Nine of the best nicknames in football – in honour of Fitz Hall

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Since it’s Fitz Hall’s birthday, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the best nicknames in football, featuring players from Manchester United, Newcastle, Manchester City and Leeds.

Fitz Hall

The birthday boy and the inspiration behind this list.

Former Crystal Palace, Wigan, QPR and Watford defender Hall is known as One Size because, y’know, One Size Fitz Hall.

Marc Goodfellow

Every year, on September 20, Goodfellow’s friends and family sing happy birthday to the former Stoke winger.

Then they follow it up with three cheers.

And then they sing his nickname, Freezer.

Freezer Jolly Goodfellow, right?

Shola Ameobi

Bobby Robson was never the best with names.

Once, he entered a lift with England captain Bryan Robson and said cheerily: “Hello, Bobby.”

“I’m Bryan,” the skipper replied. “You’re Bobby.”

Likewise, a reporter was once left disappointed after asking Ameobi what his Newcastle team-mates called him, only to be told: “Shola.”

The journalist then asked the striker what his manager called him.

“He calls me Carl Cort.”

Kiki Musampa

A topical one at this time of year.

One-time Manchester City loanee Musampa was affectionately know as Chris.

Work it out.

Chris Smalling

We love Louis van Gaal, to be honest. He’s just a bit mad, isn’t he?

There was the falling over on the sideline, that weird scream of ‘Louis van Gaal’s Red Army’, that time he danced on a boat at Pride in Amsterdam.

Oh, and for some reason he kept calling Smalling ‘Mike’.

“Even when we’re going to games and getting off the coach, it’s all ‘Mike, Mike, Mike’, and even though it can get annoying, it’s one of those which is just going to stick with me and I’ve got to roll with it,” Smalling told BT Sport in 2015.

“It’s not Mike in the dressing room but I think every fan knows me as Mike now.”

Derek Hales

Everyone knows a Killer, but few have earned the name as much as Hales without… well, without actually killing anyone probably.

The moniker was partly because of the striker’s deadly finishing for Charlton, for whom he scored 168 goals. He also used to help out at his family’s butchers, adorned with slaughterhouse, and was once sent off in an FA Cup tie for fighting with his own team-mate.

We are quite scared of him like him.

Norman Hunter

When Brian Clough started his fateful spell as Leeds United manager, he turned to fearsome defender Norman ‘Bites Yer Legs’ Hunter and said: “Hunter, you’re a dirty bastard and everyone hates you. I know everyone likes to be loved, and you’d like to be loved too, wouldn’t you?”

Hunter replied:  “Actually I couldn’t give a f*ck.”

Similarly, when Les Cocker was once told Hunter had broken a leg, the physio asked: “Whose is it?”

Michael Mancienne

We’ve only seen the odd reference to this in the corners of the internet (one bloke has tweeted it about four times) so are not entirely certain if it is true or not.

But if former Chelsea defender Mancienne is not known as Haunted then we give up.

David N’Gog

You know the one. Liverpool. Striker. A bit naff. Bolton as well. Had to deny he went missing in France once.

Yes, that’s the one.

Anyway. His nickname is Wash apparently. Wash N’Gog. Wash N’Go.

Oh forget it. Never mind.

Any more to add? Tweet us at @planetfutebol.


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