Why are Bolton Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers etc so known?
The OED seems to be silent on the matter, so I searched elsewhere on line. The following answer came up. Does it appear to be a satisfactory answer in other people's opinion? Can anyone from Bolton or Wolverhampton supply any further information?
Q. Why do football teams often use the word 'Wanderers' in their names
A. As we all know wanderers are people who roam around from place to place. The first winners of the FA Cup, in 1872, were called simply the Wanderers, a name the club adopted in 1864 after moving from east London to Battersea Park in south London. But the name also conveys the rather romantic sense of a group of travelling gentlemen who play for pleasure rather than to win - a very English sentiment, particularly in the late 19th century when most clubs were formed. So we have Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers and Bolton Wanderers.