John Hillman was born in 1943 at the Osmond Tce Hospital, Norwood and lived in Beulah Park opposite a reserve where he honed his running and ball-handling skills.
He attended Wellington Road Primary School (now Trinity Gardens) from 1949 to 1956, playing in and winning two Mark Mitchell Shields, for the best football school in the metropolitan area, in 1954 and 1956. In 1956 he represented South Australia in Launceston, and amongst his teammates were football identities, Wayne Jackson and Trevor Jacques. During the year Hillman also won the school’s Athletics Cup.
To read more click here.