Bert Rowley joined Norwood in 1889 from the Medindie Football Club where, in 1888 he was the club’s inaugural captain, best and fairest and leading goal kicker. He played 13 games and kicked four goals for the Medindies.
Newspaper reports indicate that Rowley had an outstanding season for Norwood and featured in the team’s victory over Port Adelaide to claim the first premiership won in a “grand final” playoff. The two teams had finished the season equal on wins and goals so a final game was arranged to decide the premiership. The match played on the 5th October at the Adelaide Oval, before a crowd of 7, 227 saw Norwood run out winners, 7.4 to 5.9.
In 1890 Bert Rowley joined his younger brother George at South Adelaide where he played until 1892.
Albert Rowley was born on the 9th November 1868 and died on the 10th July 1941
N Haines April 2015, W Heading April 2023