Port Lincoln teenager Clive 'Snow' Goodwin's league dreams ended abruptly when his mother discovered that his sponsor at Norwood, a plumber, had him digging holes as a labourer. She ordered Clive home - and as a dutiful son, and a minor at 18, he obeyed.
His one game with Norwood was not auspicious. Norwood beat Glenelg by nearly 10 goals, but the loose turf at the Wayville Showground was far from ideal. Percy Furler remarked in The Mail: "Glenelg had a stronghold at centre wing, where (Ray) Seeley was far too good for Goodwin. The country recruit was obviously troubled by the conditions, and could not get into his stride on the turf."
Rated the most-improved player in the Port Lincoln Football Association in 1933, Clive celebrated premierships with the red-and-blue Waybacks in 1933 and 1934. He won the R. F. Poole Medal for association best player in 1934 and romped home in the Mail Medal as Waybacks centreman in 1937, polling 28 votes - 15 more than runner-up Les Agars of Kirtonians. Captain of Waybacks in 1942 and 1947, Clive was awarded club life membership in 1949 for his service as a player, secretary, treasurer, committeeman and delegate.
Born at Port Lincoln on 17 December 1917 to Alfred Goodwin and his wife Elizabeth (née Gillespie), Clive was one of six children.
He gave up his job with a printing firm to join Norwood in the middle of the Great Depression. On his return he worked in the railways and was stationed at various towns around the state, including Appamurra (just outside Mannum), Lock and Thevenard, playing football at all those places (excluding war years) before moving back to Port Lincoln towards the end of his football days. He left the railways and eventually became a country bookmaker, covering race meetings all over the west coast from Penong to Jamestown.
Clive married Iris Reynolds of Kadina at the Port Lincoln Methodist Church in 1941. He died at North Adelaide on 10 September 1993. He was survived by his wife and son Garry. An older son, Wayne, sadly died at 21.
Clive's brother Alf also was a prominent player with Waybacks, as were five of Alf's sons. Three of them, Andrew, Paul and Matthew, have captained Waybacks for a combined 12 years in recent times and in 2003 all three played in the club's 100th year premiership team. Matthew won the Mail Medal that year
P Robins March 2019
* Picture and family information kindly supplied by Garry Goodwin, son of Clive.