Jim Norman came to Norwood as a young Mid-North farmer and contributed to premierships in 1887 and 1888.
Jim was born at Saddleworth on 26 April 1866, the son of William Norman and the former Susanna Reed. He worked at his father's farm at Pekina and later went to Teetulpa in search of gold. He married Mary Marshall, of Pekina, and came to Adelaide to live.
As a forward in his first year with Norwood, 1886, he was rated one of the best of the new men by 'Follower' in The Express and Telegraph. Norwood finished third, behind Adelaide and South Adelaide, but returned to the fore when 'Topsy' Waldron resumed as captain after a year off. Jim did not make waves but earned his keep as a reliable place man.
He was a member of the Norwood party which visited Victoria in May 1888 for matches against Carlton, Geelong, Port Melbourne and Ballarat.
Jim was employed by Bagshaw & Sons for over 20 years and left to work for the Tramways Trust as a blacksmith when horse cars were in their heyday. He retired at 65
Jim Norman lived at Underdale for more than 30 years. He was 80 when he died on 3 January 1946, survived by his widow and an adopted son, Don Norman of Croydon
P Robins Nov 2018