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Key Facts

Full name
Norman Leslie Barron

Known as
Norm Barron

15 May 1899

Place of birth
Parkside, SA (5063)

25 September 1987 (aged 88)

Place of death
Adelaide, SA (5000)

Manager, R. Barron and Son

Height and weight
Height: 165 cm

Senior clubs

State of origin

Family links
Bob Barron (Father)

Norm Barron

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
SturtSANFL1919, 1921-1928, 1930-19311331461.10
Total1919, 1921-1928, 1930-19311331461.10

Norm Barron is something like Freddy (Odgers) in style, but he seems to have a little longer stride. He holds his head high, like Jack Karney, of West Torrens, and Lloyd Davies of North Adelaide and to see him slipping throughthe pack, the ease with which he evades those who would endeavour to check him, and the smoothness which characterises his running, left or right drop- kick, lends weight to the belief held by many Sturtites that after a season or two’s experience (he is still very young) he will be seriously competing with any rover in the State for interstate honors.¹

Polished, effervescent and pacy, Sturt’s Norm Barron was regarded as one of the best South Australian rovers of his generation. A smooth ball handler, and a fine drop kick, if he had a flaw in his game it was that over-confidence sometimes caused him to try to do too much. Nevertheless, his impact at Sturt was considerable, with his dynamic contribution to the 1926 premiership win being particularly significant. 

Barron made his senior debut for the Double Blues as an eighteen year old in 1919, and became a regular in the side the following year. He won the club’s best and fairest award in 1924. His league career, which finished in 1931, comprised 133 games, and saw him kick 146 goals. He was an interstate player for South Australia 13 times, including games at the 1927 Melbourne carnival. He was included in the forward pocket in Sturt’s official ‘Team of the Twentieth Century’.

Author - John Devaney


1. “Daily Herald”, 7/7/22, page 7.


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