Walter Morgan joined Norwood in 1906 from Christian Brothers College (CBC) where in 1905 he had played in the First 18 team captained by Tom Leahy, who went on to play for West Adelaide and North Adelaide and coach Norwood to premierships in 1922 and 1923.
Morgan made his debut for Norwood against Essendon on 25th July 1906 at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground, won by Norwood 6.13 to 4.12. On its tour of Victoria, Norwood also played and were victorious against Ballarat and Fitzroy but it is unclear whether Morgan featured in these games as his name does not appear in the newspaper reports.
Morgan’s only senior game against West Adelaide at Norwood on the 18th August saw the home side victorious 11.17 to 3.10 with Morgan kicking two goals from “forward right wing”
Morgan may have played some games for the Norwood’s second 18 team, which had its first season in the Adelaide and Suburban Football Association, but he was not named in the side which won the premiership by defeating Semaphore Central 8.6 to 5.13 in the final on the 29 September 1906 at the Jubilee Oval.
In a retrospective of the 1906 season The Register noted that for Norwood “… Morgan who was tried in Melbourne and against West Adelaide promises to make a reliable and useful back” ( 17 Sept 1906, p 9)
It would appear that Morgan was a junior who had made an impression in his few senior games in 1906 but his name does not appear in later reports until he featured in a CBC Past vs CBC Present game on the 2nd June 1909 on the East Parklands ground.
A Walter Morgan was a member of the West Adelaide B team in 1912 and is included in the club’s list of World War I veterans. A member of the 27th Battalion, he was killed in action in France on the 15th October 1917.
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