Years Coached: 1935
Jack Ettwell George Sexton was born on 27 February 1900 and commenced playing with Glenelg in 1925. He played 47 games for the Bays but in 1930, after a salary dispute with the club, he transferred to West Adelaide where he played 19 games and won the Magarey Medal in 1931.
The brilliant centreman moved to Fitzroy in 1932 and captained the side in 1932 and 1933. At the Maroons, as Fitzroy was then known, he played alongside Haydn Bunton Snr who won the second of his three Brownlow Medals in 1932 and Wilfred “Chicken” Smallhorn who won the Medal in 1933.
After recording 29 games with Fitzroy, Sexton moved back to Adelaide in 1935 for business reasons and joined Norwood as captain-coach. Under Sexton, the team that had finished seventh with only five wins the previous year, won five of its first six matches before he contracted pleurisy and was unable to play or coach from June. In August, Sexton made a brief recovery and was able to attend training but he suffered a relapse shortly before the semi-final against Sturt in September and did not recover. Jack Sexton died on 26 October 1935.
Sexton was beset with injuries and illness throughout his playing career and was only able to play 101 games in eleven seasons with the four clubs he represented. During his brief time at Norwood he was highly regarded and the club’s 1935 Annual Report recorded that Sexton was “ Possessed of an outstanding personality [and] did a vast amount of good for the club”
W Heading July 2014