Having been a Norwood colts player, Albert Trembath was chosen to play in a pre-season trial in 1908. It was a game between the Norwood first team and the seconds. He had an outstanding game, playing as a follower. The Quiz 1 May 1908 reported,
”Alby Trembath is a good enough footballer for any senior team in the State. He uses great judgement and is thoroughly solid.”
Consequently, he was chosen to play in the opening round against South Adelaide. He kicked a goal and The Quiz 5 May 1908 had this to say, “Trembath played well at times. When he gets over the nervous feeling of being in a big match Tremmy will be all right.” Tremmy held his position for 8 more games before being relegated to the seconds.
He played with the seconds for the next two seasons and it provided him with a rare opportunity. His older brother, Billy Trembath, a Norwood premiership player and best and fairest winner had retired in 1904 due to injury but in 1910 he came out of retirement to captain the Norwood seconds. This provided the opportunity for the two brothers to play together and culminated with premiership success.
With a number of retirements at the end of the 1910 season, the door opened for Alby to make a return to the league side. He was selected to play at full back or goalkeeper as it was then termed, He made a success of this, culminating in Alby being awarded the Best Backman Award at the 1913 annual general meeting.
This was a tough time in Norwood’s history as they struggled to raise themselves from the bottom of the league table. In an attempt to lift performance, Trembath alternated between ruck and full back. In reference to this Sport 2 July 1915 stated, “The Norwoods cannot spare Trembath from between the sticks.”
Alby Trembath’s career, like so many others, came to an end when the league competition was suspended in 1916 due to World War One
B Ridge Oct 2018