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Bill McCALLUM

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 29, 18
Career: 1931 to 1941
NFC Games: 154
NFC Goals: 137
Debut: v West Torrens (Norwood) 9th May 1931
Finale: v Sturt (Adelaide) 4th October 1941

Premierships: 1941
NFC Life Member
Norwood Hall of Fame
Best and Fairest: 1936
Magarey Medal: 1936
Leading Goalkicker: 1932
South Australian Games: 7
 

At just 12, inspired by a school visit from Norwood legend Wacka Scott, Bill McCallum decided he would grow up to be a Magarey Medallist. Fast forward another 12 years and Bill did just that, winning the 1936 Centenary Medal by two votes. It was a fitting individual reward for the high-flying centreman, moved up the ground that year for one stellar season in the middle.

At 187 cm Bill was tall for that position, and played most of his career in the other key posts. Wherever on the park he played, his overhead marking, developed in the hurly-burly of lunchtime contests at Norwood Central School, was a stand-out.

In his last game for Norwood, the 1941 grand final, Bill even rucked, kicked four goals and played in the club’s first premiership for 12 years. He was coached that day by his big brother Perc, also a Norwood Hall of Fame member. With father Fred, the McCallum boys made up one of the club’s great families, their name perpetuated by the McCallum Medal for the fairest and most brilliant player in the SANFL’s under-17 competition. Yes, with a few well-chosen words, Wacka Scott had been responsible for another page of Norwood history.

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