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Old 10 November 2007, 12:52 PM
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Default Revealed: Chubby Victorian footballer who inspired 'who ate all the pies' chant

His name was William 'Fatty' Foulke, a rather large Victorian goalkeeper who inspired the derisory football terrace chant 'who ate all the pies?'.

Researchers discovered the origins of the mocking football chant and many other of the English language's most colourful chants, clichés and catchphrases.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1770
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Old 13 November 2007, 04:04 PM
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Billy Foulke, who played for the soccer team I support, Sheffield United, was about 300lbs, and 6' 4 1/2 in height:- he was a giant of a man.

Legend has it, some opposing fans were throwing coins and stones at him, as he kept goal, during one match. He allegedly waded into the crowd, and laid the culprits out, calmly going back to his goal, and carrying on with the soccer match.

He was big in heart too, on retirement he and his wife ran a smallholding, and he would feed any itinerant who came to his farm seeking work and food.

He is buried in my home city.
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Old 13 November 2007, 04:22 PM
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Old news I'm afraid. It was in that wonderful series of Edwardian films (Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon) aired a few years back.
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Old 13 November 2007, 04:45 PM
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Cheers for that link SD, and I always associated Foulke with Chelsea for some reason, thanks for putting me straight on that one Talk
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Old 13 November 2007, 08:05 PM
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Cheers for that link SD, and I always associated Foulke with Chelsea for some reason, thanks for putting me straight on that one Talk
He did play for Chelsea, and for Bradford City, but was in both cup-winning Sheffield United teams in 1899 and 1902 IIRC

he played for SUFC from 1896- 1905 (making almost 300 appearances), and chelsea for just the one season 1905-6 making 34 appearances,, before moving to bradford city for two seasons, 1906 and 1907 (but only making 22 appearances for them)

an interesting potted autobiog is here on Wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Foulke_(footballer)
and on BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A3641708#back2

this pic, of his cricketing days (Yes he was also a cricketer!) shows his stature, in comparison to his average-sized team mates! (Can you guess which one Foulke is!!??!!)
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Im...iam_Foulke.jpg

this is him in the soccer goalmouth with his teammates
http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/200...11_700x288.jpg
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