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What is GOONER?
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
30 May, 2008 08:37
Ever wondered why its Gooners instead of Gunners ? I always thought I had this figured out, for me the direct answer was our hooligan heritage. It made perfect sense for me since the word goon could mean a bully or a tough guy ,It seems to fit the bill but recently I found out that the answer isnít that simple Ö It seems that there are other versions of the story and other explanations to how this nickname we proudly hold came. We at the Gooner forum have recently have recently started a discussion about it and thanks to Natsteel of the Gooner Forum we were able to compile these four most likely stories
1) The name came from Arsenalís 70s hooligan element calling themselves Gooners.
2) The name came from a derogatory nickname bestowed by opposing supporters. Who instead of calling us The Gunners they called us The Gooners.
3) There is also a story that it came about in the early 90s as a mispronouncement of Gunner by Swedish supporters of the club following Anders Limpar.
4) There is another story that it is an accent mangling of Gunner.
What do you think? Maybe some of you could tell us where it all came from

From the GoonerForum


In what year was the GOONER description came into play?

I beleive that it happened in the VIlent 60s and 70s where it was a tribal warfare and Warlords defined their turf; and defined order and line fo battle with European fans during all thsoe European matches, especially in Holland.

Like Wet ham notorious ICF, Chelsea Shed, perhaps Arsenal own thugs started using GOONers?

What do you think?

Re: What is GOONER?
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
30 May, 2008 09:24
I always thought it came from Spurs fans name calling us - that no 2 is the explanation. I dont remember it from the 70s

Re: What is GOONER?
PKGooner (IP Logged)
30 May, 2008 10:16
Number 2.

A bit like them calling themselves 'Yids'. Was aimed at them as a derogatory word but they took it upon themselves. Yid army. C*ts.

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