There was a moment in Keith Hogan’s first and only league match when he might have thought all his football dreams were coming true. Norwood was a rank underdog against the old rival, Port Adelaide, at Alberton Oval and played a wretched first half. Although inaccurate, Port was in full control and led 4.7 to 1.1 at the major break.
On the resumption of play, however, Norwood suddenly came alive. With ruck-rover Lawrence McNamara crashing packs, Richard Townsend sturdy in defence and Les Parnell spearing four goals, Norwood hit the front by a point, 5.1 to 4.8. Long-suffering Redleg fans found their voice as an upset loomed. It was a false hope. Port romped home with the breeze , adding 5.3 to a solitary behind.
Press reporters rated Keith as one of Norwood’s conspicuous players that day, but he was not heard of again. Port went on to win the premiership and Norwood finished bottom.
Keith was born at Murray Bridge on 6 November 1884 to James William Hogan and his wife Catherine, née Smith. Keith had three siblings, Catherine, James and Mary. He married Ann Clark in 1916 and they had five sons, Keith, Gordon, Stephen, Ray and James.
Keith worked as a fitter’s mate. He died on 1 September 1974 and is buried at Centennial Park
P Robins, D Cox May 2020