Prior to joining Norwood, Gordon Bright Whitford had played for West Adelaide (13 games, 1922-23) and had earlier played at Port Lincoln and impressed as a half forward/full forward. A high mark and a good kick, he booted five goals in a match against Port Adelaide in 1923.
On April 30, 1924 he was granted a clearance to Norwood from West.
He played his only league game for Norwood against Port Adelaide, in the second round of the 1924 season. He kicked a goal, Norwood lost the match, and he was named at centre half forward for the reserves the following week.
Injury forced him into premature retirement, and he took on umpiring - officiating in college and amateur competitions.
In 1927 Whitford made a comeback with South Adelaide, playing a total of 33 games (1927-28, 30) He captained the South reserves in 1929 and was awarded the Nitschke Medal for the best follower in the association (reserves) competition.
He went back to umpiring after his playing days at South were over.
A noted swimmer, he captained the South Australian Amateur Swimming Club for many years
R Cialini June 2019