Erroneous Information

Daily Mirror football journalist caught out by Wikipedia

Collaborative website merks another victim

Ahead of Manchester City’s UEFA Cup tie with Omonia Nicosia, the first port of call for information on the Cypriot club would have been Wikipedia. Curious fans would have been met with the following nugget of information:

“A small but loyal group of fans are lovingly called “The Zany Ones” – they like to wear hats made from discarded shoes and have a song about a little potato.”

Finding nothing strange or incredibly made-up about the sentence above, Daily Mirror journalist David Anderson plunged it straight into his match preview, which appeared in the online and print versions of the publication.

It turns out that Omonia Nicosia fans tend to wear shoes on their fee, and do not care enough about starchy vegetable to warrant any kind of chorus, and the Wikipedia page has now been updated to reflect the error.

In the future, Mr Anderson would be wise to look elsewhere for his research.

Spoiler bonus: Why not take in a lecture from Professor Wikipedia after the jump…


3 responses so far
  • Gregory Kohs // September 19, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    The funny thing is that, while Wikipediots tell us how great their encyclopedia is, because errors like this can be “quickly” fixed by all the eyes viewing their pages, this error stuck for a few weeks, while the page was viewed about 10,000 times. Source:

  • Wigan Blue // September 19, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Happens all the time. The Manchester Evening News’ Chris Bailey posted an article about City’s new board of director’s that was cut and pasted from the website. The Didsbury Blues site had posted it (with editorial comment) twelve hours earlier!

  • blueballs // May 20, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    why does this not surprise me lazy hacks have been making bulls**t stories all season about city it just shows that they have no source or any insider info they just make it up or pull it from sites like wikipedia they should be ashamed and sacked if caught

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