List of football club nicknames in Scotland

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Scottish Football Club Nicknames

A list of nicknames for Scottish league football clubs, some are well known, other nick names are rarely used anymore and have become obsolete. Where I can I've added explanations for some of the team nicknames.

Scottish Premier Division Clubs

Football Team Football Club Nickname Reason for nickname
Aberdeen The Dons City was famous for having 2 Universities, or the river Don is one of the rivers that goes through Aberdeen
Celtic The Bhoys, The Hoops, The Celts, The Tic Bhoys - An Irish pronouncement of boys, (Irish roots of club). Hoops - kit
Dundee United The Terrors, The Tangerines, or Arabs Kit colour, The Arabs is said to have come from the 1960s when United used to heavily sand their pitch
Dunfermline Athletic The Parsreason unknown, several theories from the shortening of Paralytics, because they played badly to the colour of their strip resembling a Parr fish.
Falkirk The Bairns 
Heart of Midlothian Hearts / Jam Tarts Kit colour and rhymes
Hibernian The Hibees, HibsShortening of Hibernian which is the old roman name for Ireland
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Caley Thistle, CaleyJags
Kilmarnock KilliesShortening
Livingston Livi, LionsAbbreviation and a lion on club badge
Motherwell The Well, The Steelmen Steelworks beside ground
Rangers The Gers, Light Blues, Teddy Bearsabbreviation and kit colour.

Scottish first division footy nicknames

Football Team Football Nick name Reason for nickname
Airdrie United The Diamonds Diamonds on the kit
Brechin City The City 
Clyde The Bully Wee 
Dundee The Dark Blues, The Dee kit colour
Hamilton Academicals The Accies 
Queen of the South The Doonhamers 
Ross County The County 
St Johnstone The Saints 
St Mirren The Saints, The Buddies 
Stranraer The Blueskit

Scottish second division club nick names

Team Football Nickname Reason
Alloa The Wasps Kit
Ayr United The Honest MenFrom a poem by Robert Burns "Auld Ayr, wha'm ne'er a toon surpassess, for honest men and bonnie lasses"
Dumbarton The Sons 
Forfar Athletic The Loons 
Gretna The Black and Whites Kit
Morton The Ton 
Partick Thistle The JagsThistles have jagged edges
Peterhead The Toons 
Raith Rovers The Rovers 
Stirling Albion The Binos 

Scottish third division football nicknames

Team Football Nickname Reason
Albion Rovers The Rovers 
Arbroath The Red Lichties 
Berwick Rangers The Borderers, The Wee Rangers Based in England! Wee rangers because they are a smaller club than the team from Glasgow.
Cowdenbeath The Blue Brazil Blue kit - Brazil refers to quality of team!
East Fife The Fifers 
East Stirlingshire The Shire 
Elgin City The City 
Montrose The Gable Endies 
Queen's Park The Spiders 
Stenhousemuir The Warriors 

Thanks to Ross and Paul (two pub quiz help visitors) for providing all these Scottish nicknames. Please drop me an email if you know of any good explanations for why a team has become known for a particular nickname.

Thanks also to several more Pub Quiz help visitors for suggesting nickname origins.

Suggestions or corrections email me [email protected]