Players who have changed their names

Cyclops

Norm Smith Medallist
Oct 25, 2001
9,477
5,568
Northern Suburbs
AFL Club
Collingwood
Other Teams
IOM Gyms, Preston Nth End
A couple of Collingwood players played under assumed names before WW1 (I think Dicky Condon was one) to avoid suspension penaltires. Jack Dyer and a bunch of others played under false names in the lucrative "Wednesday" leagues in the 20's and 30's to supplement their VFL earnings.

The Pannam family changed their names from Pannamopoulos around 1900, but I think that was before they played.

I know a lot of opposition supporters changed Daics first name from "Peter" to "f***ing" as he found new and exciting ways to fillet their defence.

CCsBoots, a lot of "Ethnics" (=foreigners) anglicised their names on arrival in Australia to avoid discrimination. I understand the Ellis Island clerks were even more proactive in the US before WW2, either mispelling or actually shortening and anglicising new arrivals names, either through ignorance or prejudice.
 

hotpie

Brownlow Medallist
May 1, 2002
16,708
29
Melbourne
AFL Club
Collingwood
Other Teams
Collingwood
Originally posted by The Phat Side


Ill pay that.

Speaking of chicken, that reminds me, what about Chicken Smallhorn? Did he change his name? Or was his mum fond of poultry?. Or was he a native American Indian? Ive always wondered you know.

He had a small horn.
 

wacca

Rookie
Jan 31, 2002
38
0
Gary Smith from SA changed his name to Lawson-Smith not from Lawson-Smith during his time at Carlton
 

masai

Brownlow Medallist
Jan 18, 2002
11,936
8,346
A bay at Rotto
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
East Rottnest
Originally posted by Dogwatcher


Explain.


He was being "hidden" from other teams who might have wanted to draft L. McPharlin. I understand he kicked a bagful of goals under his alias.

As East Freo was closely involved with the Hawks at that time, and the Hawks main spy in W.A. is / was a East Freo boy, they did a good snow job.
 

Savatage

Premiership Player
Jun 29, 2000
4,533
1,816
Hollywood
AFL Club
St Kilda
Originally posted by masai



He was being "hidden" from other teams who might have wanted to draft L. McPharlin. I understand he kicked a bagful of goals under his alias.

As East Freo was closely involved with the Hawks at that time, and the Hawks main spy in W.A. is / was a East Freo boy, they did a good snow job.

And wasn't it worth it in the end!
 

fabulousphil

Cancelled
Nov 29, 2001
10,927
3,086
perth
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
freo
Originally posted by The Phat Side


Ill pay that.

Speaking of chicken, that reminds me, what about Chicken Smallhorn? Did he change his name? Or was his mum fond of poultry?. Or was he a native American Indian? Ive always wondered you know.

I think youll find Chicken Smallhorn was one of the first cloning and gene technology attempts by McDonalds to grow a beast that could provide them with both chicken and beef in one burger.
 

Bomber Spirit

Norm Smith Medallist
Dec 1, 2001
5,477
11
Sydney
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Essendon
Originally posted by The Phat Side
Speaking of chicken, that reminds me, what about Chicken Smallhorn? Did he change his name? Or was his mum fond of poultry?. Or was he a native American Indian? Ive always wondered you know.
His real name was Wilfred Smallhorn. His name was no more Chicken than Mark Thompson's was Bomber.
 

Savatage

Premiership Player
Jun 29, 2000
4,533
1,816
Hollywood
AFL Club
St Kilda
Originally posted by masai



I'm not complaining, I think the food down Freo way agrees with his stomach.

That's my point!

Good luck to him at the Dockers, you've got a beauty!
 

fabulousphil

Cancelled
Nov 29, 2001
10,927
3,086
perth
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
freo
Kevin Sheedy changed his name to ....... shoot my mouth off about anything, say nothing anyone really understands and think the whole world is against him.

Its a very long name.
 

koulagirl32

Senior List
Jul 15, 2002
258
0
KoulaLand
Other Teams
POWER!!!
Originally posted by fabulousphil
Kevin Sheedy changed his name to ....... shoot my mouth off about anything, say nothing anyone really understands and think the whole world is against him.

Its a very long name.

No wonder I get him confused with Jason Akermanis then...
 

coxon

Premiership Player
Oct 23, 2000
4,853
74
Royston Vasey
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Essendon
Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean Jacque Wamutombo is usually referred as plain old 'dikembe mutombo' in the nba...
 

Dogwatcher

Premiership Player
Jul 10, 2002
4,289
5
Loxton, SA
AFL Club
Collingwood
Other Teams
Central District, Moorook
Originally posted by masai



He was being "hidden" from other teams who might have wanted to draft L. McPharlin. I understand he kicked a bagful of goals under his alias.

As East Freo was closely involved with the Hawks at that time, and the Hawks main spy in W.A. is / was a East Freo boy, they did a good snow job.

I thought that would have been too simple for sophisticated modern day recruiting methods...So we haven't come that far from the 50s in all reality, oh well. It's Back to The Future for me!
 

stumpy

Senior List
Oct 21, 2002
167
0
in your face
Other Teams
MYOB
Originally posted by Bomber Spirit
Kristian Anning at North Melbourne in the early 1990s changed his name to Kristian Bardsley when he went to St Kilda.
Sanford Wheeler, Swans cult hero during the days of the Great Losing Streak of the early 1990s, was originally Matthew Wheeler.

Are there any other players who have changed their name during their playing career?
If you really want to know why Kristian Anning changed his surname to Bardsley was because his mother re-married.

Sandford Wheeler changed his first name because he became an australian.

The same with Lance Piciaone his family changed their surname to make it more australian.
 

footscray1973

Premiership Player
May 17, 2004
3,472
6,278
Pepperland
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Footscray
Pretty sure a VFL player around WWII with a german name (might have even been Schwartz) changed his name to a anglo-saxon name.

I remember reading it in the afl stats guide but I can't find it again!!

It was WW1, Heinz - Haines


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