• William Civiall PLUNKETT
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    Career: 1896 to 1903,1908 to 1909
    NFC Games: 103
    NFC Goals: 10

  • Bill Plunkett was remarkable. In 1901 he made red-and-blue history by leading West Perth to the WA flag, then jumping on a boat to Adelaide - there was no road, rail or air link - and helping Norwood pip Port Adelaide in the SA grand final. No other player celebrated premierships in two states in one season until Stan 'Pops' Heal did it with Melbourne and West Perth in 1941. The youngest of four brothers who played for Norwood, Bill was captain of the Osborns feeder team before he made his senior debut in 1896. By 1900 he was Norwood captain and a key part of a crack half-back line with brother Mick and 'Squasher' Barnes.
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  • The Remarkable Plunketts: Norwood's First Royal Family
  • Historians spend countless hours raking through mountains of dross in the hope of finding a nugget of gold. Our club History Group recently came across a nugget of a different kind - a photograph of the 1893 Norwood and South Australian captain, 'Nug' Plunkett. Henry Archibald Plunkett had a brief, disjointed football career before his untimely death at 27 and no picture of him could be found in years of searching. He was the only one of the 56 Norwood captains since 1878 for whom we had no image.
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