Ronald Francis FOODY


Guernsey Number: 13
NFC Games:
NFC Goals:
Debut: v Sturt-South (Norwood) 21st August 1943
Finale: v Sturt-South (Norwood) 21st August 1943


Wartime competition 1942 -1944
Norwood-North games: 1
Norwood-North goals: 0

Ron Foody was a Stepney boy who played one game for Norwood-North in the World War II competition and a year later enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force.

A 20-year-old back pocket/follower, Ron came in to face Sturt-South at Norwood Oval late in the 1943 season.  Norwood-North began slowly but by dint of straighter goalkicking eked out a 23-point victory, 16.11 to 11.18.  Ron was not a member of the Norwood-North side that won the grand final but is depicted in the premiership photograph, sitting beside captain Jack Oatey in the middle of the front row.

Ron enlisted in the RAAF on 22 August 1944 and was a leading aircraftman on discharge at Tocumwal, NSW, on 19 February 1946.

He was one of three men taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital on 29 May 1947 after a night-time collision between two motor cycles at the intersection of Albemarle and Aveland avenues, North Norwood (now Trinity Gardens).  Ron suffered deep lacerations to the left leg.

A fitter by trade, Ron married Ethel Harris of St Morris at Wesley Church, Norwood, in October 1948 and their daughter Judith was born in July 1954.  An older brother of Ron, Ernest, had married Ethel’s sister Marjorie in April 1946.

Ron was born at St Peters on 30 January 1923, one of six sons and a daughter of Charles Foody and his wife Edith (Crossman).    He died at Stepney on 22 July 2006

P Robins June 2019

<< Back