Leonard Redvers PARKER


Guernsey Number: 16, 17
Career: 1927 to 1928
NFC Games: 17
NFC Goals: 4
Debut: v Glenelg (Norwood) 30th April 1927
Finale: v Port Adelaide (Adelaide) 6th October 1928


Leonard Redvers Parker was born in Port Pirie on 11 August 1900 and was invited to train with Norwood in 1927 after impressing at country level. In 1920 he had played with William Heinrich (63 NFC games, 1921-26) at Freeling, before joining Murray Bridge and Karoonda.

Parker was at Karoonda (Murray Lands Association) for five years, where he worked for the Bank of Adelaide , and captained the club to a flag in each season. He had previously also had a stint at Port Pirie.

A skilful player, the right-footer was regarded as a good mark who could play in the centre or in defence. Solidly built, he was also keen on boxing and gymnastics. 

He was 26 years of age when he made his league debut in the opening round of the 1927 season. Norwood defeated Glenelg comfortably and Parker, named as a follower, was one of the best players on the ground.

Parker played 14 league games for the year and was the recipient of the team's "most unselfish" award.

Later in 1927 Parker won the prestigious Bay Sheffield sprint race.

The following year he only played three league games, spending most of the season in the Reserves.

Len Parker served in the Australian Army during World War 2.

He died on June 27, 1976.

R Cialini, M Giles March 2021

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