Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker
Our challenge to find rider names that are also occupations came up with a few interesting lists. These are reproduced below. Thanks to Jim Henry who suggested the challenge.
Steve decided to avoid occupations that were also titles, such as King and Pope. He also elected to not take liberties with spelling, therefore the likes of Tyler and Forrester are not included.
Tracy stretched things a little, but who could fail to smile at him listing Craven as an alternative name for a dietician? He also found three sheep based occupations - a handy reminder that he lives in New Zealand!
Sheffield fan Norman came up an interesting nugget of information, apparently Pijper means Innkeeper.
Ken tried to find one occupation for each letter of the alphabet, suggesting that either the rules were badly explained or that Ken really likes a challenge! His comment of "A curse on Jim for asking this" suggests that he's spent some serious thinking time on this!
Robert, whose contributions have brightened this site for a number of years now, went off on an interesting tangent.
Back in the first teams in 1928, West Ham had a Don TAYLOR and White City (London) had a Harold COOK
On a slightly different note, Both Harringay and White City London had a DICKY BIRD.
Coventry had a LORD, Cyril Lord.
Lea Bridge had A SLOW rider, Alex Slow.
Wembley should have no matches rained off because they had FAIRWEATHER, a Bert Fairweather.
And of Course, we had religious Riders, Phil BISHOP (West Ham) and Joe ABBOTT (Burnley, before becoming a Belle Vue Ace), Hall Green (Birmingham) had a CROSS, Tom Cross, and stretching religion slightly, but definitely work, we had a (good) SHEPHERD, Harry Shepherd started in 1930 with Crystal Palace. We could even push our luck for the first Man, ADAM, well actually, it was Adams, Jack Adams of West Ham.
I think I need to get out more!
This article was first published on 7th June 2007
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