Joe Travers joined Norwood in April 1936, after being granted a permit by the North Adelaide and the Mintaro Football Clubs. Speedy and a good user of the ball, he came to Norwood as a centreman/rover, but was also capable of playing as a forward or defender.
Travers made his league debut in 1936, playing 16 games in his first season. In July of that year he travelled to Clare with a Norwood A side to play against a Stanley Association team. The Redlegs won the encounter and Travers was awarded a trophy for his best on ground performance. At season's end, Travers was named the club's "Best Utility".
The following year he played another 16 league games and was awarded the trophy for "Best Position" player. In May he had been selected in a 23 man Norwood league squad that travelled to Kadina to play Port Adelaide in a exhibition match which Norwood won by one point.
Travers added another 11 games in 1938 and was in the Norwood team that played a Port Pirie Association line-up in a mid-season clash on the Port Pirie Memorial Oval.
He moved addresses from Norwood to Forestville in 1939, joined the West Adelaide Football Club and played nine league games for the season.
After retiring as a player, Travers was appointed as a field umpire by the league in April 1941.
Travers also played A Grade cricket for Kensington, and had the honour of playing under the iconic Don Bradman
R Cialini April 2019