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Robert OATEY

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 7, 2, 8, 1
Career: 1961 to 1973
NFC Games: 232
NFC Goals: 365
Debut: v South Adelaide (Adelaide) 4th May 1961
Finale: v Sturt (Adelaide) 29th August 1973

Norwood Captain: 1968 to 1973
Norwood Coach: 1968 to 1973
NFC Life Member
NFC Hall of Fame
SANFL Hall of Fame
Norwood Team of the Century
Best and Fairest: 1967, 1968, 1971, 1972
Leading Goalkicker: 1967 to 1969
Advertiser Team of the Year: 1962 to 63, 1965 to 1968, 1972
South Australian Games: 9
 

A true Norwood bloodline

Robert Oatey was the epitome of courage both as a player and a leader. Like his famous father Jack, he goaled with his first kick in league football and went on to coach Norwood. Strong-willed in his approach to the game, “RO” was also a vastly talented creative player who sometimes suffered because often he was two moves ahead of not only the opposition, but his teammates as well. As Norwood’s captain-coach, that occasionally made life difficult for all concerned, and led, like his dad, to occasional philosophical differences with the club.

Robert was a good enough footballer to finish runner-up to Barrie Robran for the 1968 Magarey Medal despite Norwood’s taking the wooden spoon that year, and was a regular State player in one of South Australia’s most exciting representative eras. A born teacher of our great Australian game, Robert later played and coached at Sturt and has maintained his connection with football throughout his life.

For 10 years the State under 16 and under 17 coach, he is now the SANFL coaching manager. Robert’s contribution to this club is significant. His is a true Norwood bloodline.

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