How a “Nutmeg” found its way into Football

By David Patrick Lane | May 8th, 2012 1 Comment

Why I won’t be using the term NUTMEG in football again. Wiki dispels the notion the term derives from the never present Tony Nutmeg of Leeds United, and in citing Brain Granville and other football scholars suggest the term probably came from nutmeg export business where unscrupulous traders slipped wooden replicas into sacks and barrels. But like Roy Hodgson’s Apartheid years (also recently missing from Wiki and currently being airbrushed from history by the BBC and others) the most likely origin of the term and how it slipped into the football narrative comes from the Transatlantic Slave Trade.


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