Peter ‘Redhead’ Blood was a tough ruckman who went through King's College with his life- long mate Bob Haines before both served Norwood loyally and long on and off the field.
Both were valued members of the King's College Premiership teams of 1962 and 1963, under the coaching of former Port Adelaide wingman Bory Hewitson, while at the same time cutting their teeth at Norwood in the Junior Colts and the Under 19s. In 1964 they both played in the Under 19s first semi-final and then the Reserves final.
On top of his 28 senior games, Peter played 70 Reserves games and kicked 37 goals from 1965 to 1970, celebrating premierships in 1966 and 1969. He was Reserves captain in 1967. If you copped one from Captain Blood "you deserved it". He was Best Ruckman in the Under 19s in 1964 and in the Reserves in 1965 and 1967.
Leaving Norwood, Peter played the 1970 season with South Adelaide before moving on to Norwood Union, Port Districts, Mount Compass and Pembroke/King's Old Collegians, where he played in consecutive premierships 1974-1975 and was a captain-coach.
Peter finally returned to his football home at Norwood and served for a number of years on the Past Players and Recruitment and Player Welfare committees.
The Blood-Haines relationship remains strong with Bob being Godfather to Peter’s daughter Alexandra.Peter was born on 24 October 1945 to Bill and Glad Blood. He has two children, Alexandra and Scott. Peter sadly lost his partner, Joyce, prematurely through illness. Peter worked as a Woolbuyer/Trading Manager with G H Michell & Sons Pty Ltd until his retirement.
P Robins, G Adams, H Haines Dec 2019