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Key Facts

Full name
Keith A. Thomas

Known as
Keith Thomas

Born
1 September 1961 (age 62)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 230d
Last game: 26y 360d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
Norwood; Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 2

Recruited from
Norwood (1987); Fitzroy (1989)

Hall of fame
South Australian Football Hall Of Fame (2008)

Keith Thomas

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
NorwoodSANFL1980-1986, 1989-19933043061.01
FitzroyV/AFL1987-198828150.5425%9.935.542.680
Total1980-19933323210.97

AFL: 9,824th player to appear, 5,730th most games played, 4,294th most goals kickedFitzroy: 1,046th player to appear, 382nd most games played, 291st most goals kicked

Keith Thomas' career tally of 304 senior SANFL games between 1980 and 1986 and from 1989 to 1993 puts him third on Norwood's all time list, behind only Michael Aish (307) and Garry McIntosh (371), and he loses nothing in comparison with those, or indeed any other luminaries, in the club's illustrious history. Quick, nimble and deadly near goal, Thomas' style bore numerous similarities to that of another modern day great, former Port Adelaide and Carlton champion Craig Bradley. 

A member of Norwood premiership teams in 1982 against Glenelg and two years later against Port Adelaide, he was the recipient after the latter Grand Final of the Jack Oatey Medal for best afield. A club best and fairest winner in 1985, Keith Thomas represented his state on five occasions, and was named on the interchange bench in the Redlegs' 'Official team of the Twentieth Century'. He spent the 1987 and 1988 seasons with Fitzroy in the VFL, playing 28 games and kicking 15 goals.

Appointed Port Adelaide's Chief Executive Officer in 2011 Keith Thomas recently announced that 2020 would be his last year in the position.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.