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Howard Charles McKinnon Norton was the first of 3 generations of the Norton family to play league football for the Club.
Howard, or “Nimmo” as he was known, played for the North Adelaide Colts in 1940 and made his league debut in round one of 1941. He proceeded to play every league game that season and was given an award for the “Most Promising Colt” for the league side. Howard had the privilege of playing alongside the great Ken Farmer in what was Ken’s last season for North Adelaide.
Howard then played 6 games for the combined Norwood-North team in 1942 including playing in a semi-final. As happened with many footballers of that era, his career stalled due to war service where he served with the army from February 1943 until September 1945. He did manage to play one game for North in 1945 when the SANFL resumed as an 8 team competition.
Howard’s son Geoff was a fine contributor for North in the late 1960s and early 1970s and Howard’s grandson and Geoff’s nephew, Blake, became the third generation of the Norton family to represent the club at league level when he played for North in 1994.
As far as the Club’s History Committee can ascertain, the Norton family join the Lehmann and Tuckey families and as the only three families who have represented North Adelaide at League level over three generations.
Howard passed away in 2014 at 91 yeaes of age.