Joseph F TRAYNOR
Before being enticed to Norwood by A J Diamond in late 1878, Traynor had already established himself as the premium follower in the colony, while playing for Hotham (North Melbourne) from 1874 to 1878.
He played very well and kicked the only goal in the premiership deciding match versus Victorian in 1878, his debut game for Norwood and was rated the best player in the State in 1879 and Norwood's best in 1881 and 1882.
At the end of 1884 Traynor had scored more goals than any other Norwood player.
Dubbed "the prince of followers" during his career at Norwood, Traynor was a key player in many of its interstate clashes, including the match against Essendon, the first time a South Australian club side had beaten a touring Victorian team.
Traynor was a valuable member of the first South Australia team to play Victoria in 1879.
He was an elite performer in a team that rarely lost a game in its first 6 seasons and was regarded as a scrupulously fair footballer, a superb follower, possessing great strength, stamina and skill, a fine mark and sure kick.
An all-round sportsman, Traynor also contributed to the supremacy of Norwood's cricket team during the 1880's.
He worked as a blacksmith's striker in Melbourne, and as a Custom's Officer in South Australia
Traynor never married, but left relatives in Victoria. He was awarded NFC Life Membership in 1885 and served on the Match/General Committee in 1881 and 1883.
R Cialini Feb 2013