Football Bizarre : When a Chelsea goalkeeper gave birth to a famous football chant


Who ate all the pies?
The burgers and the fries
You fat b**tard,
You fat b**tard,
You ate all the pies.

United Kingdom’s One of the most popular football chant originated more than 120 years back. This is generally sung by the fans when they find any footballer a little overweight during a match. Although there is a hilarious history behind the formation of “Who Ate All The Pies?”

According to The Cat’s Pyjamas: The Penguin Book of Cliches, it was first sung by Sheffield United fans in the year 1894 directed at the club’s goalkeeper William “Fatty” Foulke who is still remembered as a cult character in their football history. Foulke later played for Bradford City and Chelsea too and still recalled for his gigantic figure and bizarre activities on and off the fields.

The 6 ft 4 in tall custodian, who also won a single international cap for England in 1987 against Wales, was weighed over 140 kgs. He had the ability to punch a ball from his own box to over the half way line, even further than many can kick it! He was also known for picking players up off the ground single handedly during their injuries.

There are several funny and bizarre incidents attached to his name. In one game while playing for Bradford City against Accrington Stanley, his jersey colors clashed with the colors of his oppositions. The referee directed him to change the shirt and find another color; Unfortunately not a single one fitted him as he was taller and broader than others. Weirdest scenes took place when Foulke wrapped himself in a bed-sheet found from a local house and got on with the match!

In another match while playing for Chelsea, he decided to swing from the crossbar. It was no surprise the crossbar crashed down and injured the keeper. It took six men to carry him out of the field that day!

Foulke is also remembered for his off-field events. One day he arrived hours ago in team breakfast table before an important match in his Chelsea days. He initially decided to wait for the rest of his teammates. Although he didn’t wait much longer and started to eat. William “Fatty” Foulke eventually completed his breakfast eating everything on the table by himself. “Fatty” for a reason!

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