Stephen Bailey was recruited by Norwood from the VFL club Box Hill Hawks. As the grandson of the fast and tenacious Laurie Kerr (a Carlton vice-captain, member of Carlton’s Team of the Century and a wingman for Victoria) Stephen carried high expectations when he joined the Redlegs in 2005.
His coach at Norwood, Trevor Hill, said: "He was quite a driven professional footballer who worked hard on his fitness. He was very quiet and unassuming and popular."
Highly visible with his blond locks, Stephen was a two-sided player who covered heaps of territory in his three seasons with the Redlegs, kicking 22 goals in 54 games.
A personal trainer who ran his own business in Adelaide, Stephen transferred to West Adelaide where he played 40 games between 2008 and 2011 under coach Andy Collins, a triple premiership defender with Hawthorn.
After six reserves games with West Adelaide in 2011, he returned to Melbourne.
In 2015 Bailey was charged with the murder of his mother Penny Bailey. In April 2017 the Victorian Supreme Court found him not guilty of murder due to mental impairment and ordered that he be taken into psychiatric care.
P Robins Dec 2017