Sometimes, a football club’s nickname holds significant meaning

Readers respond to Matthew Engel and Richard Whitehead’s article on the nicknames of sporting teams

Your intriguing article (Buddies and Honest Men: Scotland claim prize in nicknames World Cup, 23 December) mentioned that, for reasons unknown, Dunfermline FC goes by the nickname the Pars. According to a friend from Fife, the nickname originated in the early days of the club, when the players were known for their post-match activities in the club bar rather than their performance on the field, and thus became known as the Paralytics.

Mike Pender


How could Matthew Engel and Richard Whitehead overlook one of the most well-known Scottish football club nicknames, belonging to a club with the dignified motto of “ludere causa ludendi” and a history almost as long as the Guardian’s?

Jim McNicol


It was encouraging to read that there are still people who refer to Bradford Northern as the Steam Pigs. The nickname Bulls, as ridiculous as it may be, is not as unfavorable as Rhinos, which has been associated with Leeds. Rugby union can be just as bad, for example, Sale Sharks.

John Parkin

Nuneaton, Warwickshire

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