Norwood Football Club

Norwood Football Club
Norwood logo.jpg
Full name Norwood Football Club
Nickname(s) The Redlegs
Club details
Founded 1878
Colours      Navy and      Red
Competition South Australian National Football League
Coach Nathan Bassett
Captain(s) James Gallagher
Ground(s) Coopers Stadium (capacity: 22,000)
Other information
Official website
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Norwood Football Club, nicknamed, Redlegs, is an Australian rules football club belonging to the South Australian National Football League in the state of South Australia. Its home ground is Coopers Stadium, often referred to as "The Parade".



The Norwood Football Club was formed at a meeting held at the Norfolk Arms Hotel in Rundle Street, Adelaide on 28 February 1878.

Norwood’s first home ground was in the east parklands near the tramway and opposite the Kent Town Brewery.

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 internationally acclaimed cricketer, George Giffen, kicking Norwood's first 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 9 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, making the 2010 Grand Final.

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.

Memorable Games

1904 Grand Final: Norwood was down by 35 points at 3/4 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 2 goals each from full forward, Bill Miller and half forward flanker, Stan Robinson. Norwood was only 2 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 4 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 7 goals to Sturt's 2 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 5 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.[1]

List of current AFL players drafted from Norwood


Premierships: 27 – 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.

2011 Norwood Playing list

  • 1. Gavin Hughes
  • 2. Toby Schultz
  • 3. Steven Doyle
  • 4. James Gallagher (C)
  • 5. Nick Ramsey
  • 6. Bryce Campbell
  • 7. Jesse Aish
  • 8. Mitchell Grigg
  • 9. Brett Zorzi
  • 10. Nathan Eagleton
  • 31. Tom Langford
  • 32. Michael Ialleggio
  • 33. Trevor Baust
  • 34. Brad Zadow
  • 35. Jordan Johns
  • 36. Matthew Fuller
  • 37. Josh Donohue
  • 38. Brendan Littler
  • 39. Alex Georgiou
  • 40. William Young
  • 41. James Moss
  • 42. Andy Read
  • 43. Josh Allen
  • 44. Matt Thomas
  • 45. Will Dalwood
  • 46.
  • 47. Dylan Harding
  • 48. Tom Bielby
  • 49. Peter Persinos
  • 50.
  • 51. Ben Gazzolla
  • 52.
  • 53. Alex Forster
  • 54. Patrick Levicki
  • 55. Tom Jonas
  • 56.
  • 57.
  • 58.
  • 59. Luke Thomas
  • 60.


Last premiership side (1997)

Norwood 19.12 (126) defeated Port Adelaide 7. 11. (53)[1]

F: J. West, G. Molloy, S. Cook
HF: B. James, A. Pascoe, R. James
C: J. Thiessen, A. Jarman, D. Obst
HB: T. Davey, L. Bowman, T. Clements
B: J. D'Antiochia, D. Fleming, S. Pitt
R: S. Eastaugh, A. Harvey(C), J. Cunningham
Int: A. Keating, S. Bassett, S. Rowe
Coach: P. Rohde

Club jumper

The home jumper is Navy Blue with Red trim on the collar and cuffs.

The Norwood Football Club's current major sponsor is Fairmont Homes.

External links


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