Vale Gordon Schwartz OAM

The Norwood Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of former player and South Australian Hall of Fame member, Gordon Schwartz. 

Gordon Bryant Schwartz was born at Freeling in South Australia on the 23rd June 1922, the son of the successful local football captain and coach, and grew up at Port Pirie. He attended Prince Alfred College before serving as a RAAF Flight-Lieutenant in Europe in World War II.

After demobilisation, he played three league games for Norwood as a left-footed half-forward in 1946-47 and 13 games with West Torrens in 1948.

He was a country tennis champion and a state player. Gordon became a distinguished journalist and media commentator, covering his first league match for The Sunday Advertiser in 1954. By 1986, a year before his retirement, he had covered 1,000 SANFL football matches. Beyond newspapers, he had an extensive radio and television career with 5AD, 5DN and the ABC and anchored the World of Sport show on Channel 7 where he appeared for 17 years.

In 2002 Gordon Schwartz was inducted into the inaugural SA Football Hall of Fame as a journalist and in 2005 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to journalism and sport in South Australia.

The Norwood Football Club extends its deepest sympathy to the Schwartz family as it honours Gordon’s outstanding service to the game in South Australia.