Henry Edward Patrick WHITFIELD


Guernsey Number: 25, 24
Career: 1924 to 1928
NFC Games: 56
NFC Goals: 36
Debut: v Port Adelaide (Norwood) 10th May 1924
Finale: v North Adelaide (Prospect) 2nd June 1928


Born at Norwood and educated at Norwood High School, Henry Edward Patrick Whitfield was a son of former well-known sporting identity H E Whitfield. Henry jnr however did not play football while at school, and left in 1918.
He played his first game with East Torrens in 1919, and continued with that team until 1922.
A brilliant high mark and normally a reliable kick, Whitfield played for the Norwood Reserves in 1923 and impressed in the finals.
He made his league debut in 1924 and played 12 games for the year. Capable of playing as a key forward/defender, he quickly developed into one of Norwood's most improved players and was named the club's best junior for 1924.
In 1925 he spent time at centre-half forward after the regular key-forward Philip "Perka" Lee was injured. Whitfield played 11 senior games, and was named as a reserve in the league Grand Final against West Torrens but was omitted on game day. Norwood won  8.4 to 7.9 .
He played another 12 games in 1926.
In 1927 Whitfield played 16 games and was named the team's most improved.
He was limited to five league appearances in 1928 and was presented with a Five Years' Service Certificate.
Although Whitfield played in an era when Norwood's league teams were particularly strong, he still managed to play 56 senior games over a five year period.
A very talented cricketer, he captained the East Torrens Cricket Club and represented the State as an all-rounder. 
Henry Whitfield died on the 15th January 1937, as a result of blood poisoning caused by a carbuncle on an elbow

R Cialini June 2020


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