Bob Skinner came to Norwood via Prince Alfred Old Collegians in the Amateur League. At 198cm and a State high-jumper, he was a valuable member of Norwood's ruck brigade, despite playing in an era where the club was blessed with many big name ruckmen, such as Peter Dalwood, Graham Nicholls, John Marriott, Bill Wedding, Pat Hall and Norm Walker.
He was selected in the State training squad in his first season and played for the State second 18 against Broken Hill in 1955.
In 1956 he was a member of the Norwood side that defeated Carlton in an end of season night match on Norwood Oval and in 1958, also played against the Geelong and Footscray touring sides.
Skinner retired from league football at a relatively early age due to business commitments and returned to PAOC in the Amateur League. He represented the State amateurs in the 1959 national carnival, and again versus Victoria the following season.
A Norwood Football Club Life Member, Bob Skinner was Club Chairman in 1970 , serving on the club's Executive Committee from 1970 to 1971 as well as being Chairman of Selectors.
Mark Skinner, brother of Bob, also played League football for Norwood from 1962 to 1964.
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