Anyone know how or why the Preston Football Club became known as the Bullants?? It goes back to the 1930's.
Maybe this is the answer Wally,Two versions.Take your pick.
The "Bullants" nickname was first mentioned in the Herald newspaper in 1938, with an article on Association clubs adopting new nicknames, noting that "Preston will be known as the 'Bullants', because they can sting".
Or another reason from the Preston website
"The “Bullants” name was then adopted in the 1930s due to their ‘swarming’ playing style."
Great find Billy. I love to know if other clubs have a story or fable behind their monikers.
* It's time to restore the VFA name.
Spot on Billy, The Herald, March 25 1938 - the article also refers to Coburg becoming known as The Lions but doesn't say why
From the WFC website history pages -
At the annual meeting in respect of the 1944 season, held in December, it was announced that, at the suggestion of the president, Bill Dooley snr, the Club had decided to adopt the seagull as the Club emblem and for the team to be known as the 'Seagulls', although 'Fair Dinkum', the football correspondent for the Williamstown Chronicle, was referring to the team as the Seagulls as early as 1921. The team had been known as the 'Villagers' up until this time, and the seagull insignia was really borrowed from the Williamstown Athletic Club, which had always used it since its inception in 1925. There was also a reference by a journalist in the Melbourne Punch of June 8, 1893, to a Williamstown and Collingwood game the previous weekend whereby 'the Magpies displayed more bottom than the Seagulls'.
Getting back to the Bullant name, on the Wikipedia page for former Geelong ruckman, Wallace 'Jumbo' Sharland, who later became radio's first football commentator, it states that 'it is believed that Victorian Football Association club Preston became known as the Bullants after Sharland referred to the club's players during commentary as a "group of busy bullants". The quote was based on the Preston players being small in stature and the fact they wore a red uniform.
As for Sandy becoming the Zebras It was Jim Blakes idea and also to start the Childrens Hospital Appeal on 3DB!
I had a lot of conversations with Jim after Sandy matches when he covered the VFA for the Sporting Globe he was a genuine loverly bloke!
"The Sandringham Football Club were admitted to the VFA (Victorian Football Association) in 1929, 2 years after lodging an application to join the competition. ... The 'Zebra' name was started by Jim Blake, a Melbourne top-line sports journalist who wrote about the VFA for the Sporting Globe for many years after the time of the clubs start in the competition."
I Knew Jim and would speak to him after Sandy matches when I was a teenager -he was a loverly man who had a bit of a soft spot for the Zebras and is credited with starting the Childrens Hospital Appeal on 3DB!
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