Guernsey Number: 10
Career: 1919
NFC Games: 5
NFC Goals: 1
Debut: v Sturt (Unley) 12th July 1919
Finale: v South Adelaide (Adelaide) 23rd August 1919


With the recommencement of league football in 1919 following World War 1, the Norwood Football Club realised that any future success was dependent on the quality of the junior footballers available in the district.  Consequently it was reported that the B grade committee, “Scoured the district to secure the best material.”

Around 30 players were approached. Among them was a young ruckman from the Kent Town Football Club, Frank Burrowes. 

He, along with the others were to be tried out in scratch matches against the A Grade team and the best performed would be promoted to senior ranks. Frank was named best player in one of these matches and earned his promotion. He was subsequently chosen for the B team (seconds) for the first part of the season. He performed well and regularly made best player lists and kicked a few goals.

Burrowes gained promotion to the league side against Sturt in mid-July. It was no easy task coming into a side that had won just one of its first nine games. Norwood continued to lose but Frank gained praise for his performances. One report stated ”Burrowes is a ruckman who gives great promise” and in a game against West Torrens it was reported he ”... marked splendidly.”

Burrowes did not add to his five league games in 1920. He did not appear in the trials or in any early games for league or seconds. Frank did reappear for the seconds later in the year however, and his final game was a losing semi-final against Sturt

B Ridge April 2020

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