of a Forest fanzine). Another nickname is 'the Garibaldi', as they picked their red kit in honour of the Italian general and his redshirt followers, and were the first football club in England to officially have red as a team colour. They were formed by a group of shinty players in 1865 and originally played their home games at Forest Racecourse. Under Brian Clough, they enjoyed one of their most successful periods, particularly in the late 1970s when they won the European Cup.

The oak pictured here isn't just any oak tree - it's the oak in Nottingham's Sherwood Forest, home of the legendary Robin Hood and his pals. The current club badge was introduced in 1974.
6. Arsenal

Arsenal FC, one of England's biggest teams and the first southern team to join the Football League, were originally known as Dial Square. They were named after a workshop in the Royal Arsenal complex in Woolwich (hence why fans of rivals Tottenham Hotspur call them 'Woolwich'), and the team consisted of munitions factory workers, hence their nickname of the Gunners. The club changed their name to Royal Arsenal and then to 'the Arsenal', before dropping the definite article. They won their first FA Cup (under Herbert Chapman), in 1930. Under Arsène Wenger, one of the Premier League's longest-running managers at 22 years, they were notable for going one whole season without a single loss in 2003-2004.

The cannon in the picture is similar to the one on Arsenal's club badge.
7. Brentford

Brentford FC's nickname is 'the Bees'. Although Brentford have a bee on their club badge, their nickname actually stems from the letter B; the story goes that Brentford fans chanted 'buck up, B's' at a match in the 1890s, and local papers misheard it as 'buck up, Bees'. Brentford originally wore navy blue and white, but have played in red and white since 1925, though they had a brief spell in the 1960-61 season where they wore gold and blue. It didn't stick. The club was formed by rowing club members in 1889 after a new recreational ground was opened. Under Thomas Frank, they were promoted to the Premier League in 2021 for the first time in their history.

The bee pictured here is Apis mellifera, a European honey bee.
8. Lincoln City

Lincoln City's nickname is 'the Imps'. They were formed in 1884 and turned professional in 1891, and have played in red and white stripes for most of their career. Their main rivals are Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United and, to a lesser extent, Boston United. They have spent most of their time in the lower leagues, and are notable for being the first club managed by Scunthorpe native Graham Taylor, who would later go on to have some success with Watford. Taylor was only 28 when he took over from David Herd in 1972. After a period in non-league, Lincoln returned to the Football League under Danny Cowley in 2017 and surprised football fans everywhere by knocking two Championship teams (Brighton & Hove Albion and Ipswich Town) and one Premier League team (Burnley) out of the 2017 FA Cup, reaching the quarter finals, a very rare achievement for a non-league club.

This little guy pictured here is the Lincoln Imp, who can be found on the Lincoln Cathedral. He is also the club's symbol. According to local legend, the Devil sent two imps to Lincoln to cause mischief, and when they entered the cathedral, they trashed the place until an angel told them to stop. One imp threw rocks at the angel and the angel turned him to stone, while the other imp fled; some legends say he fled to Grimsby, where the angel found him and turned him to stone as well.
9. Cheltenham Town

Cheltenham Town's nickname is 'the Robins', a nickname shared by Bristol City and Swindon Town. Their local rivals are Gloucester City and Forest Green, who are based in Nailsworth. They were founded by teacher Albert Close White in 1887, but did not turn semi-professional until many years later, in the 1932-33 season, when they also adopted their red and white kit. Like Lincoln City, they have spent most of their career around the lower divisions, but were promoted to the Football League in 1999 under Steve Cotterill. They dropped down into the fifth tier in 2015, but returned to League Two only a year later under Gary Johnson, and were promoted to League One in 2021 under Michael Duff.

The little bird pictured here is Erithacus rubecula, the European robin. Cheltenham's club badge has a minimalist red and white robin on it.
10. Exeter City

Exeter City's nickname is 'the Grecians', though the origins of the nickname are the subject of debate. Possible origins include a nickname for people living within the bounds of St Sidwells parish, outside the Exeter city walls, a local jeweller's shop with 'Grecians' on its clock, or the rivalries between city boys and St Sidwells boys during the 'beating of the bounds', a ceremony involving marking out a parish boundary line by beating local landmarks with branches. Exeter City were formed from the merger of two clubs, St Sidwells United and Exeter United, in 1901. They originally wore green and white, but changed to red and white in 1910. Rather than having a chairman, they are owned by a supporters' trust. Bizarrely, in 2002, Michael Jackson was made honorary director.

Pictured here is a piece of Greek (or Grecian) pottery, depicting the hero Heracles fighting the Amazons as one of his twelve tasks. This particular style of pottery, with red figures on a black background, is (fittingly) known as 'red-figure pottery'.
Source: Author Kankurette

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