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Entry from April 22, 2019
Pigeons (New York City Football Club or NYCFC nickname)

The New York City Football Club (NYFC) is an American professional soccer club based in New York City that plays in Major League Soccer (MLS). “Pigeons” is a popular nickname of the club because the bird can be found all over New York City.

“David Beckham newly appointed Director of Football at NYCFC tomorrow ...wow that will put the cat among the pigeons #Beckham” was posted on Twitter by Graham Reece on May 21, 2013. “Someone put three stars over a pigeon, please RT @NYCFC: #myNYCFC” was posted on Twitter by Voight-Kampff Salesman on February 3, 2014. “Let’s go Blue Pigeons! @NYCFC” was posted on Twitter by Fewxie on June 27, 2015.

“’Boys in Blue’ wins poll for favorite NYCFC nickname” by Christian A. Smith was posted on the blog Hudson River Blue on April 18, 2019. “Pigeons” was the second most popular nickname in the poll.

Wikipedia: New York City FC
New York City Football Club is an American professional soccer club based in New York City, New York, that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), the highest level of American soccer, as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference.

New York City began play in 2015, as the twentieth overall expansion team of the league. It is the first franchise to be based in the city, and the second in the New York metropolitan area, after New York Red Bulls, with whom they contest the Hudson River Derby. Since 2015, the club have played at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx.
Full name New York City Football Club
The Pigeons
The Bronx Blues
The Blues
The Boys in Blue

Graham Reece
David Beckham newly appointed Director of Football at NYCFC tomorrow ...wow that will put the cat among the pigeons #Beckham
3:14 PM - 21 May 2013

Voight-Kampff Salesman
Replying to @NYCFC
Someone put three stars over a pigeon, please RT @NYCFC: #myNYCFC ”
5:21 PM - 3 Feb 2014

David Chaffin
Replying to @jimmystagger
“@jimmystagger Someone put three stars over a pigeon, please”—Done. New @NYCFC shield.
6:12 PM - 3 Feb 2014

A pigeon? “@NYCFC: S/O to the awesome ppl of @nycfooty for this contribution to our Badge of Badges mosaic. #myNYCFC “
4:11 PM - 27 Feb 2014

The Pigeon
The original feathered NYCFC devotee since ‘14....social worker/ community coach in Bed Stuy 💙 the game, the city, youth #Livefrom235. *Opinions are my own*
Bed Stuy Brooklyn
Joined November 2014

Congratulations @redbullNYC 20 years representing NY in @MLS & you’re playing your 1st game in NY today. Let’s go Blue Pigeons! @NYCFC
5:03 PM - 27 Jun 2015

Hudson River Blue
Hudson River Blue talks with New York City FC’s “Spider-Man”
You’ve seen the photos. You’ve heard the stories. Last week, NYCFC’s one and only “Spider-Man” talked to us about why he put on the Spidey suit in the first place, his run-ins with Yankee Stadium security, and his plans for the future.

By Jordan Kessler Jul 16, 2015, 2:48pm EDT
HRB: When did you first meet up with the fellow costumed fan known as the “NYCFC Pigeon”?
SM: I knew the Pigeon was one of the mascots. He had appeared at a few of the games. It was a bit after that when we started interacting on Twitter. I met him at a game, and we got a great picture together. Now, he’s someone I speak to regularly.

Michael D
Pizza Rat is a viable mascot alternative to pigeons for NYCFC I think, although pizza rat isn’t as cool as @NYCFCPigeon
4:07 PM - 21 Sep 2015

Yung 🏁 Buñuelo
Come on, you Blue Pigeons! @NYCFC
10:03 PM - 26 Sep 2015

Posted by The Pride of Rockland Countyu/max-fischer December 29, 2015
Getting “Pigeons” Established
Hey folks!

I absolutely love the Pigeons nickname, and want it to be established. I’m worried that unless NYCFC fans really make it abundantly clear during games that it is our moniker, they’ll keep feeding “blues” or “cityzens” or what what you to MLS or press for coverage purposes.

I only have half-season tickets for 237, so anything I could do - a poster, etc. Would have limited effects. Maybe shirts? A website? Does anybody else have some ideas of how to establish “pigeons” as our nickname going into next season?

Sounder at Heart
Sounders vs NYCFC Pigeons: Full coverage
Sunday’s match is on ESPN at 2:00 PM
July 29, 2018
The most important thing you can do today is hydrate and protect yourself from the sun. Yes, there’s a match between Seattle Sounders and New York City FC that features two of the best teams from July to the present.

Hudson River Blue
POLL: What is your favorite NYCFC nickname?
It’s time to end the debate!

By Christian A Smith@ChristianSith Apr 10, 2019, 5:40pm EDT
Pigeons for the win
Pigeons represent a lot about NYC. None of the other nicknames really represent NYC the way pigeons does. It’s true that pigeons exist in many cities but NYC is arguably the greatest city of them all. If you can make it here you can make it anywhere. Besides, of we aren’t the pigeons we’d be the pizza rats and that just doesn’t have the same kind of ring to it.
Posted by moogoo on Apr 10, 2019 | 9:12 PM

Hudson River Blue
“Boys in Blue” wins poll for favorite NYCFC nickname
The people have spoken!

By Christian A Smith @ChristianSith Apr 18, 2019, 5:11pm EDT
Last week, we ran a poll asking fans what their favorite New York City FC was. Though the names used to describe NYCFC and their image are seemingly endless, we kept it simple and offered the five most popular options:

1.) Pigeons
2.) City
3.) Blues
4.) Bronx Blues

A fifth options of “Other/None of the above” was also offered.

After collecting a total of 455 votes, the “Boys in Blue” moniker was chosen as the fan favorite, gaining 182 votes, 40% of all collected.

Early on, the “Pigeons” nickname was the heavy favorite and had a 30-vote lead going into the final 24 hours of the poll, which ended on April 17.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Monday, April 22, 2019 • Permalink