Norman Ware

Norman "Norm" Ware (5 March 1911 – 26 August 2003[1]) was an Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Norm Ware
Ware in 1942
Personal information
Full name Norman Ware
Date of birth 5 March 1911
Date of death 26 August 2003(2003-08-26) (aged 92)
Original team(s) Sale
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 91 kg (201 lb)
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1932–1946 Footscray 200 (220)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1941–1942 Footscray 33 (20–13–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1946.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

A scrupulously fair, clever and unusually pacy ruckman for Footscray, Ware is the only captain-coach to have won the Brownlow Medal, and is likely to remain so indefinitely, as it would be almost impossible for a captain of an AFL team to act as a coach today, and even so, playing coaches are prohibited under salary cap regulations (instituted in 1987) in order to prevent wealthier clubs from circumventing the restrictions of the salary cap and salary floor.

He was recruited from Sale. His brother Wally played for Hawthorn.[2]

In 2001 Ware was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Career highlights

  • Brownlow Medal: 1941
  • Footscray Best and Fairest: 1934, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942
  • Footscray captain: 1940
  • Footscray Team of the Century
  • Victorian representative (10 games, 6 goals)


  1. Lines, Chris (25 August 2003). "Norm Ware dies aged 92". The Age.
  2. "Sale Footballer For Footscray". Gippsland Times. Vic.: National Library of Australia. 2 November 1931. p. 3. Retrieved 16 March 2015.

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