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    Why - and for how long - is the term "Todgers" used to refer to Ulster supporters? Is it a widely-used term or is it confined to a few rugby sites?

    Had a look in Wikipedia this morning and the definitions there are none too complimentary.


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    Originally posted by Scorcher
    Why - and for how long - is the term "Todgers" used to refer to Ulster supporters? Is it a widely-used term or is it confined to a few rugby sites?

    Had a look in Wikipedia this morning and the definitions there are none too complimentary.

    The term was first used by Edward Carson in the course of a speech to the Loyal Order of Cleeve Court Ballymagash Black Preceptory on the morning of a evangelical badger baiting marathon in Fermanagh in 1927. "We Todgers are one of the great stocks of Europe. We are the people of Bushmills;
    we are the people of Tone, the people of Lundy, the people of Dolly's Brae.
    We have created most of the modern economy of this country. We have
    created the best of its intelligence. We are not for turning -
    God bless Craigavon and our Ulster Covenant - no surrender."


    Although it is generally agreed by experts that the "gers" part relates to Glasgow Rangers F C (often colloquially referred to as "the 'gers"), to date they have been unable to agree on an etymological source for the "Tod" part.


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      Originally posted by Old Dog
      Originally posted by Scorcher
      Why - and for how long - is the term "Todgers" used to refer to Ulster supporters? Is it a widely-used term or is it confined to a few rugby sites?

      Had a look in Wikipedia this morning and the definitions there are none too complimentary.

      The term was first used by Edward Carson in the course of a speech to the Loyal Order of Cleeve Court Ballymagash Black Preceptory on the morning of a evangelical badger baiting marathon in Fermanagh in 1927. "We Todgers are one of the great stocks of Europe. We are the people of Bushmills; we are the people of Tone, the people of Lundy, the people of Dolly's Brae. We have created most of the modern economy of this country. We have created the best of its intelligence. We are not for turning - God bless Craigavon and our Ulster Covenant - no surrender."


      Although it is generally agreed by experts that the "gers" part relates to Glasgow Rangers F C (often colloquially referred to as "the 'gers"), to date they have been unable to agree on an etymological source for the "Tod" part.

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