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Time to gather round Beyond the Bleachers - as footy fever kicks on in Norwood


The recent Gather Round at Norwood Oval was a monumental success and now local footy fans and history buffs can learn more about their beloved Redlegs at Beyond the Bleachers, an exclusive exhibition hosted by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Mayor Robert Bria said the Council is thrilled to be able to share a rare sneak peek into the history of the Norwood Football Club, using items collected by the Club’s History Committee, dating back to 1878.

“Just this month, thousands of South Australians and interstate fans flocked to Adelaide’s Premier Main Street, The Parade, the home of the Redlegs at Norwood Oval,” he said.

“With the excitement of the Gather Round being announced for another three years, we want to continue the momentum and remind everyone of the history and culture of one of the most coveted clubs in South Australia, the Norwood Football Club.

“Beyond the Bleachers is a treasure trove of memorabilia, which had been secreted away and rarely seen by the public.”

The exhibition of memorabilia at the Cultural Heritage Centre features an extensive range of memorabilia showcasing the Redlegs’ triumphs, struggles and enduring legacy including:

  • heritage guernseys;
  • photographs;
  • trophies, medals and a timeline of premierships;
  • rolling television footage of Club’s history making moments;
  • photos of the Oval’s changing landscape;
  • homemade memorabilia and;
  • the Club’s various logos and mascots.

“Significantly, some of the features remind us of the heroic contribution that Norwood Football Club players made serving in the armed forces and poignantly, the young men who tragically didn’t make it back home.”

Beyond the Bleachers is on display at the Cultural Heritage Centre, located in the St Peters Library, 101 Payneham Road, St Peters, until 30 May.

There is no need to book, simply visit the Centre during Library opening hours.

For more information phone 08 8334 0262.

Media enquiries: Robert Bria – 0431 754 077