Norwood Football Club
|Full name||Norwood Football Club|
|Colours||Navy and Red|
|Competition||South Australian National Football League|
|Ground(s)||Coopers Stadium (capacity: 22,000)|
Norwood Football Club, nicknamed, Redlegs, is an Australian rules football club competing in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) in the state of South Australia. Its home ground is Coopers Stadium, often referred to as "The Parade".
As of 6 October 2013, Norwood are the most recent SANFL Premiership winners, winning the Grand Final against North Adelaide by 40 points in front of 36,685 AAMI Stadium. It was the Redlegs 29th SANFL Premiership win.
The Norwood Football Club was formed at a meeting held at the Norfolk Arms Hotel in Rundle Street, Adelaide on 28 February 1878.
Norwood played their first match at Adelaide Oval on 16 May 1878 against South Adelaide, who were the reigning champion at the time. Norwood went on to win the match 1 goal to nil, with Test cricketer George Giffen kicking Norwood's goal.
Norwood won a premiership in its first year of existence and then followed with five more in a row. Only Port Adelaide in the 1950s has managed to repeat the feat of winning 6 premierships in a row. Norwood eventually won 11 'pennants' between 1878 and 1899 and was the most successful team of the 1800s.
In 1883, after winning the pennant for the sixth successive year, Norwood became the first South Australian club to record a win over a Victorian team, when it defeated Essendon. In 1888, Norwood were proclaimed 'Premiers of Australia' when they defeated South Melbourne in three matches at Kensington Oval.
Norwood and Port Adelaide became famous rivals after a particularly tough qualifying finals match in 1894.
Early champions of the club include Alfred 'Topsy' Waldron, who captained the club for nine years, Alby Green, the first player to win the Magarey Medal for the best and fairest player in the competition in 1898 and Anthony 'Bos' Daly, who kicked 88 goals in 1893 including an astonishing 23 goals in one match. Daly's goal tally would not be surpassed for another 37 years and his tally of 23 goals in one match has only ever been equalled by the great North Adelaide goal shooter, Ken Farmer. Daly was widely regarded as "the greatest South Australian footballer from 1877 to the close of the nineteenth century".
Norwood were proclaimed the Champions of Australia again in 1907 when they defeated the Victorian premier, Carlton, 13.12 to 8.9 after Norwood scored 7 goals in the first 20 minutes of the third quarter.
The Redlegs are one of the two traditional power-houses in the South Australian National Football League, the other team being the Port Adelaide Magpies, although in recent years both teams fortunes have been less than stellar. However, with the appointment of Nathan Bassett as Senior Coach before the 2010 season, Norwood's on-field fortunes have substantially improved. The club made the 2010 Grand Final, losing a close game to Central Districts by 6 points. However, the club has since gone on to win back to back Premierships in 2012 and 2013.
The rivalry between the two clubs has always been intense, with those claiming allegiance to Norwood typically coming from the eastern side of Adelaide, which is the higher socio-economic side of town; whereas the Port Adelaide Magpies come from the north-west side, leading to a traditional rich-poor split in the following of the two clubs.
1904 Grand Final: Norwood was down by 35 points at three-quarter time against traditional rival Port Adelaide. Norwood then produced an extraordinary burst of football with a goal by centre half forward Dean Dawson followed by two goals each from full forward, Bill Miller and half forward flanker, Stan Robinson. Norwood was only two points down with a minute remaining. Tommy Gibbons held a mark on a seemingly impossible angle. His kick sailed through the goal posts to give Norwood a four point victory 9.8 to 8.10.
1978 Grand Final: 1978 was Norwood's centenary year. Sturt had lost only one game for the year and was odds-on favourite to win its 8th flag in 13 years. Norwood was 29 points down at three-quarter time but scored seven goals to Sturt's two in the last quarter to win the premiership by one point. Memorable moments in the match include Neil Button's effort in ruck against Sturt's Rick Davies, John Wynne's charge into the Sturt coaches box, Michael Taylor's mark 1 metre out from Sturt's goal with a minute to go, Danny Jenkin's leaping smother of a shot for goal with just seconds left to play and Brian Adamson's five goals from centre half forward. However, the most controversial moment was when field umpire Des Foster awarded a spilled mark to Norwood wingman Phil Gallagher, which resulted in the winning goal just minutes from the final siren. Foster later admitted the mark should not have been paid.
- East Parklands (1878–82)
- Kensington Oval (1882–1897)
- Jubilee Oval (1898-1900)
- Norwood Oval (Coopers Stadium) (1901–present)
List of current AFL players drafted from Norwood
- Heath Grundy – Sydney Swans
- Nicholas Duigan – Carlton
- Daniel Gorringe – Gold Coast
- Thomas Jonas – Port Adelaide
- Nick Lower – Fremantle
- Matthew Panos – Western Bulldogs
- Simon Phillips – Port Adelaide
- Paul Puopolo – Hawthorn
- Gavin Roberts – Fremantle
- David Rodan – Richmond, Port Adelaide, Melbourne
- Ryan Schoenmakers – Hawthorn
- Benjamin Speight – North Melbourne
- Matt Thomas – Port Adelaide
- Will Young – Adelaide
- Alex Forster – Fremantle
- Sam Rowe – Carlton
- Luke Brown – Adelaide
- Mitchell Grigg – Adelaide
- Joel Patfull – Brisbane
- Darren Pfeiffer – Port Adelaide
- Cameron Shenton – Saint Kilda
Premierships: 29 – 1878; 1879; 1880; 1881; 1882; 1883; 1887; 1888; 1889; 1891; 1894; 1901; 1904; 1907; 1922; 1923; 1925; 1929; 1941; 1946; 1948; 1950; 1975; 1978; 1982; 1984; 1997; 2012; 2013
2012 Norwood Playing list
- South Australian Premiers: 29 – 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1891, 1894, 1901, 1904, 1907, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1929, 1941, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1997, 2012, 2013
- Champions of Australia: 2 - 1888, 1907
- National Football League Championship (Ardath Cup): 1 - 1977
- South Australian Night Series Winners: 2 – 1956, 1958
- Stanley H. Lewis Trophy: 12 – 1965, 1974, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2011
- Record Attendance at Coopers Stadium: 20,280 v Port Adelaide in Round 8, 1971
- Record Attendance: 58,924 v Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval, 1957 SANFL Grand Final
- Record Attendance at AAMI Stadium: 53,283 v Glenelg, 1975 SANFL Grand Final
- Record Attendance since Adelaide Football Club formation (1991): 44,161 v Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium, 1997 SANFL Grand Final
- Most Games: 371 by Garry McIntosh (1982–98)
- Most Goals in a Season: 111 by Neville Roberts in 1983
- Most Goals for the Club: 669 by Bruce Schultz (1933–41 - 124 games)
- Most Years as Coach: 12 by Jack Oatey (1945–56)
- Most Premierships as Coach: 3 by Jack Oatey (1946, 1948, 1950)
- Most Years as Captain: 9 by Alfred Waldron (1881–84, 1887–90, 1892) and Garry McIntosh (1990–98)
- Most Premierships as Captain: 6 by Alfred Waldron (1881, 1882, 1883, 1887, 1888, 1889)
- Most Best & Fairest Awards: 6 by Michael Taylor (1973–74, 1978–80, 1986)
- Highest Score: 33.21 (219) v North Adelaide 10.9 (69) at Norwood Oval in Round 6, 1977
- Most State Games: 39 by Walter Scott, 1920–32
- Magarey Medallists: Alby Green (1898), Charlie Perry (1915), Walter Scott (1921, 1924, 1930), Alick Lill (1925), Bill McCallum (1936), John Marriott (1951), Ron Kneebone (1966), Michael Aish (1981), Garry McIntosh (1994, 1995), Andrew Jarman (1997), Matt Thomas (2013)
- Fos Williams Medallists: Michael Aish (1983), Garry McIntosh (1984, 1992, 1995), Andrew Jarman (1990), Scott Burns (1994), James Thiessen (1997), Paul McCormack (1998), Anthony Harvey (1999), Scott Borlace (2005)
- Jack Oatey Medallists: Danny Jenkins (1982), Keith Thomas (1984), John Cunningham (1997), Dean Terlich (2012), Brett Zorzi (2013)
- All Australians: John Marriott (1953), Bill Wedding (1961), Graham Molloy (1969), Michael Aish (1983, 1986 [1986 Vice-Captain])
- Gallagher/Williams Cup (v Port Adelaide): 1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
- SANFL Leading Goalkickers: W. Dedman (1878, 1879), J. Traynor (1880), J. Pollock (1880), C. Woods (1888, 1891, 1892), Anthony "Bos" Daly (1893, 1894, 1895), W. Miller (1901, 1904), Richard Townsend (1909), R. Bent (1921, 1924, 1925, 1926), Tom Hart (1922), Bruce Schultz (1941), Peter Dalwood (1946), M Mayo (1953), Ian Brewer (1965), M. Coligan (1972), Jim West (1997)
1997 Premiership side
|Norwood Last Premiership Team|
|B:||J. D'Antiochia||D. Fleming||S. Pitt|
|HB:||T. Davey||L. Bowman||T. Clements|
|C:||J. Thiessen||A. Jarman||D. Obst|
|HF:||B. James||A. Pascoe||R. James|
|F:||J. West||G. Molloy||S. Cook|
|Foll:||S. Eastaugh||A. Harvey (C)||J. Cunningham|
|Int:||A. Keating||S. Bassett||S. Rowe|
Team of the century
|Norwood Team of the Century|
|B:||Michael Taylor||Syd Ackland||Alby Bahr|
|HB:||Syd White||Walter Scott||Ron Kneebone|
|C:||Phil Gallagher||Alick Lill||Doug Olds|
|HF:||Albert Sawley||Neil Button||Garry McIntosh|
|F:||Neville Roberts||Bruce Schultz||Robert Oatey|
|Foll:||John Marriott||Michael Aish||Jack Oatey|
|Int:||Keith Thomas||Bill Wedding||John Wynne|
Club Jumper and Sponsors
The Norwood Football Club's current major sponsor is Fairmont Homes.
- "That 1978 grand final revived". Eastern Courier. 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2009-07-28.