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Clyde CLOSE

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 15, 6
Career: 1921 to 1927
NFC Games: 55
NFC Goals: 68
Debut: v Port Adelaide (Norwood) 9th May 1921
Finale: v Glenelg (Glenelg) 23rd July 1927

Premierships: 1922, 1925
 

Clyde Close was born in Crystal Brook and later attended Unley High School, before playing for Sturt Rovers and eventually Norwood.

Playing mainly at centre half forward, Clyde Close was noted for his spectacular high marking.
 
While he only played 68 games in seven seasons, he was a valuable player in a period when Norwood was blessed with many great players and experienced significant on field success.
 
In his first year, Close was rated best on ground in Norwood's victory over Carlton in the end of season match played on the Norwood Oval.

 The following year, he was high in Norwood's best players in the match against Western Australia's Premiers, East Perth.
 
He was the team's centre half forward in the 1922 and 1925 Grand Final wins, kicked four goals in the 1924 losing Grand Final, but missed the chance to play in the 1923 Premiership because of injury.
 
A great aerialist throughout his career, he was a dangerous goal-kicker despite not being a particular good kick.

R Cialini Dec 2013
 


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