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Football fan changes his name to Motherwell Football Club

The man formerly known as Frazer Boyle made the decision to win a radio competition.

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Mr. Motherwell Football Club

A football fan who changed his name by Deed Poll to Motherwell Football Club has said he did it to prove he is the club’s most dedicated supporter.

Student Frazer Boyle, 20, from Coltness in North Lanarkshire, changed his name on Tuesday in a bid to win £1,000 in a radio station competition.

Mr Football Club, who is studying multimedia at Glasgow Caledonian University, said: "I changed my name because I had entered a competition on the radio to show how dedicated a football fan I was. It was officially changed on Tuesday and it still is Motherwell Football Club and it will be for the forseeable future.

"It's a bit disorientating at time. At the game I wonder whether people saying Motherwell are talking to me."

Mr Football Club said he had been a season ticket holder for a "long time" and had supported Motherwell since he was nine.

Asked what the reaction of friends and family had been to the move, he said: "Mostly positive, they were a bit shocked at first but they can see it's a bit jovial."

He said he may use the name to help raise money for charities he supports.

His mother Hazel Boyle, 45, said: "I was at my work and he phoned me. I thought he was kidding me on, making it up. I did not think he would really change his name.

"I was ready to give him a clip around the ear. He is Motherwell daft and has already been to France and Wales in the past year to watch them; I think that is punishment enough. As long as he is happy that is the main thing."

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Bit of a Tangent but how did Scottish Clubs get their names, asin so many have mames of places that you cannot find on a map

Do you mean "they will be dancing in the streets of Raith tonight"

Theres only three SPL teams with non 'mappable' names and another three in the rest of the three leagues that are like that

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Do you mean "they will be dancing in the streets of Raith tonight"

Theres only three SPL teams with non 'mappable' names and another three in the rest of the three leagues that are like that

I've been thinking about this. Correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know, none of the following are named after cities, towns, or villages:

Albion Rovers

Clyde

Heart of Midlothian

Hibernian

Caledonian Thistle

Queen of The South

Queens Park

Raith

St Johnstone

St Mirren

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I've been thinking about this. Correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know, none of the following are named after cities, towns, or villages:

Albion Rovers - Glasgow team, amalgamation of two clubs

Clyde - theyre on the Clyde at Bridgeton

Heart of Midlothian - literally heart of midlothian

Hibernian - Irish name, Irish team - should play in Ireland

Caledonian Thistle -full name is Inverness Caeledonian Thistle

Queen of The South - nickname for Dumfries

Queens Park - another G;asgow team - hence my worst away park comment

Raith - Kirkcaldy, don't know why and don't care, probably just didn't want associated with Kirkcaldy

St Johnstone = Perth used to be call St Johns town

St Mirren - named after the patron saint of their town,

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Raith Rovers is taken from the Battle of Raith which was fought near Kirkcaldy. I had a Raith Rovers top as a kid - no idea why. I also went ice skating at Kirkcaldy ice rink because my gran insisted on taking us (mainly because she ice skated and therefore we had no choice but to go with her). Kirkcaldy is the only place in Scotland that used to make Dundee fell good about itself!

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I have always assumed Heart of Midlothian was called after the Walter Scott novel of the same name which is about Edinburgh and the surrounding area.

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Thanks for the info. I knew the origins of some, but not all of the names. I remember years and years ago, when I was a nipper, getting back from shopping with my parents on Saturday afternoons, watching the classified results, a lot of those Scottish team names always sounded strange and exotic to me.

To this day I've never been further north than Hadrians Wall - the Hadrians Wall Road to be precise, going from Newcastle to Carlisle.

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There is actually a heart mosaic in the pavement in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh which it is customary to spit on. I must admit I don't know what the history behind that is.

I think it's to do with the tollbooth prisoners who used to do it as they were hauled away...however, I think they used to spit on the actual door of the tollbooth, and that has subsequently been replaced by spitting on the heart instead.

I think others think that it'll give them luck? Who knows

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