The Norwood Football Club would like to extend it’s sincere sympathies to the Oatey family after the sad passing of former player and coach Robert.
Robert Oatey was the epitome of courage both as a player and a leader. Like his famous father Jack, he goaled with his first kick in league football and went on to coach Norwood.
In 1970 Robert was awarded Life Membership at the Norwood Football Club, which epitomised his undivided commitment and love for the red and blue.
Oatey is a Norwood and SANFL Hall of Fame Member and led Norwood’s goalkicking from 1967 to 1969.
Oatey played nine games for South Australia and finished runner-up to Barrie Robran for the 1968 Magarey Medal.
Robert played 232 league games from 1961 – 1973 with the Norwood Football Club before transferring to Sturt in 1974.
The Club’s thoughts are with wife Raelee, son David, daughter Petra and other family.
Funeral details will be advised.
Guernsey Number: 7, 2, 8, 1
Career: 1961 to 1973
NFC Games: 232
NFC Goals: 365
Debut: v South Adelaide (Adelaide) 4th May 1961
Finale: v Sturt (Adelaide) 29th August 1973
Norwood Captain: 1968 to 1973
Norwood Coach: 1968 to 1973
NFC Life Member
NFC Hall of Fame
SANFL Hall of Fame
Norwood Team of the Century
Best and Fairest: 1967, 1968, 1971, 1972
Leading Goalkicker: 1967 to 1969
Advertiser Team of the Year: 1962 to 63, 1965 to 1968, 1972
South Australian Games: 9