Watching television football pundits babbling away the other day, there were frequent references to JT, RVP AVB and RDM. But there was a time when the nicknames of footballers and managers were a bit more fun than these dull acronyms.
John Terry— unimaginatively known as ‘JT’.
When I was a kid in the 1950s, perhaps the first nickname I came across was that of Stanley Matthews, known as the Wizard of Dribble. It was quite a mouthful but he lived up to it with sparkling displays on the wing for Blackpool and England. An Irish defender at that time, Johnny Carey, himself nicknamed Gentleman John, once said: "Playing Stanley Matthews is like playing a ghost."
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