Strangely, Grantham are not the only team to feature Ginger in their nickname. NPL Division 1 South side Market Drayton Town are known as the Gingerbread Men. Ginger was brought back to the Shropshire area by Clive of India and the bakers of Market Drayton used the spice to create gingerbread in the late 18th century.
Heading East from Shropshire we come across Northern Counties East side Clipstone. The club was known as Clipstone Welfare until 2013 when they dropped the Welfare part and became Clipstone FC. At around about the same time they also adopted the nickname The Cobras. Cobras in Nottinghamshire you may ask? Well, somewhat disappointingly, there is nothing too mysterious about this moniker. The club ran a poll to find a new nickname and The Cobras came out on top.
Next stop on our whirlwind tour is Lancashire. Lancaster City's nickname, The Dolly Blues, relates to the fact that their kit bore a resemblance to the colour of the popular, early 20th Century, laundry product of the same name. William Edge and Sons manufactured Dolly Blue in their factory near Bolton for over a hundred years. City's social club, just outside their ground, was also known as the Dolly Blue Tavern.
Switching from West to East we find Eastern Counties Premier side Fakenham Town, who have a rather unusual nickname, The Ghosts. There are no clues to the name’s origin on the club website or the wiki entry. However, there is a poem written by Suffolk-born poet Robert Bloomfield (1766 - 1823), The Fakenham Ghost, so maybe this is the source of the nickname? Perhaps someone from the club could shed some light on this or perhaps it should stay a mystery?
Staying in the East of England, we head north to Norfolk. Swaffham Town get their nickname, The Pedlars, from an old English folk tale. A pedlar from the town dreamt that if he went to London, stood on London Bridge and listened, he would hear joyful news. When he acted upon his dream, to no avail, a local shopkeeper told him to stop being so stupid and return home to look for the treasure that the shopkeeper had dreamt of in the pedlar's own garden. He returns, finds the treasure and uses it to rebuild the local church.
As we head West again, towards our ultimate destination in Cornwall, we come across Combined Counties side, Redhill FC. Apart from the rather obvious, given the name of the town and the teams colours, of The Reds they also use the rather interesting Lobsters. This, for a seaside town, would be a reasonable nickname but the town is a good 35 miles from the coast. The name, apparently, comes from a competition to find a new nickname in 1994. However, the nickname can be found in the club’s annals as far back as the twenties when the colour in their red & white shirts would sometimes blend into a pink shade reminiscent of a lobster.
A slight detour into South Oxfordshire for our penultimate team, Wantage Town or the Freds as they are known. Freds being short for Alfredians. The ground is also called Alfredian Park and there are many Alfredian references in the town. The reason behind this is that Wantage is the birthplace of King Alfred the Great.
Finally, into Cornwall and Newquay AFC, known as The Peppermints. Thanks to the Newquay web administrator we now know that this name originates from 1906 when supporters of the club noticed a resemblance between the club's red and white striped shirts and that of a popular boiled peppermint sweet. Indeed, we are reliably informed that both the team and the sweets were regarded as 'ot stuff!