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The Top Ten: Original names of famous football clubs

John Rentoul
Friday 25 December 2015 10:09 GMT
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St Domingo: Everton. "And technically Liverpool as well, since they didn't split until after they were renamed," says Karim Palant
St Domingo: Everton. "And technically Liverpool as well, since they didn't split until after they were renamed," says Karim Palant

A meeting to discuss the Independent on Sunday editorial line was once sidetracked while the then editor and deputy editor named the entire Wolverhampton Wanderers squad from 1976. This is a more interesting idea from Clive Carpenter…

1. St Luke's

Wolverhampton Wanderers. After St Luke's Church School in Blakenhall. Thanks to Patrick Kidd.

2. Small Heath Alliance

Birmingham City. Known simply as Birmingham between 1905 and 1943. Alex Massie prefers the original.

3. West Bromwich Strollers

Changed to Albion two years after its foundation in 1878. Walked in by Bob Francis.

4. St Domingo

Everton. "And technically Liverpool as well, since they didn't split until after they were renamed," says Karim Palant.

5. Newtown Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway

Manchester United.

6. Thames Ironworks

West Ham United.

7. The Milan Cricket and Foot-Ball Club

AC Milan. Founded by British expatriates in 1899. Suggested by Steven Duckworth.

8. St Mark's (West Gorton)

Founded in 1880. Became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887, and Manchester City in 1894.

9. Dial Square

Renamed Royal Arsenal in 1886, then Woolwich Arsenal before the move to north London. From Dean Nicholas.

10. The Wednesday Cricket Club

Because it played on Wednesdays. Dropped the "Cricket" in the 1860s but didn't add the "Sheffield" until 1929. Popular with David Tuck, Paul Frame and Kieran Cunningham.

Next week: Fictional games (such as pod racing)

Coming soon: Insults worn as badges of pride (such as suffragette). Send your suggestions, and ideas for future Top 10s, to top10@independent.co.uk

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