Almanac Footy- A Team Of Hyphens

Football Almanac hyphens


I remember that David Rhys-Jones was bestowed the nom de plume, The Hyphen, by commentators. How many hyphenated players have played AFL/VFL? I actually don’t know. However I thought I’d compile a list of those players I’m cognisant of.


I’m a pedant so no O’s, La’s, DE’s, Von’s, or Van’s, just the real hyphenated names.


Let’s see how this reads.


B: T. Ormond-Allen (Mel/Ade). L Roberts-Thompson (Syd). R Forster-Knight (Ess).


HB: R Lester-Smith (Haw/Bris). I Warne –Smith (Mel). G Lawson-Smith (Carl).


C: D Rhys-Jones (SM/Syd/Car). C Ellis-Yolmen (Ade). G Horlin-Smith (Geel).


HF:  W Hoskin-Elliot (Coll). C Cockatoo-Collins (Ess/Port Ade). L Wardell-Johnson (Frem).


F:   S Minton-Connell (Carl/Haw/ WB/ Syd).  T Denis-Lane (Syd). L Boyd-Gerny (StK).


FOLL:  R Fenton-Smith (Melb). S Powell-Pepper (Port Ade). B McMaster- Smith (Fitz/Carl/St Kilda).


INTER: Da Cockatoo-Collins (Melb.) Do Cockatoo-Collins (Melb). A Neale Bullen ( Melb). S Petrevski-Seton (Carl).


EMER: D Byrne-Jones (Port Ade). J Oakley-Nicholls (Rich). L Davies-Uniacke(NM).


In a captain coach role I’ll have Melbourne’s Ivor Warne-Smith.  He captained Melbourne, also coached them, as well as a stint as captain coach. Adding this to his pair of Brownlow medals it’s a pretty impressive resume for this hyphen.





  1. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Rochford Devenish-Meares (Hawthorn and Subiaco)

  2. Nice idea. Good team Glen! Made me wonder when hyphens ceased to be about the landed aristocracy and began to represent the blended family? DOB 1990?

  3. Mark Duffett says

    Should be a pacy side, plenty of dash.

  4. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Super team Glen !
    Hector Lingwood-Smith played 13 games for the Pies in 1922-23.

  5. G’day Phil.

    Alfred Andrew-Street played a few games for the Pies in the 1930’s.


  6. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti worthy of a spot. Sabrina Frederick-Traub also brings strong hyphen game to the AFLW. As counter-intuitive as it feels, Danny Del-Re is also a hyphen. Audley Gillespie-Jones another quality name.

  7. Good point Dave. How did i leave out Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti ???

    He is probably the best hyphen currently running around.

    Thanks for the reminder.


  8. Peter B, apart from blended family and landed aristocracy there is another motivation for the hyphen – social climbing. I wrote and researched the ADB entry on Ivor Warne-Smith. His father, Charles Warne Smith was a journalist who moved from Sydney to Melbourne.. Warne was his middle name, but prior to his arrival in Melbourne he was known as Charles Smith. When he arrived in Melbourne he began referring to himself as Charles Warne-Smith and he had registered his sons as Warne-Smiths from the beginning. He also took up residence in Brighton and sent his sons to Wesley College.

    I don’t want anyone to think that this is an attack on a Demon legend from a hostile Magpie. I admire Warne-Smith both for his on field and off field activities. But you would have to assume that his Dad was some sort of social climber.

  9. Andrew Gaylard says

    I missed this team as it went by at the time and so this comment is hopelessly late, but I need to share a typically unequivocal bon mot from Alf Brown’s Friday Herald preview of a Carlton (or was it Fitzroy?)-South Melbourne match. I thought it hilarious at the age of around 10, and for some strange reason it has stayed with me ever since.This may not be word for word, but it will be close.

    “The only way McMaster-Smith will beat Skilton is to poke him in the eye with his hyphen.”

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