Wartime competition 1942-1944
Norwood-North games: 3
Norwood-North goals: 5
When Lionel Blackmore joined the NFC Hall of Fame, Norwood’s most famous centre line was back together again.
Sam Gallagher, Blackmore and Doug Olds played in five grand finals for
three premierships just after the War and always entertained the crowds.
He might have been stuck between two stars, but Lionel was far from a
middling player himself. In an era when most footballers turned only
one way, he was an accomplished two-sided performer, a gift that was
much appreciated by Sam and Doug on the wings. Lionel was well
balanced, elusive and renowned for his kicking skills with either foot.
His enthusiasm for the game was infectious. Lionel gave his all for
Norwood, was vice-captain for two years and while still a player served
on the club’s committee until injury ended his career. He also returned
later as a selector and chairman of selectors during a difficult period
A club annual report from his playing days acknowledges Lionel as a fine
clubman. He was a fine team man, too. With all that going for them
across the centre, Gallagher, Blackmore and Olds on song together for
Norwood was a sight to see.