Kevin Brown was 19 years old when he joined Norwood in 1953 from Callington, a small town 60km east of Adelaide.
A mobile ruckman and back pocket, he was related to the wife of Port Adelaide secretary Bob McLean who had tried to sign Brown several years earlier, but it was Norwood who finally secured his signature.
National service in the Army however restricted Brown to one trial game and three reserves games in 1953.
In 1954 Norwood suddenly had an outstanding ruck division, having secured the services of Bob Skinner and Graham Nicholls to provide support for the established big men, John Marriott and Norm Walker. This enabled Brown to be played at either centre half back or back pocket with an occasional run on the ball.
Brown debuted for the league team in 1954 and played every game including the losing first semi-final against West Torrens and an end of season charity match under lights in October against Port Adelaide , won by Norwood. His consistency throughout the season earned him a services rendered award.
Brown continued in 1955, driving down from Callington, to feature in seven league games and three reserves games and added another four reserves games in 1956.
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