Frederick Gardiner joined Norwood for the start of the 1933 season, having already played league football for South Adelaide from 1928 - 1932 (39 games, 88 goals).
The goalsneak was cleared to Norwood on April 12, 1933. The Redlegs expected him to develop into a first class forward, aided by the existing strong half-forward line.
Somewhat surprisingly, after the internal pre-season trials, Gardiner was tried at centre half back in round one of the reserves season. He impressed, and the following week was selected in the League team for its round two away clash versus Port Adelaide. Although named in a forward pocket, he was shifted to defence in the second half and showed glimpses of good form.
The match was drawn, but Gardiner was dropped for the next game against North Adelaide.
Gardiner spent the rest of the season in the reserves.
R Cialini May 2022