In footballing terms the word bottler refers to a player who initially plays well but makes a huge mistake or lets the team down when it really matters. i.e missing a penalty, missing an easy chance, losing your temper and getting sent off.

You can also refer to football teams as bottlers. For example Aston Villa are well known as bottlers because they seem to always be in good form at the beginning of the season but towards the end they lose this form and end up missing out on Champions League football, despite looking like they could be the best side in the premiership at the beginning of the season.
Eugene Dadi is such a bottler, what an awful penalty that was.

Liverpool are such bottlers this season.
by Matalan March 25, 2010
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Defines a Mayo player/team when they play in a Gaelic Football Final at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland.
Those Mayo folk are awful bottlers
by thecoolway April 29, 2012
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He shit himself , he's a right bottler !
by Big Dave December 15, 2004
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I thought Arsenal Football Club might have a shot at the title this year, it turns out they are still just a pack of bottlers though.
by Jam Hoenut March 2, 2016
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1. Dublin slang for a person who says they will attend a social event and then pulls out at the last moment or does not show up often with lame excuses.
David never comes out. He's such a bottler.
by Stephen Frawley January 23, 2009
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Someone who makes a stupid mistake to let themself/everyone else down

Bottler (adjective)
To bottle it (verb)
Christ, Tottenham Hotspur have bottled it again!
Everyone at Spurs is such a bottler
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1. As the first definition listed shows, a coward etc.
2. A worthless footballer
Alan Smith is such a bottler. Worst footballer in the EPL.
by /Noir/ March 9, 2008
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