We think that Frederick was the forename of the F. McArthur who was named at centre half-back for his league debut against the reigning premier, South Adelaide, on Queen’s Accession Day 1897. Before an Adelaide Oval crowd of almost 9,000, Norwood enjoyed an upset 5.6 to 4.6 victory.
A new scoring system was introduced in 1897, mainly through the advocacy of the Port Adelaide delegate to the SA Football Association, Mr R. Cruickshank. Previously only goals were counted, though behinds were still recorded. Henceforth, a goal was worth six points and a behind one point. Norwood benefited against Port at Adelaide Oval on 15 May, winning by three points, 3.11 to 4.2. McArthur was on a forward flank when these teams met again at the same venue on 17 July. It was wet and windy. This time a late goal in semi-darkness gave Port a three-point win, 3.10 to 3.7.
McArthur kicked two goals when Norwood thumped West Adelaide 11.20 to 1.4 at Adelaide Oval on 7 August. He kicked a goal in the 18.18 to 1.1 mauling of West Torrens at Kensington Oval on 16 August.
His last appearance for Norwood was on a half-back flank against Geelong at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 16 September. Geelong won 10.7 to 3.5. Norwood finished the season behind Port and South. McArthur returned to obscurity – unless he was the F. McArthur who, often with J. McArthur, played junior cricket for Dulwich between 1894 and 1898.
P. Robins, G. Adams August 2023