Norwood Football Club

Norwood Football Club, nicknamed the Redlegs, is an Australian rules football club competing in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) in the state of South Australia. It's home ground is Coopers Stadium (Norwood Oval), which often referred to as "The Parade". It is one of the two traditional powerhouse clubs of the SANFL, the other being Port Adelaide, who together have won half of all SANFL premierships (see Port Adelaide–Norwood SANFL rivalry). The club has won 30 SANFL premierships and 1 SANFLW premiership.

Full nameNorwood Football Club
MottoFortis in Procella
(Strength in Adversity)
2017 season
After finals5th
Leading goalkickerKristian Roocke (26)
Best and fairestAlexis Georgiou
Club details
Founded1878 (1878)
CompetitionSouth Australian National Football League
PremiershipsSANFL (30): 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, 2014

SANFLW (1): 2017
Championship of Australia (2):

1888, 1907
NFL Championship Series (1):


WWII Patriotic League (2):
1943, 1944 (as Norwood-North Adelaide)
Ground(s)Coopers Stadium (Capacity: 22,000)
Other information


1878–1899: Nineteenth-century powerhouse

Left: Alfred "Topsy" Waldron was South Australia's first football celebrity. Poached from Carlton after winning the inaugural VFA season, he would go on to win eight premierships with Norwood, captaining the club to its inaugural national title.
Right: Norwood's victorious 1888 Championship of Australia team.
1888 Champions of AustraliaWinsLossesTotal
South Melbourne030
Venue: Kensington Oval, Adelaide

The Norwood Football Club was formed at a meeting held at the Norfolk Arms Hotel in Rundle Street, Adelaide on 28 February 1878. The club gained a large number of players from the then recently dissolved Woodville Football Club (1868–1877).[1]

Norwood's first home ground was in the east Park Lands 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 Test cricketer George Giffen kicking Norwood's goal. During this match the players donned distinctive red stockings which gave rise to the nickname 'Redlegs', the moniker which has remained synonymous with Norwood ever since.[2]

1889 SAFA Premiership Playoff
Australia's First Grand Final.
Port Adelaide595
Venue: Adelaide Oval Crowd: 10,000

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.[3] 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".

1900–1915: pre-WWI era

Left: Norwood's victorious 1907 Championship of Australia team.
Right: Seven time Norwood leading goal-kicker William Miller
1904 SAFA Challenge FinalGBTotal
Port Adelaide81058
Venue: Jubilee Oval Crowd: 11,000[4]

The 1904 Grand Final was a memorable one for Norwood who were 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.

1907 Championship of AustraliaGBTotal
Venue: Adelaide Oval

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. Norwood would beat Carlton again in 1921, but on this latter occasion both clubs were runners up in their respective competitions.

1919–1944: Interwar period and WWII competition

1922–1924: Thomas Leahy success

For his brief coaching stint, Thomas Leahy proved remarkably successful, leading the Redlegs to back to back premierships in 1922 and 1923, a feat that would not be repeated for 90 years.

1925–1929: Walter Scott era

Walter Scott was captain-coach of the Norwood Football Club for five years, leading his team to two grand finals in 1928 and 1929, winning the latter against Port Adelaide.

1945–1956: Jack Oatey era

Over a coaching stint of 12 years, Jack Oatey led the Redlegs to three premierships in 1946, 1948, 1950.

1957–1973: Premiership drought

The period spanning the 1951 and 1973 seasons, totalling twenty three years, was the club's longest without a premiership.

1974–1979: Robert Hammond era

1977: NFL night series premiers

1977 NFL Grand FinalGBTotal
East Perth9761
Venue: Norwood Oval Crowd: 12,000

Robert Hammond would lead the Redlegs to two premierships, one in 1975 and the other in 1978.

In 1977, Norwood defeated East Perth for the NFL night series premiership. Both of these clubs would later make bids to enter the VFL, East Perth in 1980 and Norwood in 1986. Norwood would go on to win the game 10.9 (69) to East Perth's 9.7 (61). This would be Norwood's third and last title in a national competition. Norwood were awarded $50,000 for their win.[5]

1978: 100 years of the Norwood Football Club

1978 SANFL Grand FinalGBTotal
Venue: Football Park Crowd: 50,867

1978 was Norwood's centenary year and Sturt, heading into the grand final, 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?

1980–1990: Neil Balme era

Under the leadership of Western Australian Neil Balme, the Redlegs won two premierships, one in 1982 and a second in 1984. The 1984 premiership was notable as the side came from 5th position at the end of the minor round to win the Grand Final, the first time a team outside the top four had won the competition. Two distinguished Norwood players from this era are Michael Aish and Garry McIntosh.

1991–1997: National League expansion

1991–1995: Neil Craig era

With the formation of the Adelaide Crows, the number of the SANFL's best players leaving the competition skyrocketed. The Norwood Football Club was hit particularly hard just avoiding the wooden spoon in successive years. However to the credit of Neil Craig, he managed to make do with what was at his disposal and in his third year as senior Redlegs coach the side made the 1993 Grand Final. However, timing was to be unfortunate and the Redlegs found themselves up against the recently created Woodville-West Torrens Eagles who were by far the strongest team of the year, losing by a club record 73 points.

1996–1999: Peter Rohde era

1997 SANFL Home & Away SeasonWLDTotal%
Minor Premiers

The Norwood Football Club entered the 1997 SANFL season with purpose and rage that would see it dominate the years competition. During the home and away season the club lost only three games during the minor round with a percentage of 64.82%, second to only that of Port Adelaide's 1914 season percentage of 68.78%. The dominance of Norwood during this year was highlighted on ANZAC day when Norwood played the second placed team of the year, Port Adelaide, winning by 122 points. However, during the second semi-final Norwood lost to Port Adelaide. The loss proved to be a wake up call for a side seemingly winning with ease.

1997 SANFL Grand FinalGBTotal
Port Adelaide71153
Venue: Football Park Crowd: 44,161

The following week a win over Central District saw them make the Grand Final, where again they would play Port Adelaide, this time in front of 44,161 eager spectators. Norwood were no longer complacent like they had been a couple weeks ago and dished out Port Adelaide's greatest ever grand final defeat in the SANFL winning by 73 points, 19.12 (126) to 7.11 (53). With midfielders Anthony Harvey (Jack Oatey Medallist), John Cunningham and Andrew Jarman playing superbly, the Redlegs had their Magpie opponents chasing shadows all afternoon. Norwood's victory, which came during the same season Port Adelaide's controversial bid to enter the AFL came to fruition, meant the satisfaction it generated amongst Redleg supporters was euphoric.

2000–2009: Tough times

The euphoria of the 1997 grand final victory would be short lived with the club only making it to another grand final once in the next decade, losing to Port Adelaide. The decade would see club revenue reduced to its minimum extent as the AFL took an economic hold of football in the state. During this time the club picked up only its 6th wooden spoon and its first for over three decades.

2010–2013: Nathan Bassett and Norwood resurgence

Norwood won their 28th and 29th SANFL premierships in 2012 and 2013 by defeating West Adelaide and North Adelaide respectively and lost only five minor round games over those two years (two in 2012, three in 2013). It was the first time in 90 years (1922 and 1923) that the club had won back-to-back premierships. By coincidence, Norwood defeated Wests in 1922 and North in 1923.[6]

2014–2016: Ben Warren as coach

Norwood won the first Grand Final played at Adelaide Oval since 1973, defeating arch-rival Port Adelaide by 4 points in-front of 38,644 spectators.
2014 SANFL Grand FinalGBTotal
Port Adelaide111278
Venue: Adelaide Oval Crowd: 38,644

In his first season as coach Ben Warren, with recruiting restrictions due to a salary cap breach and the loss of 12 premiership players, managed to guide the club to a Grand Final, in which Norwood defeated its biggest rival by 4 points, Norwood 12.10 (82) Port Adelaide 11.12 (78), in front of the largest Grand Final crowd for 15 years of 38,644. The win was significant given that the Port Adelaide team of 21 included 19 full-time professional AFL-listed players. It was also Norwood's 30th premiership, and completed a hat-trick following on from its 2012 and 2013 flags. The victory left Norwood as the team that won both the last Grand Final at Football Park and the first Grand Final at the newly refurbished Adelaide Oval.

In 2015, Norwood started the season 9-1 despite losing their captain Kieran McGuinness to retirement along with Gavin Hughes over the off-season, Anthony Wilson to the Adelaide Crows and Steven Baldasso suffering a season ending knee injury during the pre-season. The Redlegs were top of the ladder after Round 10 but a loss to bottom side Glenelg in round 11 would prove pivotal as they fell away in the second half of the season to only win 2 of their remaining 9 games with an horrific run of injuries to key players. They finished 4th after the minor round with 11-7, equal third with West Adelaide, but with inferior percentage were sent to an Elimination Final and were bundled out by 44 points by Central District.

2016 season saw the Redlegs regain Andrew Kirwan from overseas, Matt Fuller, Anthony Wilson and Jaryd Cachia from AFL duties but this did not cover the losses of James Allan, Michael Newton, Liam Davis and Mat Suckling, all to retirement, with Andrew McInnes and Mitch Wilkins returning to Melbourne after only one year and Kane Murphy returning to Sydney. The Redlegs started well with a win over archrivals, Port Adelaide, at Coopers Stadium by 25 points with Simon Phillips copping a season ending shoulder injury. A shock loss to North Adelaide by 57 points was the start of things to come as the Redlegs struggled with many injuries throughout the year which started with Michael Chippendale missing for the first six weeks and then significant injuries to key players in Bode, Panos, Cachia, Phillips and Webber throughout the year saw the Redlegs struggle without their star players. Norwood managed to win three of their last six games of the season with a shock win over ladder leaders, Woodville-West Torrens, by 24 points at Coopers Stadium which was the Redlegs stand out game in a poor season. This led to the departure of their Senior Coach, Ben Warren, with both parties not being able to come to an agreement over the club's future. Ben Warren ended with a win-loss record of 31-27.

2017–present: Evolution

Norwood were a foundation member of the SANFL Women's (SANFLW) competition in 2017. They claimed their first (and currently only) premiership in the competition in the inaugural 2017 season.[7]


The Norwood Football Club is one of two traditional power-house clubs in the South Australian National Football League, the other team being the Port Adelaide Football Club. As a result, their rivalry was the biggest in South Australian sport for over 100 years before the arrival of the Showdown. The two clubs still consistently attract the largest crowds during the SANFL minor round.

Current club song

It's a grand old flag

It's a grand old flag, it's a high flying flag

It's the emblem for me and for you
It's the emblem of the team we love
The team of the Red and the Blue.
Every heart beats true for the Red and the Blue
As we sing this song to you [What do we sing?]
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
Keep your eye on the Red and the Blue.

Oh the team played fine in the year 29
The Redlegs that no-one could lick, lick, lick
From the crowds first yell to the final bell
The spirit of old forty six, six, six.
Every heart beats true for the Red and the Blue
As we sing this song to you [What do we sing?]
Should auld acquaintance be forgot

Keep your eye on the Red and the Blue.

based on George M. Cohan's, You're a Grand Old Flag

1878 club song

Men of Norwood

All who love the noble game, hear the story I proclaim;

How the Norwoods earned their fame [How they won their glory].
First, against the Souths so strong, Cheers went up, both loud and long;
Forward! Norwoods, red and blue. Fair ones' smiles encourage you.

Cheer the bonny red and blue,
Cheer the colours fast and true,
Keep their colours still in view,
Forward! Men of Norwood.

Who will e'er forget that day, Sturdy Mac led on the play,
Giffen dashing through the fray, Kicked first goal for Norwood?
And from thousand throats that cried, Cleft the air up to the skies.
Forward! Norwood, red and blue. Fair ones' eyes are watching you.


When they met the sprightly Vics, With their little marks and tricks,
People thought would be a fix, Too much for the Norwoods.
Like the Souths the Vics were licked, Traynor for us one goals kicked.
Forward! Norwoods, red and blue, Wiry Vics you did subdue.


Sturdy Ports and Adelaides, Little Parks [those knowing blades]
Kensingtons, who love the maids, All succumbed to Norwood.
So the first year passed away, And our men still held the sway;

Forward! Norwood, red and blue, Beauty's lips are praising you.

Arthur Diamond, To the tune of 'Killarney'

Famous supporters

Home grounds

The current home ground for the Norwood Football Club is Norwood Oval. It has been the club's home since 1901 and under current naming rights it is referred to as 'Coopers Stadium'.

Current playing list

Norwood Football Club
Senior list Coaching staff
  • 21 Luke Wilson
  • 22 Cliff Wilson
  • 23 Lewis Johnston
  • 24 Lachlan Pascoe
  • 25 Cameron Shenton
  • 26 Isacc Hewson
  • 27 Mitch Wilkins
  • 28 Ben Jefferies
  • 29 Adam Zeni
  • 30 Brady Dawe
  • 31 Luke Surman
  • 32 Joe Bielby
  • 33 Fallon Wanganeen
  • 34 Hugo Falbusch-Moore
  • 35 Darcy Pisani
  • 36 Matthew Fuller
  • 37 Chris Olsson
  • 38 Cole Gerloff
  • 39 Alex Georgiou
  • 40 Anthony Giannini
  • 41 Will Abbott
  • 42 Ed Smart
  • 43 Patrick Levicki
  • 44 Mitchell Carter
  • 45 Saverio Trimboli
  • 48 Corey Di Stefano
  • 49 Brodie Carroll
  • 50 Keiran Agius
  • 51 Nick Pedro
  • 52 Luke Valente
  • 53 Josh Richards
  • 54 Tom Charlton
  • 55 Cameron Ball
  • 56 James Siviour
  • 57 Jacob Collins
  • 58 Lachlan Charlton
  • 59 Sam Buckham
  • 60 Seb Webb

Head coach

  • Jarrod Cotton

Assistant coaches

  • James Saywell
  • Gavin Hughes
  • Jeremy Cini

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • Long-term injury list
  • (vet) Veterans list-->

Updated: 21 March 2018
Source(s): Players

AFL/VFL players (including Rookies)

There is a list of past and present Norwood players who have played at AFL/VFL:

Membership and attendance

YearMembersChange from previous SeasonEnd of minor roundsFinishing positionAverage crowdChange from previous seasonLargest home crowd
2015 4,050[14] 912 5 5 3,156 954 6,927
2016 3,209

Honour roll

Norwood Football Club honour roll
South Australian Football Association era
Year Pos W-L-D % Coach Captain Best and Fairest Leading goalkicker Goals
18781 (Premiers) 8–0–4 94Joseph Osborn Joseph OsbornN/AWilliam Dedman12*
18791 (Premiers) 9–0–1 91Joseph Osborn Joseph OsbornN/AWilliam Dedman12*
18801 (Premiers) 7–2–1 86Joseph Osborn Joseph OsbornN/AJoseph Traynor7*
18811 (Premiers) 10–0–3 82Alfred WaldronAlfred WaldronN/AJoe Pollock
W.J. Duffy
18821 (Premiers) 13–1–0 75Alfred Waldron Alfred WaldronN/AJim Watson12
18831 (Premiers) 12–3–1 70Alfred Waldron Alfred WaldronN/AFrederick Letchford7
18842 (Runner-up) 9–4–1 64Alfred Waldron Alfred WaldronN/AFrederick Letchford10
18852 (Runner-up) 7–7–1 67Alfred Roberts Alfred RobertsN/AA.B. Rowe9
18863 7–6–1 59Alfred Roberts Alfred RobertsN/AFrederick Letchford8
18871 (Premiers) 12–2–4 75Alfred Waldron Alfred WaldronN/AJohn Daly15
18881 (Premiers)
Champions of Australia
14–1–2 59Alfred Waldron Alfred WaldronN/ACharles Woods29*
18891 (Premiers) 15–2–1 77Alfred Waldron Alfred WaldronN/ACharles Woods31
18902 (Runner-up) 15–3–0 73Alfred Waldron Alfred WaldronN/ACharles Woods44
18911 (Premiers) 13–3–0 72Alfred Grayson Alfred GraysonN/ACharles Woods55*
18923 10–6–0 67Alfred WaldronAlfred WaldronN/ACharles Woods46*
18932 (Runner-up) 12–3–3 72Henry Plunkett
John Daly
Henry Plunkett
John Daly
N/AAnthony Daly88*
18941 (Premiers) 15–5–1 62John DalyJohn DalyN/AAnthony Daly48*
18952 (Runner-up) 11–4–1 65John Daly John DalyN/AAnthony Daly46*
18962 (Runner-up) 10–6–2 59Jack Holbrook Jack HolbrookN/ACharles Woods20
18973 11–5–1 66Richard Correll Richard CorrellJohn DalyCharles Woods24
18983 8–7–0 53Richard Correll Richard CorrellN/AAnthony Daly12
18992 (Grand-Finalist) 11–4–1 60Ernest Peters Ernest PetersN/AWilliam Miller26
19004 8–7–0 52William Plunkett William PlunkettN/AWilliam Miller23
19011 (Premiers) 14–5–0 60Garsham Barnes Garsham BarnesJames GosseWilliam Miller44*
19025 6–6–0 66Garsham Barnes Garsham BarnesW. TrembathWilliam Miller21
19034 8–5–0 71William Plunkett William PlunkettWilliam PlunkettWilliam Miller27
19041 (Premiers) 12–2–1 71Phil Newland Phil NewlandJohn Bahr
Lionel Hill
William Miller35*
19053 8–5–0 60James Gosse James GosseWilliam MillerWilliam Miller24
19063 12–2–0 68Dean Dawson

Phil Newland

Dean Dawson
Phil Newland
Charles GwynneLionel Hill 21
South Australian Football League era
Year Pos W-L-D Coach Captain Best and Fairest Leading goalkicker Goals
19071 (Premiers)
Champions of Australia
12–3–0 58 John Bahr John BahrCharles GwynneLeonard Chamberlain27
19082 (Grand-Finalist) 11–3–1 61 John Bahr John BahrJohn Bahr

Lionel Hill

Jack Chamberlain30
19092 (Grand-Finalist) 8–6–0 54 John WoodsJohn BahrLionel Hill Richard Townsend22*
19103 7–7–0 53 John WoodsJonh BahrLance LewisLeonard Chamberlain19
19115 6–6–0 46 Jonh BahrCharles McGaviskPhil RobinRichard Townsend18
19126 4–8–0 44 Jonh BahrJohn BahrRichard TownsendLeonard Chamberlain23
19137 (Wooden Spoon) 2–10–0 44 William PlunkettVictor StephensSidney WhiteWalter Steele13
19147 (Wooden Spoon) 4–8–0 45 Algernon MillhouseAlgernon MillhouseSidney WhiteGuy Stephens19
19157 (Wooden Spoon) 3–9–0 40 Clarence PackhamClarence PackhamClarence PackhamGuy Stephens11
Play suspended due to WWI
19197 (Wooden Spoon) 1–11–0 40 William HuttonSidney WhiteSpencer SibleySpencer Sibley18
19202 (Grand-Finalist) 7–7–0 William HuttonRichard TownsendWalter ScottRichard Townsend15
19212 (Grand-Finalist) 11–6–1 52 William HuttonSidney WhiteWalter ScottRoy Bent44*
19221 (Premiers) 14–2–0 64 Thomas LeahySidney WhiteClaude TooveyTom Hart50*
19231 (Premiers) 13–2–1 56 Thomas LeahySidney WhiteWalter ScottRoy Bent50
19243 10–5–1 58 Thomas LeahySidney WhiteAlick LillRoy Bent54*
19251 (Premiers) 13–3–0 60 Sidney WhiteSidney WhiteAlick LillRoy Bent59*
19263 10–6–0 53 Walter ScottWalter ScottWalter ScottRoy Bent65*
South Australian National Football League era
Year Pos W-L-D Coach Captain Best and Fairest Leading goalkicker Goals
19276 7–10–0 48 Walter ScottWalter ScottAlick LillAlfred Biddell36
19282 (Grand-Finalist) 12–8–0 51 Walter ScottWalter ScottWalter ScottHeinrich Krome38
19291 (Premiers) 14–4–1 57 Walter ScottWalter ScottCharles DalyLyall Mutton41
19303 11–6–1 54 Walter ScottWalter ScottWalter ScottHeinrich Krome39
19314 9–9–0 48 Alick Lill
Ernest Wadham
Walter Scott
Alick Lill
Ernest Wadham
Joseph Johns
Joseph JohnsHeinrich Krome28
19323 11–8–0 51 Walter ScottJoseph JohnsAlfred BiddellBill McCallum37
19332 (Grand-Finalist) 12–8–2 53 Alick LillEric JohnsonFrederick McCallumHeinrich Krome53
19347 5–12–0 46 Alick LillHeinrich Krome
Lavington Chinnery
Harold AllingtonBruce Schultz66
19354 11–7–0 51 Jack Sexton
Sidney Ackland
Eric Johnson
Thomas Woodfoofe
Jack Sexton
Thomas Woodroofe
Thomas WoodroofeBruce Schultz66
19365 10–7–0 53 Sidney AcklandThomas WoodroofeBill McCallumRon Brown64
19373 13–6–0 58 Sidney AcklandThomas WoodroofeAlbert SawleyRon Brown95
19383 13–6–0 56 Alan ArthurThomas WoodroofeFrederick McCallumRon Brown86
19394 11–7–0 50 Alan ArthurThomas Woodroofe
Hubert Warhurst
Hubert WarhurstBruce Schultz98
19404 8–10–0 52 Kevin Hardiman
Alan Smith
Kevin Hardiman
Hubert Warhurst
Bruce Schultz
Jack OateyBruce Schultz90
19411 (Premiers) 15–5–0 58 Frederick McCallumKevin HardimanJack OateyBruce Schultz100*
Temporary geographical merger with North Adelaide during WWII
1942 3
1943 1 (Premiers)
1944 1 (Premiers)
Competition returns to unaligned teams
19453 11–8–0 57 Jack OateyJack OateyJack OateyNeville Way39
19461 (Premiers) 16–3–0 58 Jack OateyJack OateyDouglas OldsPeter Dalwood70*
19472 (Grand-Finalist) 16–3–0 58 Jack OateyJack OateyDouglas OldsNeville Way49
19481 (Premiers) 16–3–0 57 Jack OateyJack OateyJack OateyGraham Farrow64
19493 12–7–0 54 Jack OateyJack OateyJohn MarriottPeter Dalwood41
19501 (Premiers) 15–4–0 61 Jack OateyJack OateyDouglas OldsRon Williams59
19515 9–9–0 52 Jack OateyJack OateyJohn MarriottMax Mayo29
19522 (Grand-Finalist) 12–8–0 53 Jack OateyJack OateyKevin GallagherPeter Dalwood27
19534 10–9–0 52 Jack OateyJohn MarriottMax MayoMax Mayo78*
19544 9–10–0 51 Jack OateyJohn MarriottRobert EdwardsPeter Vivian35
19552 (Grand-Finalist) 12–6–1 55 Jack OateyJohn MarriottJohn MarriottNorman Walker39
19564 10–9–0 49 Jack OateyJohn MarriottRon ReimannRobert Fosdike33
19572 (Grand-Finalist) 13–8–0 51 Haydn Bunton, Jr.Ron ReimannNorman WalkerNorman Walker37
19584 7–11–1 47 Haydn Bunton, Jr.Haydn Bunton, Jr.Graham NichollsPeter Vivian27
19596 7–11–0 47 Alan KilligrewPeter VivianGraham NichollsPeter Vivian35
19602 (Grand-Finalist) 13–8–0 55 Alan KilligrewPeter AishPeter AishPhil Stephens50
19612 (Grand-Finalist) 13–9–0 54 Alan KilligrewPeter AishPeter Aish
Kingsley Wedding
John Lill40
19623 12–8–1 54 Alan KilligrewPeter AishKingsley WeddingJohn Lill52
19635 11–9–0 49 Douglas OldsRon KneeboneKingsley WeddingMark Skinner37
19646 9–10–1 49 Douglas OldsRon KneeboneKingsley WeddingRobert Martin30
19654 13–8–0 56 Haydn Bunton, Jr.Haydn Bunton, Jr.Kingsley WeddingIan Brewer96*
19667 9–11–0 48Haydn Bunton, Jr.Haydn Bunton, Jr.Ron KneeboneIan Brewer76
19676 10–10–0 49 Haydn Bunton, Jr.Haydn Bunton, Jr.Robert OateyRobert Oatey45
196810 (Wooden Spoon) 3–16–1 45Robert OateyRobert OateyRobert OateyRobert Oatey30
19699 3–17–0 43Robert OateyRobert OateyGil ButchartRobert Oatey33
19705 10–8–2 50Robert OateyRobert OateyMichael PoulterMichael Coligan77
19715 10–11–0 51Robert OateyRobert OateyRobert OateyRoger Woodcock58
19724 14–7–1 54Robert OateyRobert OateyRobert OateyMichael Coligan81*
19734 11–12–0 52Robert OateyRobert OateyMichael TaylorRoss Dillon46
19744 16–8–0 57 Robert HammondRobert HammondMichael TaylorRoger Woodcock68
19751 (Premiers) 18–3–0 58 Robert HammondJohn WynneRoss DillonRoss Dillon66
19764 12–11–0 52Robert HammondJohn WynneRodney PopeJim Michalanney63
19775 13–10–0 58Robert HammondJohn WynneNeil CraigPaul Adler67
19781 (Premiers) 18–8–0 56Robert HammondMichael TaylorMichael TaylorRoger Woodcock42
19794 12–12–0 54Robert HammondMichael TaylorMichael TaylorBruce Winter45
19802 (Grand-Finalist) 15–11–0 50Neil BalmeMichael TaylorMichael TaylorRoger Woodcock62
19813 15–9–1 54Neil BalmePhil GallagherMichael AishGary Menzel37
19821 (Premiers) 18–7–0 57Neil BalmePhil Gallagher
Greg Turbill
Greg TurbillNeville Roberts83
19833 15–10–0 55Neil BalmeGreg TurbillMichael AishNeville Roberts111
19841 (Premiers) 17–9–0 51Neil BalmeDanny JenkinsMichael AishNeville Roberts98
19854 14–9–1 52Neil BalmeNeville RobertsKeith ThomasNeville Roberts47
19865 12–11–0 52Neil BalmeNeville RobertsMichael TaylorKeith Thomas40
19873 15–10–0 55Neil BalmeMichael AishGarry McIntoshMark Ducker54
19883 15–10–0 57Neil BalmeMichael AishRichard AndersonRodney Maynard50
19893 14–11–0 52Neil BalmeMichael AishRodney MaynardAndrew Pascoe47
19905 12–9–0 54Neil BalmeGarry McIntoshStephen RoweJames Weeding50
19917 7–14–1 48Neil CraigGarry McIntoshGarry McIntoshDavid Payne51
19927 9–13–0 52Neil CraigGarry McIntoshMichael AishMark Jones54
19932 (Grand-Finalist) 15–9–0 54Neil CraigGarry McIntoshStephen PattersonChris Prime87
19944 12–12–0 52Neil CraigGarry McIntoshJerry D'AntiochiaChris Prime53
19953 17–8–0 59Neil CraigGarry McIntoshMatthew PrimusJames Thiessen54
19963 16–7–0 56Peter RohdeGarry McIntoshJohn CunninghamAshley Reade65
19971 (Premiers) 19–4–0 65Peter RohdeGarry McIntoshAndrew JarmanJim West80*
19984 12–10–0 52Peter RohdeGarry McIntosh
Anthony Harvey
Anthony HarveyCristian O'Brien31
19992 (Grand-Finalist) 15–9–0 52Peter RohdeAnthony HarveySteven PittRobert Neill36
20005 10–11–0 52Neville RobertsAnthony HarveyScott DireenRobert Neill42
20014 12–10–0 52Neville RobertsAnthony HarveyTroy ClementsScott Borlace
Robert Neill
20023 17–5–0 58Garry McIntoshBrett JamesBrett JamesJarrod Cotton42
20036 9–10–1 48Garry McIntoshBrett JamesBrett JamesRobert Neill38
20049 (Wooden Spoon) 4–16–0 42Garry McIntoshBrett JamesScott BorlaceMatthew Bartemucci26
20056 9–11–0 47Dale LewisBrett JamesBrett JamesRobert Neill44
20067 9–11–0 46Trevor HillBrett JamesScott BorlaceJamie Vlatko31
20077 8–12–0 47Trevor HillJames GallagherJames GallagherJamie Vlatko60
20084 10–11–1 48Trevor HillJames GallagherJames GallagherTaylor Walker56
20097 7–13–0 49Trevor Hill
Jarrod Cotton
James GallagherBrett ZorziSam Rowe40
20102 (Grand-Finalist) 14–10–0 55 Nathan BassettJames GallagherNick LowerSam Rowe40
20113 15–8–0 55 Nathan BassettJames GallagherKieran McGuinnessCameron Shenton43
20121 (Premiers) 20–2–0 63 Nathan BassettKieran McGuinnessBrett ZorziLuke Jericho41
20131 (Premiers) 19–3–0 63 Nathan BassettKieran McGuinnessBen JefferiesBen Warren36
20141 (Premiers) 14–7–0 56 Ben WarrenKieran McGuinnessKieran McGuinnessMichael Newton55
20155 11–8–0 51 Ben WarrenAlex GeorgiouMatthew PanosSimon Phillips17
20168 6-12-0 46 Ben WarrenAlex GeorgiouMatthew FullerLewis Johnston31
20175 10-8-1 46 Jarrod CottonJace BodeAlex GeorgiouKristian Roocke26
  • Signifies SANFL leading goal kicker

Club achievements

Club Achievements
CompetitionLevelWinsYear Won
Championship of AustraliaChampions21888, 1907
Runners Up 1 1975
National Football League Championship Champions 1 1977
SAFA/SAFL/SANFLPremiers30 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882
1883, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1891
1894, 1894, 1904, 1907, 1922
1923, 1925, 1929, 1941, 1946
1948, 1950, 1975, 1978, 1982
1984, 1997, 2012, 2013, 2014
Runners Up231884, 1885, 1890, 1893, 1895
1896, 1899, 1908, 1920, 1921
1928, 1933, 1947, 1952, 1955
1957, 1960, 1961, 1980, 1993
1999, 2010, 2018
Pre-Season Premierships21956, 1958
Stanley H. Lewis Memorial Trophy131965, 1974, 1982, 1984, 1985
1986, 1987, 1995, 1996, 1997
1998, 2011, 2012, 2018
South Australian Patriotic League Premiers 2 1943, 1944
SANFL Women's Premiers 1 2017

Individual awards

Magarey Medallists

Fos Williams Medallists

Jack Oatey Medallists

  • 1982 – Danny Jenkins
  • 1984 – Keith Thomas
  • 1997 – John Cunningham
  • 2012 – Dean Terlich
  • 2013 – Brett Zorzi
  • 2014 – Matt Panos

Ken Farmer Medallists


Sporting Life Magazine

Interstate carnivals

Club records


Most games

Most goals in a season

Most goals

Most years as coach

Most premierships as coach

Most years as captain

Most premierships as captain

Most best and fairest awards

Highest score

Most state games

Team of the century

Norwood Redlegs team of the century[15]
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 (c)
Int: Keith Thomas Bill Wedding John Wynne
Sam Gallagher
Coach: Jack Oatey


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