THE Norwood Football Club would like to congratulate former Captain and Coach Jack Oatey AM’s deserved elevation to official Legend status in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
An inaugural inductee as a coach in 1996, Oatey became the third South Australian to be bestowed the game’s highest honour.
Joining Magarey Medallists Barrie Robran and Malcolm Blight as Legends in the Australian Football Hall of Fame, Oatey remains as SANFL’s longest-serving coach having guided Norwood, West Adelaide, and Sturt for a total of 786 games across 38 years.
Oatey began his career at the Norwood Football Club in 1940 where the clever, diminutive rover won Norwood’s best and fairest award in his first year of league football.
He went on to win a Premiership with the Redlegs in 1941 and was made Captain/Coach from 1945 to 1952.
This was a successful period for Norwood as Oatey led the club to Premiership success in 1946, 1948 and 1950.
Oatey played a total of 162 games for the club kicking 218 goals and is named in the Norwood Team of the Century.
The Norwood Football Club would again like to congratulate Jack Oatey on his deserved elevation to Legend status.