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Jack OATEY

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 8, 3, 4, 1
Career: 1940 to 1952
NFC Games: 162
NFC Goals: 218
Debut: v South Adelaide (Adelaide) 4th May 1940
Finale: v Sturt (Adelaide) 29th August 1952

Norwood Captain: 1945 to 1952
Norwood Coach: 1945 to 1952
Premierships: 1941, 1946 (cc), 1948 (cc), 1950 (cc)
NFC LifeMember
NFC Hall of Fame
SANFL Hall of Fame
AFL Hall of Fame
Norwood Team of the Century
Best & Fairest: 1940, 1941, 1945, 1948
South Australian Games: 7
State Captain: 1949, 1950
VFL/AFL Clubs: South Melbourne
 

Wartime competition 1942-1944
Norwood-North games: 19
Norwood-North goals: 15

Jack Oatey is the football coach’s coach. For as long as the game is played, his deeds as a leader and mentor with Norwood and later West Adelaide and Sturt will be remembered. So it is timely to recall that Jack was also a skilful and courageous Norwood rover. He was club champion in his first season and again the next, when he was runner-up for the 1941 Magarey Medal.

He finished with four premierships and as many club champion awards. It was as a coach, though, that Jack extended the game’s boundaries, bringing an unerring eye for talent and an unflinching work ethic to the task of building strong teams that could sustain their success.

At the Parade, Jack’s methods, high on discipline and fitness, didn’t always suit those of his players who failed to share his vision. But it was at Norwood that Jack realised how far he had to take football to explore its potential, and his own. His influence is profound and his record unassailable, as both his AM for services to football and the AFL Hall of Fame recognise.

Perhaps Jack’s greatest legacy is the coaches he coached. Norwood is proud of its history with Jack Oatey, and of its association with all the Oatey family.

Further honours: Member of the Order of Australia, AFL Hall of Fame, SA coach 1950, 1959

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