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

The Premier League features clubs with a rich history behind them, and you only have to look at their nicknames and shields to find out more.

Where do these nicknames come from? We take a look at the reason for the nickname of each Premier League club.

Arsenal

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

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

Aston Villa

The Birmingham based club was one of the founding teams of the Premier League and is nicknamed ‘The Villans’. Its origin is related to the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel, a former parish church that had a cricket team that passed on the name.

Bournemouth

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

Brentford

Their nickname happened by chance when a group of Borough Road College students cheered for Brentford players with their cry ‘Buck up, Bs’. A journalist thought he heard ‘bees’, giving birth to their nickname.

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

Brigthon

The club that is located close to the sea is nicknamed ‘The Seagulls’ due to the number of seagulls found in the town. The nickname is so popular it is featured on the club’s crest.

Chelsea

Nicknamed ‘The Blues’ due to the colour of their kit, they were also known as the ‘The Blue Lions’ due to the lion on their crest, which is a symbol for the city of London.

Crystal Palace

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

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

Everton

Another of the founding Premier League clubs, Everton are known as ‘The Toffees’ because their stadium is located next to stores that sell toffee.

Fulham

Their nickname ‘The Cottagers’ is related to the name of their stadium, Craven Cottage. It got its name from the fact it was built on the site of a former cottage called Craven Cottage.

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

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Leeds United

They used to be known as ‘The Peacocks’, which referred to a pub near the stadium. Today they are known as ‘The Whites’ due to colour of their kit.

Leicester City

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

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

Liverpool

Known as ‘The Reds’, Liverpool get their name from the colour of their kit. The colour was introduced by Bill Shankly in 1964.

Manchester City

The team have 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 kilometres outside the city.

Manchester United

The club were previously known as the ‘Busby Babes’ because of the great generation of footballers that played under Matt Busby. The name was dropped after the Munich air disaster, with the team later adopting ‘The Red Devils’, a rugby club Busby was inspired by.

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

Newcastle United

‘The Magpies’ refers to their black and white kit which is a reminder of the colours of the bird.

Nottingham Forest

The team from the city of Robin Hood is known as ‘The Tricky Trees’, but best known as ‘The Reds’ due to their kit.

Southampton

Their nickname ‘The Saints’ refers to the members of Saint Mary’s Church, which founded the club and named the stadium after the parish.

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

Tottenham Hotspur

Henry Percy, an English nobleman and important military figure during the Anglo-Scottish wars and known as Harry Hotspur, is behind their ‘Spurs’ nickname.

West Ham

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

Wolverhampton Wanderers

They were first known as ‘Wanderers’, which was a club with which Wolverhampton merged. 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 the 20 clubs