Top 10 nicknames in Premier League history
Footballers are often an unintelligent bunch, but occasionally they have sparks of innovation and create amusing nicknamesfor their peers. When this is cobined with the dry humour of fans and pundits, the results are impressive. Here are ten of the best from the Premier League:
10. Dennis Bergkamp – The non-flying Dutchman
With his fear of all things flying, Arsenal and Holland missed out on some classic Bergkamp performances (as shown by his quarter final performance in 1998). Still, at least it means he got a clever nickname based on a ghost ship from nautical folklore.
9. Paul Ritchie – Mawbawsa
When looking for a footballer’s nickname, if in doubt go for the smutty. So former Oldham Athletic player Paul Ritchie got the rude treatment with a name that refers to scrotal uncomfort, if you will.
8. Duncan Ferguson – Duncan Disorderly
With nine career red cards, a three-month jail term for a headbutt whilst playing for Rangers and three other assaults on his criminal record, a fairly apt moniker for the former Everton striker.
7. Nicolas Anelka – Le Incredible Sulk
Known for his tantrums, which led him playing for no less than five Premier League clubs, inspire this comic-related pun.
6. Gilles de Bilde – Bob
How to mix a former Sheffield Wednesday striker with an annoying kids animated character voiced by Neil Morrisey. Easy.
5.Neil Pointon – Disser
Unsure whether this gag is a reflection on the ability of the former Oldham Athletic man, or simply to good an opportunity to pass up on.
4.Neil Warnock – Colin
Attributed to Warnock by fans of Doncaster Rovers during his time at the club. Take the letters in Colin out of Neil Warnock and you are left with the following letters: w-a-n-k-e-r. Clever.
3. David N’gog – Wash
Pronounce his way in the correct French way (as in n’go) and this nickname gives a lovely hair related nickname.
2. Kiki Musampa – Chris
When the former Manchester City midfielder revealed that his teammates called him Chris, many were left scratching their heads. Until Yuletide anyway.
1. Fitz Hall – One size
The standard to which all others much aim to match. Classic wordplay from an industry rarely known for its clever humour.