Almanac Teams: Vocations & Occupations

“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation.” Aristotle.


Tinsmith, carriage builder, bridle maker. These trades and more were on display recently at the Lost Trades Fair in Kyneton. Cooper, luthier, coppersmith. It all got me to thinking about the origins and evolution of Anglo-Celt (in particular) surnames. And the surprising number who have played footy at AFL/VFL level.


So, with the indulgence of Lord Bogan and the Almanac, I present to you a team of vocations and occupations.



Ian Cooper (Coll, 72-82), Peter Steward (NM, 62-70), Adrian Fletcher (Gee/StK/Bris/Freo, 89-01).



Sam Butler (WCE, 04-17), Ian Miller (Fitz, 74-77), Troy Cook (Syd/Freo, 97-07).



Michael Turner (Gee, 74-88), Ray Usher (Melb, 28-33), Lachie Hunter (WB, 13-18).



Ken Judge (Haw/Bris, 83-88), Ross Brewer (Melb/Coll/Rich, 72-83), Xavier Tanner (NM, 76-85).



Bob Shepherd (Fitz, 75-77), Phil Baker (NM/Gee, 71-79), Denis Marshall (Gee, 64-68).



John Ironmonger (Syd/Fitz, 85-91), Josh Caddy (GC/Gee/Rich, 11-18), Harry Collier (Coll, 26-40).



Mark Porter (Carl/NM, 97-04), Brett Chandler (Fitz/NM, 95-00), Brian Falconer (Haw, 65-70),

Fred Carpenter (SM/NM, 10-20), Ted Potter (Coll, 63-72), Wally Shearer (Foot, 41-42).



Graham “Polly” Farmer (Gee, 73-75).


Team Manager:

Wayne Foreman (Foots/Ess, 77-81).



Wally Warden (Foot, 28-30), Stephen Officer (SM, 71-75).



Geoff Driver (StK/SM, 45-47).


With apologies to players such as Harry Taylor (spelling not quite correct), Dean Cox (more a sporting position than an occupation), and Cale Hooker (no comment).


About Darren Dawson

Always North.


  1. Mathilde de Hauteclocque says

    Oh superb Smokie!
    My God, these just get better and better.

    A book of Almanac Teams … I sniff a great stocking filler in the making.

  2. Nnnoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !!!!! Smokie you’ve stolen my thunder, i am/was half way through my team of workers.

    You’ve done a top job to include the ancillary staff as well.

    Oh well, back to the drawing board for me .


  3. bob.speechley says

    John COLEMAN?

    Under the radar I expect!

  4. Merci, Mathilde!

    Sorry for stealing your thunder Glen!

    Nice get, Bob. I reckon we could squeeze him in!

  5. Rabid Dog says

    John Butcher (Power). Glen Archer (Roos).

  6. Smoke – love it.

    You left out Selwood – timber salesman.

  7. Smokie, would Wayde Skipper be the on field leader?


  8. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Brilliant work Smokie. No Glenn Archer? I’m sure that used to be a vocation in the Robin Hood era !
    Some more Shinboners..ahem:
    Darren Crocker
    Charles Skinner
    Frank Jeeves (Butler)

  9. OK I give in….what was a crocker? (besides a sports physio who was very bad at his job)?

  10. Some Eagles suggestions. Beau Waters, Brent Staker, Chris and Jake Waterman are clearly a gardening enterprise. Ken Judge worked out of Callum Chambers. Travis (and Darren) Gaspar are tobacconists (should get the Smokie nod). Glassie works in bars and pubs.
    Nice work Darren.

  11. Dave Nadel says

    Perhaps Jeremy Guard (Fitzroy 1992-5) could help with the security. There was a player from Geelong at the beginning of last century named Les Bailiff. I would imagine he would be quite good at clearances. There were also a couple of Joiners, John from North in the 50s and William from Hawthorn in the 60s. Perhaps they could work with Carpenter who you already have on the bench. Doug Priest (South Melbourne, 66-9), Robert Monk (Melbourne 1907-14) and Port Adelaide Premiership player Matthew Bishop could provide spiritual advice to the team. Unfortunately we cannot cater to multiculturalism as there no footballers named Rabbi or Imam.

  12. Jack Dyer would add some colour to the team. So would predators Ken Hunter and Laurie Fowler (just ask big John).

    Cheers, Burkie

  13. Dave Brown says

    Great topic – all of the Smiths qualify, of course. Rod Carter perhaps and Mason Cox is a profession and a sporting position. Liberatore means liberator so that could be a reasonable profession, too.

  14. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Rudi Mandemaker

  15. Mark Branagan says

    Sam Fisher (St Kilda); Freddy Goldsmith (SM)

    President? Geoff Lord (Hawthorn)

  16. The Lost Trades Faire in Kyneton ?!?

    We went in 2017 but the traffic was everywhere, with a queue winding well out on to the adjacent road(s). We gave up, spent our time exploring Kyneton. The farmers market was on that day.

    To cut a long story short, is there a spot Roger Dean ? Dean as in educational position.

    I need not mention Russel Cook or Freddy Cook.


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