Philip Gallagher was educated at Sacred Heart College, and later went on to study at Flinders University. He played a handful of games for the Norwood Reserves in 1972 while still at college. Playing on a wing, he starred in the Reserves Grand Final victory over North Adelaide.
“Gags” made his league debut against Sturt in Round 1, 1973, and showed class and poise in his first season of senior football, finishing sixth in the best and fairest award. A serious shoulder injury sustained in round 4 restricted him to 15 appearances for the year.
Gallagher saved his best performances for the big games, and provided some particularly memorable moments. In the 1975 Grand Final versus Glenelg, in a low-scoring encounter, he scored a clutch goalkicking into the wind in the last quarter.
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