List of nicknames used in Australian rules football

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This is a list of nicknames used for people and clubs in Australian rules football.

Players in the modern era (1987-now)[edit]

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Players prior to the modern era I (1920–1987)[edit]

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Players prior to the modern era II (from the origins of the game to 1920)[edit]

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  • Arthur Armstrong – Skeeter[152]

D[edit]

E[edit]

  • Henry Elms – Sonny[153]

F[edit]

H[edit]

M[edit]

P[edit]

W[edit]

  • Arthur Williams – Nance[145]
  • Alfred Wilson – Tracker[145]

List of club nicknames, from the origins of the game to the end of the 19th century[edit]

[157][158][159]

TEAM NICKNAME Notes
Brunswick The Pottery Workers [160]
Carlton The Butchers name coined in the early 1870s because of their tight-fitting blue dungaree jackets
The Blues still used – from the mid-1870s, players wore blue stockings imported from America (also attributed to 1871 captain, Jack Donovan, who wore a dark blue cap)
Collingwood The Magpies still used – from inception, the club has worn black and white stripes
Essendon The Same Olds after the last line in the chorus of an early club song, penned by a supporter: "We're always the same old Essendon" (used until as late as the 1920s)
The Dons still sometimes used – appears to have first been used in the 1900s (decade)
Fitzroy The Maroons because of their distinctive Maroon canvas jerseys
Footscray Prince Imperials not really a nickname but the official name of the club that was to change its name to Footscray preparatory to joining the VFA in 1883
The Tricolours still sometimes used
'Scray
Geelong The Pivotonians the port of Geelong was the pivot between the capital of Melbourne and the Ballarat goldfields
The Seagulls
The All Whites from 1872 to 1875, they wore an all-white uniform
Hawthorn The Yellow and Blacks after changing its name from Riversdale in 1889, this was the colour of the uniforms
The Redlegs from 1892 to 1901, they wore a red & blue jumper and red stockings
The Mayblooms the Hawthorn bush (also known as Crataegus) blooms in May
Melbourne The Invincible Whites from 1861, they wore an all-white uniform
The Redlegs still sometimes used – from the mid-1870s, players wore red stockings imported from America
The Fuschias a red cap worn concurrently with the red stockings gave birth to this name
Port Melbourne The Borough still used
Richmond Richmondites probably used in the late 1880s – appears not to have been popular
The Wasps presumably inspired by the black & yellow colours
The Tigers
St Kilda The Seasiders
The Seagulls
The Saints still used – appears to have been coined immediately after their readmission to the VFA in 1886.
South Melbourne The Bloods still occasionally used by successor club Sydney Swans, particularly when the club wants to highlight its Melbourne roots – then as now, their jersey featured red on white
University The Students an obvious nickname, even used in VFA days[161]
The Professors ditto
Williamstown The Villagers
'Town

See also[edit]

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