Vale Brian Wells

The Norwood Football Club is deeply saddened to hear of the death of former player Brian Wells.

Brian Wells was a tenacious footballer and a good ball handler from Broken Hill. His accurate disposal by foot was probably his best asset, although he was also a very good mark for his size.

In 1954 Wells made his League debut against Glenelg in Round 1, as a centreman. He was one of the League’s best first year players, making 19 appearances and completed a fine season playing at centre half forward.

In 1955 Wells was named at centre half forward in the Norwood team which was defeated by Port Adelaide in the Grand Final. During the year he represented the State Second 18, ironically against a Broken Hill combined team, on the Adelaide Oval. He was awarded the Norwood trophy for “Best Placed Man” in 1954-55.

Wells returned to Broken Hill after the 1955 season, coaching North Broken Hill to a flag in 1957. He won the Middleton Medal in 1957, and played for New South Wales in the 1958 Centenary Australian Football Carnival in Melbourne.

He returned to Norwood in 1959, and played in his second losing SANFL Grand Final in 1960. Wells was selected at half forward against North Adelaide and Norwood were defeated 13.12 to 14.11. Wells was named the best team man for the 1960 season.

The club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Wells family.