Originally from Port Augusta, Robert Martin attended Norwood High School and played in the 1963 Norwood Thirds (Under 19's) premiership team. Norwood defeated Sturt in the Grand Final : 15.19 to 11.4. He also played a few games for the Norwood Reserves during the season and represented the South Australian Under 19's against their Victorian counterparts on the Adelaide Oval, won comfortably by SA.
A good left foot kick and safe mark, he made his league debut in the opening round of the 1964 season - the Redlegs won a close one against Port Adelaide : 15.9 to 13.19.
In an impressive start to his senior career, Martin played in all 20 games in his first year and was Norwood's leading goal kicker with 30 majors from his half-forward flank. Martin was named the team's best junior.
Whilst he played another 12 senior games in 1965 (13 goals) he spent a lot of the season in the Reserves. He played another seven league games in 1966.
In 1967, after some solid performances in the Reserves at half-back/back-pocket, he was back in the League team (10 games). He was also named that year's best backman for the Reserves.
Bob Martin played his 50th senior game in 1968 and received a Five Year's Service award
R Cialini May 2020