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Key Facts

Full name
Norman Ware

Known as
Norm Ware

5 March 1911

26 August 2003 (aged 92)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 56d
Last game: 35y 186d

Height and weight
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 91 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 4

Recruited from
Sale (1932)

Family links
Walter Ware (Brother)Bob Ware (Nephew)

Norm Ware

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FootscrayV/AFL1932-1942, 1944-19462002201.1044%22.7010.40130
Total1932-1942, 1944-19462002201.1044%22.7010.40130

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,893rd player to appear, 648th most games played, 349th most goals kickedFootscray: 147th player to appear, 28th most games played, 18th most goals kicked

Norm Ware was a clever and unusually pacy and mobile big man who contributed an enormous amount to the development of Footscray as a league force during the 1930s and 1940s. As a ruckman, he was hard to beat in the air, but the fact that he also moved like a rover made him a doubly valuable player. Later in his career he moved onto the forward lines with telling effect, topping Footscray's goal kicking list with 51 goals in 1942.

Recruited by Footscray from Sale, Ware made his VFL debut in 1932, and won the first of his five club best-and-fairest awards two years later. Always scrupulously fair, he was held in the utmost esteem by his team mates, and earned the admiration of opponents. He captained Footscray in 1940 and was captain-coach in 1941-42. In 1941 he made history by becoming the first, and to date only, playing coach to win the Brownlow Medal. At the age of 30 he was also, at the time, the oldest player to have won the Medal.

Ware's 200th and last VFL game was the 1946 First Semi Final against Melbourne. Footscray lost, but Ware went out in style, booting four goals for a final career tally of 220. 

In 2002, Ware's importance in the history of Footscray was recognised when he was selected in the club's official 'Team of the Century'.

Author - John Devaney


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