Jon Burton was recruited from Peterborough in 1960, and proved to be an outstanding junior footballer for the club.
A talented and courageous rover, he won the Tomkins Medal in 1962 and 1963 for the Best and Fairest player in the Thirds competition. In both those years, he also won the trophy for best player in the SA side that played Victoria on the MCG (1962) and Adelaide Oval (1963), as well as winning Norwood's Best and Fairest award in 1962 and 1963, and being part of the 1963 premiership team.
In 1965, he was named most courageous and determined in the Reserves.
Burton made his League debut late in 1965 and played in the last five games of that season. He then missed all of 1966 with a kidney disorder.
He returned in 1967, playing six League matches (up to Round 15), before sustaining a serious knee injury at Thursday night training. The injury resulted in the cartilage having to be removed.
Unfortunately, injury and illness cut short Burton's career and he did not play League football again.
Jon Burton died in 1975 and, for some time after, the Norwood Under 19's Best and Fairest award was named the "Jon Burton Memorial Medal".
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