(1911 - 1915 & 1919 - 1927)
Born on 5 November 1891 at Mt. Torrens, Guy Rupert Stephens went to the
same school as another well-known Norwood footballer, R.J.B.Townsend.
In fact, it was Townsend with the help of Guy's elder brother Victor,
who eventually persuaded Guy to move to Norwood, after having played his
early football at Birdwood and Gumeracha.
Guy played his first League game on the Adelaide Oval on May 13 1911 and
was destined to become one of the club's longest serving, and most
consistent footballers. He was named in a forward pocket, brother Vic at
centre-half back, and Townsend at centre-half forward. While Guy ended
up playing in all positions bar wing, his early days were mainly spent
up forward, and he was the club's leading goal-kicker in 1914 and 1915.
However, it was as a half-back flanker that he really made his mark. Guy
re-called that after a game against Sturt, when he kicked 1.15 on the
Unley Oval, that the decision was made for him to play in the backlines.
He became an integral part of the all-conquering Norwood half-back line
of Sid White, "Wacka" Scott and Guy Stephens.
His individual awards reflected the type of footballer he was : most
unselfish player in 1919, most consistent in 1921 and 1923, best placed
man in 1922 and 1925, and best user of the ball in 1924 and 1926.
Playing at half-back, Guy was high in Norwood's best players in its
Premiership wins of 1922, 1923 and 1925. Guy rated the 1922 Norwood
team as the best he played in. Scrupulously fair, he was noted for his
excellent disposal, coolness under pressure and reliability.
He donned the state jumper on 7 occasions, and in 1916 represented
Norwood in the Patriotic League. He toured Western Australia with the
Norwood team that played against East Fremantle, South Fremantle and a
combined West Australian team in 1914. Guy was also prominent in high
profile interstate club games versus Carlton (1921) and East Perth
Respected by team-mates and opponents alike, he played very good
football right to the end of his career. Initially a bad ankle injury
had forced him to retire at the end of the 1926 season. He did manage to
return in the middle of 1927, but a serious arm injury in his comeback
match saw him hang up his boots for good.
Like his brother Vic, he made his Norwood debut against West Adelaide,
and finished his career against the same club. He was awarded Norwood
Football Club and SANFL Life Memberships.
We proudly welcome Guy Rupert Stephens as Norwood's 60th Hall of Fame inductee.
Guernsey Number: 16, 17
NFC Games: 156
NFC Goals: 60
Premierships: 1922, 1923, 1925
NFC Life Member
Leading Goalkicker: 1914, 1915
South Australian Games: 7