Bob Paxton came to the 1945 Norwood trials having played previously with Norwood Colts as a wingman or rover.
Although playing sufficiently well to be invited to train with the league squad, initially he was not chosen for the league or seconds.
In 1945 the Norwood Football Club sponsored the post World War II reformation of the East Torrens Association. As well as sides including Norwood Union, Athelstone, Ashton, Payneham and Salisbury, Norwood entered a side called Norwood C. It was in this side that Paxton initially played.
His ability and form saw him promoted to the seconds and his rapid rise culminated when he was chosen in the league side against West Adelaide in early August.
Paxton retained his spot for the remaining six matches. His first three games were at half forward, the next three saw him roving. His seventh and last game was against West Torrens in a preliminary final. In an unusual move coach Oatey decided to move his outstanding wingman, Doug Olds, from his wing into roving. Paxton then took over Olds’ position on the wing. The subsequent loss by four points suggests the move wasn’t as successful as hoped.
Bob made his appearance in the 1946 trials but only made the Association (seconds) training list. He eventually finished the season playing for Payneham in the A1 Amateur League.
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