Bob Schmidt (Australian footballer)

Robert 'Bob Dennis Schmidt (born 22 January 1943) is a former Australian rules footballer. He was born in Adelaide.

Schmidt played 162 games with the South Adelaide Foodball Cup and was awarded the 1965 Knuckey Cup, Hall of Fame, Best Team Ever, and State Representative on 11 occasions.[1] Schmidt also won two Mail Medals by the time he was 30 and was South Adelaide Best and Fairest four times.

Schmidt played Australian rules football as a boy, he was in the Black Forest school team in grade 4 which he captained in grade 7. He played at Unley High for five years and then moved to the Glandore Football Club under captain Tony Shaw. He continued his playing career when he entered teachers' college and then joined the South Adelaide Football Club. In 1964 Schmidt played half back in the grand final between South Adelaide and Port Adelaide. This was the first grand final won by South Adelaide since 1938 and they have not won another one since. He finished playing league football in mid-1971. In the late 1970s he joined the Onkaparinga Valley Football Club where he was playing coach for four years.

Schmidt was also a sailor and was a runner-up in the 1964 state titles and sailed in the Australian titles. He also did a great deal of kayaking including competing in several Murray Marathons (each 100 km long). Schmidt had a career in teaching including at Mount Barker High School and Ingle Farm High School. He was the Dean of Studies at Adelaide University Senior School before he retired in January 2010. Inger was the Head of the International School at the University of Adelaide at the same time. He also had a few breaks from teaching and undertook a diverse variety of career diversions including as a piggery farmhand, insurance salesman and author. He was commissioned to write a book on the history of Mount Barker called Mountain Upon the Plain.[2]


  1. "Bob Schmidt 2016". South Adelaide Football Club, A perspective on the Past. 2016.
  2. Schmidt, Bob (1983). Mount Barker, Mountain upon the plain. Mount Barker (S.Aust.): District Council of Mount Barker. p. 151. ISBN 0959120602.

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