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Adanor

Dedicated Member
I see that you come from Nottinghamshire. Smiths Row, now was that where Robin Hood lived?
 

Pearl

Administrator
Staff member
Most teams are names for their towns. Why is Arsenal called Arsenal?
There are several from London and that's one of them, Tottenham, Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and others believe.
 

dick

LOTSW Fanatic
It was originally called WOOLWICH ARSENAL Shortened over the years to Arsenal. Woolwich being the district of London where it was based.:)
 

Peripheral

Dedicated Member
Place names can be quite complicated, for example, who remembers what New York was called? Listen carefully and you will hear it's old name mentioned in this song.


As a matter of interest, Rotherham United's football club stadium is called New York stadium. Small world ain't it?
 

captain clutterbuck

LOTSW Fanatic
The what was the Sports Direct Emporium and in now the Sheik's Palace has a history :-

Historically, a hospital and chapel named St. James’ and St Marys' stood near to where the Hancock Museum building now stands in Newcastle.

In 1542, the master of St. Mary's and St. James granted a lease of land and plots that extended to Castle Leazes.

St. James Place was later built on the site and the area continued to develop to where the football ground now stands, featuring St. James Street, St. James Terrace and Leazes Terrace by the early 19th century.

Fast-forward to that first match on the site in 1880 and it’s easy to see why the ground immediately became known as St. James’ Park.

The ground now is totally different to when I first went in the 1960s when it looked like this . I have fond memories of my first visits hope you will indulge me . Before all of the high and maybe not so high quality food you get at matches now we had a peanut seller who walked around the ground on the adjacent surrounding track selling peanuts with a loud shout of "Peanuts!!!!"

IF someone shouted loudly back "here" to indicate they wanted a bag he would throw the sealed paper bag of peanuts in the direction of the requestor . All the hands used to go up so whether or not the person ever got them is questionable . After a few seconds a hail of coins would come down from the crowd to the seller again the hands went up trying to catch it although most reached the seller and he spent the next few minutes scratting around picking them up and so he'd move on :) It was a sad day when he was "retired" by the club.

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Adanor

Dedicated Member
I used to bowl on a league which was called St. John's Mixed. Gradually some teams dropped off and the league bowling next to us was a small Jewish league. Well we merged, but there was one problem and that was the name of the league. So they asked and got the name changed to Ain't Saints.
 
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