Wilfred SPARKS


Guernsey Number: 11
Career: 1920 to 1922
NFC Games: 9
NFC Goals: 4
Debut: v West Torrens (Hindmarsh) 10th May 1920
Finale: v East Perth (Norwood) 26th August 1922

Reserves Magarey Medal: 1922


A local junior, Wilfred Clarence Sparks made his League debut early in 1920, having played for the Norwood B team (Reserves) the previous season. He was best known as a rover, although he also played occasionally as a wingman.
Sparks failed to secure a permanent role in the league side and subsequently spent a lot of his time at Norwood playing in the B grade. He played as a rover in the 1922 Norwood B's Grand Final loss to West Torrens and also in his last league game for the club against East Perth earlier that season.
In 1922, Sparks played 15 games for Norwood's B grade, winning the Reserves Magarey Medal as well as the club's Best and Fairest.
After again playing for Norwood B's in 1923, he left for NSW, and joined the Newtown Football Club. Regarded as one of that state's finest footballers, he represented NSW in 1925 and 1926. He was named in the first ruck in the game against Victoria on the MCG in 1925. The following season he represented Sydney against Canberra.
He returned from Sydney in 1927, and again played for the Norwood B team.

R Cialini Aug 2014

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