By the time Robert "Bob" Kingston transferred to Norwood in 1968, he had already established himself as a regular VFL footballer. He made his debut for South Melbourne in 1961 as a 16 year old and had played as a ruckman or a key position player at both ends of the ground.
He recorded 94 games in his seven seasons with South Melbourne. While at South Melbourne he had an operation which resulted in an incorrect toe being amputated.
Powerfully built and athletic, Kingston was an ideal fit for a team in need of quality players with experience. Unfortunately he was plagued by injuries in his three seasons at Norwood and played just 21 games, missing the entire 1969 season.
He did show signs of his undoubted ability however, making the South Australian state squad at the start of 1970, together with Phil Carman and Greg Kuchel, and was subsequently selected to play against Victoria.
Kingston then transferred to Port Adelaide where he played another 51 games in four seasons and represented the state on another four occasions.
He returned to Norwood as the Technical and Development Officer in 1986 and 1987, and Football Manager in 1988 and 1989.
Bob Kingston was appointed General Manager of the Northern Territory Football League from 1996 to 1998.
R Cialini Oct 2014