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Universally known during his playing days as “Pop”, Alwin Faggotter first represented North Adelaide in the first game of the 1954 season at the age of 23. He spent three seasons with North, playing 20 games, before deciding that it was too difficult to combine his occupation as a farmer at Myponga with a league career. He therefore played the next few seasons with his local club before getting an unexpected SOS from coach Jack McCarthy in the middle of the 1960 season.
This call and Pop’s positive response was one of the final pieces required by McCarthy to complete the Premiership jigsaw. He played his first game for 4 years at age 29 in the round 11 clash against Norwood, and then played a prominent role in North’s finals campaign. He kicked the goal that sealed the match against Port Adelaide in the second semi final to enable North to hold on by 10 points against a fast finishing Magpies outfit. Then after Norwood had defeated Port in the preliminary final with Bill Wedding being dominant, Pop was part of a three pronged ruck outfit that together with John Bubner and Barry Kent blunted the Norwood rucks to enable North to complete a magnificent five point victory. To complete an unusual double, Faggotter played in Myponga’s premiership team as well.
Faggotter played another season with North before returning to Myponga and the farm. Alwin was a man of deep faith and he gave up dairy farming to become a minister with the Christian Revival Crusade, ministering first at Mount Compass and then at Port Lincoln before retiring to Woodcroft. Even in retirement he ministered at Christies Beach.
In the early 2000s Alwin showed great courage in his fight against cancer as he had as a premiership player with the Roosters. He only played 46 games in a career that spanned 8 years, but he will always be remembered fondly by Roosters’ supporters as the player who came back from the farm half way through a season to help win a premiership.
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