Like a number of his team-mates twenty-two year-old Alf Formby joined Norwood from the defunct Woodville club. He officiated as goal umpire in the first game of the season against South Adelaide but quickly showed his ability as an elusive forward and good team man to make himself a useful member of the Redlegs’side. He played in seven games in 1878.
From Whimpress, B 1878; Norwood’s first year, by B Whimpress, research by M Coligan. Norwood, Norwood Football Club History Group, 2013 p 86