Maxwell Edwin WALKER


Guernsey Number: 30, 15, 7
Career: 1941, 1944, 1948
NFC Games: 2
NFC Goals: 0
Debut: v Glenelg (Norwood) 24th May 1941
Finale: v North Adelaide (Kensington) 15th May 1948


Wartime competition 1942-1944
Norwood-North goals: 9
Norwood-North games: 0

Prior to his Norwood career, Max Walker had played in the East Torrens Association and in 1940 represented the association in a trial match against a third choice Norwood B team. Ironically, the following year Walker played a pre-season trial for Norwood B against East Torrens. He later played in a senior trial and gained a place on the association (seconds) training squad.

Mainly playing as a half back flanker he was chosen for the seconds in game one against North Adelaide. Max was named in the best players, as he was for the following three games. This led to him being named 19th man for the league side against Glenelg, his only league appearance that year.

With the suspension of the league competition in World War II a new patriotic competition was formed with sides combining to make a four team competition. Norwood combined with North Adelaide and Max played some early games with them before enlisting.

In 1944 Walker was stationed in Western Australia and trained with West Perth. Having established a permanent spot in the side he chose to stay in the West.

In 1948 he returned to South Australia and played in the early trials, winning a spot in the seconds training squad. His form was good enough to be named 20th man for the league against North Adelaide in what was to be his last league game.

In what was an incredibly unique Norwood career, Max was chosen for just two league games - seven years apart !

B Ridge July 2022

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