John Edward Hall played his early football for Norwood High School and the Norwood Football Club Under 17's. He played 14 games for the Under 17's in 1978, but in 1979, an elbow injury incurred in the opening game of the Under 19's season forced him out for the rest of the year.
Tall and strong, the young ruckman made his League debut in round 3, 1980, after injuries had sidelined Neil Button, Ugo Colasante, Grant Dalwood, Michael Holliday and Jim Michalanney. The Redlegs outplayed West Adelaide, winning the match 24.13 to 7.21, in what was Neil Balme's first victory as Norwood's new coach. A groin injury hampered Hall's opening season however, restricting him to just five league games for the year.
Continuing injury concerns further limited his appearances over the next two seasons. Three games into 1982, Hall damaged the cruciate ligaments in his right knee. The injury required a total knee reconstruction, which prevented him playing League football until 1984.
It was worth the wait, as he combined with fellow big man Neil Hein to lead the Norwood rucks in its "History-making" Grand Final victory over Port Adelaide - becoming the first team to win the flag after finishing the minor round in fifth position.
Mid-way into 1985 a broken jaw ended his league season.
He was the recipient of the five Year Valuable Service award in 1986.
Hall made his 100th senior appearance against Sturt on 18/6/1988. Played at Football Park, Norwood easily won the match : 18.11 to 10.16. In what was an impressive year, he was selected in the SANFL State squad and was named fifth in Norwood's Best and Fairest award.
Hall controversially resigned after round 19 of the 1990 season, after a selection dispute. He returned in 1991 under new coach Neil Craig, and was awarded Player Life Membership.
His grandfather Alec (38 NFC games. 1928-32), and John's father Alexander "Pat" (98 NFC games, 1948-1957), also represented the Norwood Football Club with distinction.
R Cialini Jan 2018