Blades fans column: Double-barrelled names shooting to prominence

Dominic Calvert-Lewin
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Years ago there used to be a footballer called Forbes Phillipson-Masters.

He played in the 1970s and 1980s mainly for Plymouth Argyle and Bristol City.

His career never reached any great heights, but he is remembered by all football fans who were around at that time simply for his spectacular name. With a first name like that and a double-barrelled surname he must have been posh (but probably wasn’t).

How football has changed in the intervening years.

The squads printed on the back page of last Saturday’s match programme included United’s Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Rochdale’s Rueben Noble-Lazarus, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Brian Barry-Murphy, Billy Hasler-Cregg and the hyphenless Jonathan Dibu Musangu.

I’m glad I wasn’t commentating on that lot. Oh, and I’m currently watching Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain playing for England.

I guess it’s a refection of modern society, whereby a lot of women tag their maiden name on to their husband’s surname when they get married (e.g. Jessica Ennis-Hill) and their children therefore go by the hyphenated name. It did get us wondering though, if that other double-barrelled heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson married Dominic Calvert-Lewin (you never know) would she become Katarina Johnson-Thompson-Calvert-Lewin?

Talking of England, there were a few Sheffield connections in England’s two games: Gary Cahill and Ross Barkley both had loan spells here, then against Lithuania we saw Phil Jagielka (captain), Kyle Walker and the former Meadowhall Sunday League player Jamie Vardy. And, of course, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dad used to play on the dark side. There was another: Estonia’s goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu, who sat on United’s bench a few times without ever getting in the first team.

Finally, a big well done to Matt Fitzpatrick for winning his first title as a professional last weekend.

How many other clubs can boast such world-class sporting fans as Fitzpatrick, Ennis-Hill, Joe Root and Kell Brook?