PREMIERSHIPS - 1878  
PREMIERSHIPS  
   
 
 

1878

In its first season the Norwood Football Club remained undefeated

PREMIERS 1878



Season Review

Mr A J Diamond, Honorary Secretary, reported in the club's first Annual Report :
 
"Your committee in submitting their report on the first year of the club's career, have much pleasure in being able to congratulate the members on it's success.
The excellent espirit the corps which characterised all the proceedings of the club and the constant practice of the players, before and during the season, culminated in a success which is rare in the annals of any manly sport.
 In the Associated club matches , 8 were won, and 4 drawn. 23 goals were won, and only 2 lost, the result of the season placing the club in the premier position in the game in this colony."
 
                                             
Joe Osborn was appointed captain, with Alf McMichael the vice captain.
 
Norwood played its first game on May 18, versus South Adelaide, on the Adelaide Oval.
 
Its first home game in the East Parklands resulted in a win against Victorian.
 
George Giffen kicked the club's first ever goal in this game.
 
The club remained undefeated in its first season.
 
The competition included Adelaide, Kensington, Norwood, Port Adelaide, South Adelaide, South Park and Victorian.
 
During the season the team's better contributors included outstanding sportsman George Giffen, star forward William Dedman, recruited from South Adelaide, Bill Bracken (Carlton),  co-founder Harry Burnet, skipper Joe Osborn,  Alf McMichael (Carlton), Lou Suhard (Melbourne), Tom Blinman, and Joe Traynor (Hotham Hill) who kicked the winning goal in the season defining game against Victorian.
 
 
Page prepared by R Cialini, Aug 2012

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