Phil Carman was the player of his generation as one of the first full-time professional footballers, capable of turning a game with inspirational marks and goals.
Recruited from Edenhope Victoria, “Fabulous Phil” played just over 50 memorable games for the Norwood Football Club. A superbly talented footballer, he made an outstanding debut in 1970, in round 1 against Port Adelaide on the Norwood Oval.
However, Carman’s career was destined to be affected by controversy and by mid-season he was banned from playing for Norwood. Having initially been cleared by the Australian National Football Council to the NFC, he spent two years out of the game as a result of a clearance dispute between Norwood and Collingwood, and the Victorian club’s refusal to allow him to play for the Redlegs. Carman was finally cleared to play for Norwood again in 1972 and he continued to show his extraordinary skills as a key position player or ruck-rover.
A powerful athlete, capable of taking a strong mark and equally adept on both sides of the body, the flamboyant Carman was simply unstoppable on his day. In 1974, Collingwood finally persuaded him to play in the Victorian Football League and he made an immediate impact on the competition. In his first VFL season in 1975 he won the Copeland Trophy as Collingwood’s Best and Fairest and represented Victoria against Western Australia. Sadly, it was in this match that he broke a bone in his foot and missed the last 9 weeks of the season. Amazingly he still finished just 3 votes away from winning the Brownlow Medal.
Phil Carmans biography Fabulous Phil, written by Matt Watson, outlines the highs and lows of his career and we’re excited to announce that Phil will be at Dillions Bookshop in Norwood on Friday the 30th of June to sign copies of his book.
Phil is also our guest speaker at our pre-match function when we meet the West Adelaide Football Club on the 2nd of July at Coopers Stadium. His book Fabulous Phil will be available to purchase for signing.