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Monday 5 October 2015

The cruellest nicknames in sport, from Maradona to Crouch

By Jimmy Leach

Published 23/08/2013

<b>The Sherminator (Ian Bell)</b><br/>
Australian spinner Shane Warne mocked Bell in the 2005 Ashes series, comparing him to The Sherminator from the American Pie movies.
The Sherminator (Ian Bell)
Australian spinner Shane Warne mocked Bell in the 2005 Ashes series, comparing him to The Sherminator from the American Pie movies.
Mrs. Doubtfire (Colin Montgomerie)
Colin Montgomerie was long the subject of cruel mockery from American fans who took his weight and his Scottishness and came up with 'Mrs Doubtfire', after the cross-dressing nanny in the Robin Williams film. Monty gained his ample revenge with his Ryder Cup record.
Trigger (Jason McAteer)
Bolton, Liverpool, Blackburn and Republic of Ireland midfielder McAteer was, so legend has it, not the sharpest knife in the drawer. The probably apocryphal tale of him asking for a pizza to be cut into four, not eight, as he 'wasn't that hungry' was part of the aura of being unlikely to trouble the Nobel judges quite yet. Hence his likening to the amiable but mentally adrift character from Only Fools and Horses.
Rodney (Peter Crouch)
Only Fools and Horses has been the inspiration for nicknames on more than one occasion, in this instance in reference to Tottenham's new signing, the lanky Peter Crouch. The tall (and slightly gormless looking) England forward has a certain likeness to Del Boy's younger brother.
Duncan Disorderly (Duncan Ferguson)
The Rangers, Everton and (occasionally Scotland) striker had a reputation of a man who enjoyed his hobbies and wasn't averse to the physical side of life either. The pigeon-fancying forward, jailed for head-butting an opponent, enjoyed the rumbustious nickname, as well as The Birdman of Barlinnie, after his time behind bars.
Psycho (Stuart Pearce)
The Nottingham Forest and England fullback was christened Psycho affectionately by his own fans but his hardman status was less well received by referees and was revived recently when, as England under-21 coach, he clearly lost his temper on the touchline and the Psycho tag became even less dignified.
Dissa (Neil Pointon)
The Manchester City, Oldham and Everton fullback was a consistent, if unspectacular performer whose willingness was not matched by his skill. His Dissa-Pointon nickname was only really true if you expected much more from him.
Sicknote (Darren Anderton)
The former Tottenham and England winger always seemed a rather fragile thing (though he often protested otherwise). His injury record was actually not THAT bad, but his absences from the first team earned him his Sicknote soubriquet.
The Eagle (Eddie Edwards)
Britain's first ski jumper, at the 1988 Olympics was something of a gallant failure ? his eccentric enthusiasm far outstripping his performance.
The Eel (Eric Moussambani)
Eric The Eel swam in the 2000 Olympic Games, despite having only taken up the sport in January. His insistence on keeping his head above water at all times and his less-than-refined action endeared him to worldwide audiences. He was only there due to a programme which allowed 'athletes' who had not met the qualifying mark to take part so as to encourage participation.
The Butcher of Bilbao (Andoni Goikoetxea)
A nickname based largely on one tackle where he shredded the ligaments of a young Diego Maradona (pictured) while playing for Atletico Bilbao. Nor was it an accident of the part of the uncompromising defender ? who kept the boot that committed the crime in a glass case at home.
The King of Spain (Ashley Giles)
In his testimonial year at Warwickshire in 2000, the England spinner had mugs printed King of Spin. A printing error had the original emerge as King of Spain in the Ashes series of 2005, England fans sang Viva Espana in his honour.

Some of the cruellest - and funniest - nicknames given to sports stars.

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Source: Independent

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