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Alick BISSETT

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Career: 1885
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Alick Bissett played with four different SA Football Association clubs - three of them with his younger brother Jack. Recruited from the Victorians club in 1882, Alick played two seasons at South Adelaide with Jack before the pair moved to ailing North Adelaide in 1884.  When this early manifestation of the North Adelaide club disappeared at the end of the season, the talented brothers completed their football careers at Norwood in 1885 and then bowed out without a premiership to bless them.

Alick and Jack were among nine South players who received gold medals from their club for meritorious service during season 1882. When South beat Port Adelaide, 3.3 to 1.9, at the start of the season, The Adelaide Observer said: "J. Bissett, as he always does, played a fine following game, and his brother's back-play in the first half was one of the prominent features of this exciting contest."

Both brothers were prominent against Norwood in what 'Goalpost' described as "a wretched display of football" in the wet at Adelaide Oval in July. 'Goalpost' said: "The Norwoods were minus Waldron, Watson, Lindsay, Brophy, Longdon, Bragge, and Low, and they asked for a postponement, but the South Adelaides evidently consider that a present victory over a weak team of the premier club is more honourable than a future defeat at the hands of the full team, and they consequently refused to put the match off.  Sooner than forfeit the game the Norwoods got together a scratch team, and the result was they were beaten by 2 goals to 1."

Norwood had the last laugh, winning its fifth successive premiership in 1882 and making it six in a row in 1883.

Alick does not feature heavily in dispatches while playing with North Adelaide in 1884 and starting the season with Norwood in 1885.

P Robins Dec 2017

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