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Key Facts

Full name
Norman John Goss Jnr

Known as
Norm Goss

Born
3 March 1951 (age 71)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 31d
Last game: 31y 52d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
Port Melbourne; South Melbourne; Hawthorn

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 12
Hawthorn: 1

Recruited from
Port Melbourne (1972); South Melbourne (1978)

Family links
Norm Goss Snr (Father)Paul Goss (Brother)Kevin Goss (Brother)

Norm Goss

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Port MelbourneVFA1968-197162
South MelbourneV/AFL1972-19771211611.3330%20.872.693.1826
HawthornV/AFL1978-1982811231.5259%15.835.322.3023
VFA1968-197162
V/AFL1972-19822022841.4142%18.843.752.8249
Total1968-19822642841.08

AFL: 8,437th player to appear, 606th most games played, 216th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 997th player to appear, 101st most games played, 39th most goals kickedHawthorn: 652nd player to appear, 181st most games played, 51st most goals kicked

After playing 62 VFA games for Port Melbourne between 1968 and 1971 Norm Goss was recruited by South Melbourne. Tough, tenacious and with sublime foot passing skills, particularly using his favoured left foot, he was an important player for the Swans for half a dozen seasons during which he played 121 VFL games and kicked 161 goals. Named club best and fairest in 1974 he also played interstate football for Victoria and was widely acknowledged as one of the most creative footballers in the league. After transferring to Hawthorn in 1978 he produced some of the best and most consistent football of his career, compensating in smarts for what he had lost in pace. He was a reserve in the Hawks' 1978 premiership team.

Norm Goss' father, also known as Norm Goss, was a legendary figure at Port Melbourne who also played some games in the VFL for Hawthorn when Port were in mothballs because of the war.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby and Jim Main

Footnotes

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